Wilco to Play Summer Concert at LeLacheur Park

04/16/2009
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UMass Lowell, Lowell Spinners Collaborate to Present Rock Band on Campus

LOWELL, Mass. ߝ UMass Lowell and the Lowell Spinners are collaborating to present the rock band Wilco in concert on Saturday, July 11 at LeLacheur Park.

The concert, presented in conjunction with Higher Ground Music, will bring a top national act to both the community and UMass Lowell students. Wilco has released a series of top-selling albums while maintaining an independent spirit and experimenting with its roots rock sound. The band recently released its first DVD, capturing the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival’s Best Cinematography Award.

Wilco’s concert will be the second in LeLacheur Park’s history, following on last summer’s successful show by Boston favorites the Dropkick Murphys. This show will kick off a partnership between UMass Lowell and the Spinners that will broaden activities at the park and enhance student life on the university’s east campus.

“Bringing a top-notch act like Wilco to campus is just one of the ways we work to enrich campus life for our students,” said Dean of Students Larry Siegel.  “It’s another great example of why UMass Lowell is seeing such increased interest from students who want to live here and how we’re able to extend the vibrant campus life to the community as well.”

“The Spinners are thrilled to be working as partners with UMass Lowell on the Wilco concert at LeLacheur Park,” said Lowell Spinners owner Drew Weber. “We are confident this partnership is what Lowell is all about and will lead to more people coming to Lowell to see the great things that are happening.”

“The partnership with the Spinners opens up new venues for UMass Lowell to further provide our students with an exciting college experience,” said Siegel.

The ballpark on UMass Lowell’s East Campus ߝ designed by the same firm as the renowned Camden Yards in Baltimore and Coors Field in Colorado ߝ offers a unique open-air concert venue on the banks of the Merrimack River complete with comfortable seating, a wide variety of concessions and convenient parking. It was built through a public collaboration, including an $8 million investment by the university and the state, and is home to the UMass Lowell River Hawks baseball team as well as the Spinners.

Wilco’s July 11 all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. and gates to the ballpark open at 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $36 in advance and $40 on the day of the show. UMass Lowell students will be eligible for discounted tickets. Tickets for the public go on sale Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. online at www.wilcoworld.net and www.highergroundmusic.com/wilco and by phone at 888-512-SHOW (7469). Tickets will also be available at the LeLacheur Park box office starting Tuesday, April 21. The ballpark is located at 450 Aiken St., Lowell.

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