Wilco Welcomes Beck, Sean Lennon And Cibo Matto At Jones Beach
Beck and his drummer-less, four-piece band offered a career-spanning set that included a number of deep cuts. Hansen even covered the tour headliner Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline Rag” with the help of Ryan Bingham fiddler Richard Bowden. The singer-songwriter ended his set with a cover of “Sleepless Nights” by The Everly Brothers and his beloved “Where It’s At.”
Since Bob Dylan didn’t bring out any guests last night, the onus was on Wilco, once again, to foster collaboration and they didn’t disappoint. Wilco has been showing off their skills as an exceptional cover band ever since last month’s “All-Request Set” at the Solid Sound fest. Yesterday, Wilco brought out Beck for an exceptional five-song string that ended their set. Beck and singer-songwriter Roger Manning emerged 11 songs into Wilco’s set for a cover of Big Star co-leader Chris Bell’s solo classic “I Am The Cosmos.” Hansen stuck around for “California Stars” before leading Wilco, Manning and members of NYC downtown scene fixtures Cibo Matto through his own breakthrough hit “Loser.” All of Wilco’s time backing other musicians this tour paid dividends on the amazing version of “Loser.”
Wilco ended their set with a pair of Beatles covers featuring not only Beck and Cibo Matto but also Sean Lennon. John’s son sat in with Jeff Tweedy and Co. on his father’s “Yer Blues” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Beck played harmonica for the former and tambourine for the latter. AmericanaramA moves on to Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ tonight.