Jeff Tweedy Hearts Cincinnati: Singer/Songwriter Returns with Wilco This Weekend

The veteran group — which has played Cincinnati numerous times over the past three decades – performs at the Taft Theatre Saturday

Nov 7, 2019 at 9:52 am

click to enlarge Wilco loves you, baby - Anton Coene
Anton Coene
Wilco loves you, baby
Jeff Tweedy might want to just get an apartment in Cincinnati.

He was here last year to promote his fantastic memoir, Let's Go (So We Can Get Back). The live interview/performance event at Walnut Hills High School was one of only six dates on the book tour.

Then this year Tweedy played a solo show at Music Hall's Ballroom, which was part solo acoustic concert, part stand-up comedy set (throughout, the singer/songwriter did a running bit about how the gig was like a wedding reception due to the odd configuration of the venue).

After the book and a pair of solo albums, Tweedy has reconnected with his Wilco bandmates for Ode to Joy, the group’s 11th studio album, which was released in early October. Wilco is a perennial critical darling but there seemed to be more praise than usual for Joy; Stereogum and Rolling Stone both said it was their best album in years.

Wilco has played Cincinnati consistently over the past three decades, from an opening set with The Jayhawks and Victoria Williams at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1995 and a small and raucous club show at Ripley's in ’97 to an appearance at the much-missed Tall Stacks in 2006 and headlining concerts at the Aronoff Center and the Taft in the current Millenium.

The band returns to the Taft this Saturday, Nov. 9; as of this writing, the show is very close to selling out.

7:30 p.m. Saturday. $45-$75. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, Deep Sea Diver opens.