About the Event
Wildly inventive, relentlessly tuneful—Wilco has been described by Rolling Stone as “one of America’s most consistently interesting bands.” From the group’s early alternative country albums to the mid-career experimentation that inspired its “American Radiohead” nickname, Wilco has lived up to that “consistently interesting” label over the course of a dozen albums since 1995, including the landmark Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the Grammy®-winning A Ghost is Born, and the band’s latest release, Cruel Country. Experience Wilco’s legendary live show in the new East Bowl amphitheater at Scottsdale Civic Center! Early on, there was the idea that Wilco was a country band, or at least an alternative country band. “There have been elements of country music in everything we’ve ever done,” says frontman Jeff Tweedy. “We’ve never been particularly comfortable with accepting that definition, the idea that I was making country music. But now, having been around the block a few times, we’re finding it exhilarating to free ourselves within the form, and embrace the simple limitation of calling the music we’re making country.” Cruel Country is almost entirely composed of live takes, with just a few overdubs. Everyone—Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche, Mikael Jorgensen, Pat Sansone, and Nels Cline—was in the room, playing together at The Loft in Chicago, unseparated by baffles. It’s a totally different way of making records that Wilco hasn’t used in years—maybe not since 2007’s Sky Blue Sky. “It’s a style of recording that forces a band to surrender control and learn to trust each other, along with each others’ imperfections, musical and otherwise,” Tweedy says. “But when it’s working the way it’s supposed to, it feels like gathering around some wild collective instrument, one that requires six sets of hands to play.”
Important Ticket Information Tickets will be sent via mobile delivery to the email address provided upon checkout no more than 72 hours before the show.
Event food will be available for purchase, provided by Frasher’s Smokehouse
Scottsdale Civic Center East Bowl
Helpful Venue Policy Information
Tickets and Entry Tickets will be sent via mobile delivery to the email address provided upon checkout no more than 72 hours before the show. This is a rain or shine event. No refunds. No re-entry is allowed. Children 7 years old and younger are admitted for free with an accompanying ticketed adult.
Seating Gates open 90 minutes before show time, and East Bowl seating is first-come-first-served lawn seating only. There are no physical seats available. Blankets and lawn chairs are allowed. Please be advised that the front lawn section is for blankets and low-rise chairs. Full-size lawn chairs must use the rear lawn section to optimize sight lines for all attendees.
- Examples of Low-Rise Chairs
Bags All bags are subject to search. All bags—including purses, totes, and backpacks—must be clear and be no larger than 12x12x6 inches. Small fanny packs, wallets, clutches, and purses do not have to be clear but must be no larger than 6×9 inches. Diaper bags and medical equipment bags will be permitted upon inspection.
- Examples of Approved Bags
Only service animals will be allowed into the venue. No other pets or animals are permitted inside the venue.
Outside Food and Drinks
No outside food and beverage are allowed except for one 24-ounce or smaller, factory-sealed water bottle per person.
Food and Beverages at East Bowl
A bar will be available at this event for patrons 21+ with proof of valid I.D. More information about food vendors at this event will be announced closer to the show date.
ADA Accessibility at East Bowl
The East Bowl is ADA accessible, and most of the outdoor area at Scottsdale Civic Center is ADA accessible via sidewalks. For more accessibility information, please visit ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/visit/accessibility. There are numerous, free, ADA-accessible parking spaces near Scottsdale Civic Center. For nearby parking options and directions from parking to Scottsdale Civic Center, please visit ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/visit/directions-parking.
To view parking options available for this event, please visit ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/visit/directions-parking.
More information about policies for this event will be announced closer to the show date. These updates will be added to this webpage and emailed to patrons using the email address you provided upon purchasing tickets.
- Clear bags that do not exceed 12x12x8 inches
- Small, non-clear fanny packs, wallets, clutch bags that do not exceed 6×9 inches
- One factory-sealed water bottle, 24 ounces or less
- Cell phones
- Non-aerosol sunscreen/bug spray
- Low-rise chairs
- Personal misting fan (empty upon arrival)
- Hand sanitizer/wipes
- E-cigarettes and vape pens (can only be used in smoking area)
Items NOT Allowed
- Weapons of any kind
- Large bags
- Wagons, strollers, coolers
- Outside food and drink, except one factory-sealed water bottle, 24 ounces or less
- Illegal drugs or substances
- Glass containers
- Selfie sticks
- Laser pointers
- Animals (excluding service animals only)
- Professional photo or video cameras
- Audio-recording devices
- Any other item deemed unsafe or prohibited by Artist, Venue Management or Law Enforcement.