Wilco star of Trampled by Turtles at rescheduled concert in Green Bay area


ASHWAUBENON – It came a year later than expected, but somehow the Double Bill Stomped on by Turtles and Wilco seemed right on time.

On a beautiful last Friday of summer, an almost full moon suspended above the stadium lights of Capital Credit Union Park, the welcome and long-awaited sound of music and cheers from music lovers filled the September night.

“Hello,” said Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. “We missed you too.”

Originally announced in January 2020 and scheduled for September 18, 2020, the double bill was to be the inaugural concert of the $ 14 million Green Bay Booyah Stadium which opened in 2019. COVID-19 turned those plans upside down, and rock band Badflower slipped in to take first concert honors in May.

Still, it was hard to beat a revered band from Chicago (Wilco) and a beloved band from Duluth, Minnesota (Trampled by Turtles) – both led by brilliant songwriters in Tweedy and Dave Simonett, respectively – meeting in the middle of Green Bay will co-title one of the first major touring concerts in Northeast Wisconsin since the pandemic.

Simonett’s voice was like a soothing balm on “Alone”, only to spark Ryan Young’s fiddle fury later in the set. Wilco, who closed the night, opened (rightly, some would say) with “A Shot in the Arm” and typed “One and a Half Stars” and “Random Name Generator” from the start.

Wilco performs at Capital Credit Union Park on Friday, September 17, 2021, in Green Bay.

This was just one of three dates the two groups are organizing together. They played in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday and visited Welch, Minnesota on Saturday.

Capital Credit Union Park has a concert capacity of 9,000-10,000. The grounds were mostly filled on Friday, but not without space for people to distance themselves from the main crowd. A few fans brought blankets and settled down along the perimeters. Reserved seats for levels and clubs were also sold.

In a post on the venue’s Facebook page prior to the concert, face coverings were encouraged. No proof of vaccination was required to enter.

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Contact Kendra Meinert at 920-431-8347 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @KendraMeinert.

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