Wilco turned in a star-studded Tuesday show at the band’s Sky Blue Sky destination event in Riviera Maya, Mexico. For its second of three concerts at the Hard Rock Hotel, Wilco invited Mavis Staples, Kurt Vile, and Soccer Mommy to the stage throughout the set.
Tuesday’s concert once again saw a consortium of keyboardists fill in for Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen, who is out for the week after testing positive for COVID-19. In his stead, a rotating cast of Liam Kazar, Macie Stewart (Ohmme), and Sima Cunningham took turns behind the keys for the 22-song set.
The first guest appearance came midway through the set as Sophie Allison—better known by her stage name Soccer Mommy—joined Wilco on “Pot Kettle Black”. Later on in the set, Kurt Vile took vocals on the anthem for the license impaired, “Passenger Side”. The set then closed out with an expanded backing band that included James Elkington on electric guitar, Chris Funk on banjitar, Cunningham and Stewart on vocals, and Kazar on keyboard and vocals for the Woody Guthrie-penned “California Stars”.
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Returning to the stage, Wilco invited up Mavis Staples who lent her voice to “You Are Not Alone”. Though the legendary singer doesn’t have her own solo set at Sky Blue Sky, the event promised guest appearances by her throughout the festival. Staples then stuck around for The Staples Singers‘ “Freedom Highway” to close out the show.
Scroll down to check out videos of Wilco on Tuesday featuring special guests Soccer Mommy, Kurt Vile, and Mavis Staples.
Wilco, Mavis Staples – “You Are Not Alone” – 1/18/22
Wilco, Mavis Staples – “Freedom Highway” (The Staple Singers) – 1/18/22
[Video: Richard Langston]
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Wilco – “California Stars” – 1/18/22
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Setlist: Wilco | Hard Rock Hotel | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 1/18/22
Set: Red-Eyed and Blue (L) > I Got You (At The End Of The Century) (L), Wishful Thinking (L, MV), Say You Miss Me (L), At Least That’s What You Said, If I Ever Was A Child (S), I Must Be High (S), Cold Slope (L) > King Of You (L), Country Disappeared (M), Too Far Apart (L), Pot Kettle Black (S) (Soccer Mommy on lead vocals), Hummingbird (M), How To Fight Loneliness (M), Impossible Germany (M), Kingpin (M), Passenger Side (L) (Kurt Vile on lead vocals), Dawned On Me (S), Airline To Heaven (L), California Stars (with James Elkington on electric guitar, Chris Funk on banjitar, Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart on vocals and Liam Kazar on keyboard and vocals)
Encore: You Are Not Alone (with Mavis Staples on lead vocals and Sima Cunningham, Macie Stewart and Liam Kazar on backing vocals), Freedom Highway [The Staples Singers] (with Mavis Staples on lead vocals, Sima Cunningham on backing vocals and tambourine and Macie Stewart and Liam Kazar on backing vocals)
S = w/ Sima Cunningham on keyboards
SV = w/ Sima Cunningham on backing vocals
L = w/ denotes Liam Kazar on keyboards
M = w/ Macie Stewart on keyboards
MV = w/ Macie Stewart on violin