Jeff Tweedy at Boulder Theater, 1/8/11
With The Handsome Family
1.8.2011 | Boulder Theater
When Jeff Tweedy opened the second show of his sold-out two-night stand at the Boulder Theater with "Sunken Treasure," the venue was amazingly quiet except for a few cheers during high points of the song. With an achingly stunning take on the Wilco tune from Being There, the Wilco frontman immediately captivated pretty much everyone in the venue, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
The audience was just attentive through equally gorgeous renderings of "Remember the Mountain Bed" and Uncle Tupelo's "Wait Up." Tweedy told the crowd, "I can tell already you guys are so much better than last night's audience." There had been reports of Friday night's crowd being much more boisterous.
The show was captivating enough with "How to Fight Loneliness" -- which Tweedy ended with a live fade, saying it was "kind of the sonic equivalent of pretending you're walking down the stairs behind the couch"-- "I'll Fight" and the bouncy "Someday, Some Morning, Sometime." But after "Not for the Season," Tweedy asked the folks in the crowd if they were booing. "I can take it," Tweedy said. "People don't boo as much as they used to. Fine, that's how you want to play it. Boo you as an audience. Suck!" A moment later, he joked, "Don't try to talk about my mom."
"Actually, it'll be kind of fun if you just booed me after every song," Tweedy said. After some people booed, Tweedy joked, "Yeah, try it. We'll see how long this show is."