The first band to play Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park since last week’s devastating flooding, Wilco is joining the steady stream of musical support for the city’s relief efforts — which started with Trampled by Turtles announcement of a July 8 fundraiser concert at the scenic outdoor venue. Red Cross reps are being called in to take donations at the Wilco concert, and the Chicago band will also donate whatever money is made off posters sold at their Duluth show Sunday and their Rochester gig Monday.
These aren’t generic tour posters that you might see at a Beyoncé concert (Jeff Tweedy’s not quite sexy enough for that). Every Wilco concert poster is uniquely designed and screen-printed by reputable poster-artists for each city, and they sell for $30. In this case, Minneapolis print designer Florafauna got the call for both shows. “Wilco is so great about their poster art,” raved Florafauna’s Paul Gardner, who said his Duluth poster was inspired by the Aerial Lift Bridge, while the Rochester print was “more of an abstract influence.” Which was Gardner’s polite way of saying there’s really nothing inspirational about Rochester (it’s still a great poster, though)….