On July 8, Wilco played a sold-out show at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, Ill., home of the Kane County Cougars, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. If performing at a minor league baseball stadium wasn’t cool enough, fellow Chicagoan Andrew Bird served as the opener.
As part of Wilco’s second encore, Bird joined the band for a version of “California Stars,” a live staple and a beautiful standout from the Mermaid Avenue albums. Frontman Jeff Tweedy dedicated the performance in honor of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, which is today. To celebrate, the band is streaming the performance on its website.
This song never, ever gets old.