On Fillmore at the Wexner Center

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

You probably know Wilco, but if you show up to the Wexner Center on Saturday hoping to catch more than a faint glimmer of that act, you'll be disappointed.

On the other hand, if you arrive seeking something meditative, expansive and ethereal, you might find what you're looking for. It's about to get neoclassical up in here.

On Fillmore is an experimental duo featuring Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche and fellow Illinois avant-garde dude Darin Gray, who has played bass with Jim O'Rourke among others.

Their latest, "Extended Vacation," sounds like the creepy, curious soundtrack to a creature's-eye view of life unfolding. It's spacious, minimal music that recalls the blurry edges of Wilco's works but bears little resemblance to the group's world-weary Americana.

Setting the stage will be Rachel Grimes of Louisville chamber pop combo Rachel's - the band isn't named after her, believe it or not - performing solo piano pieces.

Grimes' one-woman show is not as jarring a departure from her main gig. Instead of lush electro-organic arrangements, she's playing stripped-down selections that communicate private intimacy more than universal bliss.

8 p.m. Saturday, July 17

Wexner Center for the Arts, Campus