Nat scored us tickets to see Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy perform at a fundraiser for Chicago Mayoral Candidate Rahm Emanuel on Sunday night. We had general admission tickets which didn't guarantee us a seat, but we arrived shortly after the doors opened and snagged GREAT seats at the counter by the bar. Unobstructed views and close proximity to the bar plus a seat = suburban dad's dream concert set up.
Rahm showed up a bit after six pm and went about greeting people. I have to give him credit: he worked the room - and not just the high dollar tables. He was back by the bar where we were sitting (I even got to shake his hand!) and glad-handing with us mopes. Total retail politics. (shhhsh! Don't tell him that we're not voters and we live in the suburbs!)
For me, the opening act - JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound -stole the show with a great performance of a Wilco song. Jeff Tweedy even came out and sang along with them. Apparently, this wasn't their first time playing the song: