“The Wilco performance will be the first time there has been a ‘Rock to Read’ benefit in Bloomington and the first time Wilco has participated in ‘Rock to Read,’” Maria Talbert, the auditorium’s associate director, said in an email.
Wilco has been a leader in the alternative country scene for the past 20 years with influences ranging from soul to psychedelic, according to an auditorium press release.
“Wilco is renowned for being the pioneers of alternative country and have a unique blend of Midwestern country influences with other musical genres like bluegrass, electronic and soul,” Talbert said.
Wilco previously performed at the IU Auditorium in 2006 and 2009, Talbert said.
“Both the artists and our organization were thrilled to be able to arrange what we are sure will be another fantastic show,” Talbert said.
Wilco’s latest album, “Star Wars,” is their ninth studio album and first since 2011’s “The Whole Love.” The album is available for free download until Aug. 13 through wilcoworld.net and anti.com, as well as through iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Digital.
It is also available through traditional streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music and Radio. “Star Wars” will be available for purchase on CD on Aug. 21 and on vinyl Nov. 27. The physical releases are available for preorder now on wilcoworld.net, according to the release.
In 2004, Wilco won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for their album, “A Ghost is Born.”
“While Wilco has not released the official set list for our engagement, we are told to expect a mix of their best-known songs and selections for their newest album release, ‘Star Wars,’” Talbert said.
Wilco’s performance will be a WTTS “Rock to Read” benefit. Since 2006, WTTS listeners have contributed more than $100,000 for local children’s reading programs with WTTS “Rock to Read” benefit concerts. A portion of proceeds will benefit children’s reading programs of the Monroe County and Indianapolis Public Libraries, according to WTTS’ website.
As a WTTS “Rock to Read” benefit performance, $2 from every ticket sold will be donated to support children’s literacy programs, according to the release.
Tickets range from $31.50 to $67 with a limited-availability $25 balcony ticket for IU-Bloomington students with valid ID. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. July 24, and individual tickets may be purchased online at IUauditorium.com, in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
The IU Auditorium Box Office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to participate in ‘Rock to Read,’” Talbert said. “It’s always wonderful to give back to our community, and ‘Rock to Read’ is a perfect way to support quality educational initiatives.”
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