***UPDATE: A second Minnesota show has been announced for the day after Duluth, July 2, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, also with Blitzen Trapper as an opener. Those tickets ($46) go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.
Wilco fans in Minnesota may want to hold off on putting away their winter-weather gear for the year: Jeff Tweedy and Co. were brave enough to commit to another show at Duluth’s Bayfront Park on July 1. Presumably, the weather won’t be as miserable as the dreary, near-freezing, rain and sleet-soaked scene when the band played there the week after Labor Day in 2007. But you never know. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through www.eTix.com for $46 and $36. The pricier seats will be in a small reserved section near the front of the stage. This will likely be the Chicago band’s only Minnesota stop this summer, though the Duluth promoters said they did not know that for sure.
For those who haven't been there, Bayfront Park houses a large, ornate amphitheater-style stage with the Aerial Lift Bridge and Duluth harbor for a scenic backdrop. Wilco's show there in '07 was cooly complemented by some giant iron-ore carriers floating by behind the stage. Another nice compliment this time will be Blitzen Trapper for the opening act. Showtime for the Sunday gig is listed as 6 p.m.