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Wilco @ Merriweather

Wilco Performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion

COLUMBIA, MD, -September 25th, 2011 - Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Wilco will release their eight studio album, The Whole Love, on Tuesday. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post). (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Wilco play the D.C. metro area in one form or another at least once a year, so it’s nothing new for me to shoot these guys. I shot them as a band at Strathmore last March and then shot Jeff Tweedy playing a solo show at the Lincoln Theater later that year. But this time they were touring behind their latest album, The Whole Love.

COLUMBIA, MD, -September 25th, 2011 - Nels Cline and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Wilco will release their eight studio album, The Whole Love, on Tuesday. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post). (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

COLUMBIA, MD, -September 25th, 2011 - Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Wilco will release their eight studio album, The Whole Love, on Tuesday. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post). (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

The band generally likes playing in the dark and this time was no different – mostly backlit with the occasional color wash. It was a tough shoot and everyone not named Jeff Tweedy was not lit very well. Naturally I focused on Tweedy since the Post told me there was a chance this would lead the Style section and I either needed a nice group shot or a money shot of Tweedy. I focused on Tweedy for the most part once I figured out the lighting wouldn’t be great across the span of the stage. Usually I can get a few decent shots of Nils Cline, but that didn’t happen on this night. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll get to try again in a few months.

COLUMBIA, MD, -September 25th, 2011 - John Stirratt of Wilco performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Wilco will release their eight studio album, The Whole Love, on Tuesday. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post). (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

COLUMBIA, MD, -September 25th, 2011 - Wilco perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The band will release their eight studio album, The Whole Love, on Tuesday. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post). (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

COLUMBIA, MD, -September 25th, 2011 - Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Wilco will release their eight studio album, The Whole Love, on Tuesday. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post). (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

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Wilco @ Merriweather – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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    mighty!
    October 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Love your shots.. You make it look as though they were playing in an intimate locale. Kinda wish the wife and I got out to Merriweather for this show.

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