Wilco reveals lineup for 2011 Solid Sound Festival

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Wilco has announced the lineup for the 2011 Solid Sound Festival, which will take place from June 24 to 26 on the grounds of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams.

The Chicago-based rockers, who will deliver headlining sets on Friday and Saturday, will be joined by iconic American singer Levon Helm and his band, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, soul singer Syl Johnson, jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, alternative country twosome The Handsome Family and more. The intimate three-day event will also feature a rare live performance by Pillow Wand, the “dream guitars” collaboration by Nels Cline and Thurston Moore.

This year’s Solid Sound Comedy Cabaret is hosted by John Hodgman and features Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac and comedians Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers, The Colbert Report) and Morgan Murphy (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon).

Also confirmed to perform: Australian rocker Liam Finn, folk duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Chicago retro-soul band JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound plus indie-rockers Here We Go Magic, Sic Alps and Purling Hiss.

The complete list of performers is available below.

Returning to Solid Sound for a second year will be Story Pirates, the fun-for-all-ages sketch comedy/musical performance troupe whose skits are based entirely on stories written by elementary school-aged kids. Euclid Records, the St. Louis-based independent vinyl and CD retailer, will host an on-site pop-up store.

The Solid Sound Festival, now its second year,  is envisioned by Wilco and presented in collaboration with MASS MoCA, a renovated 19th century textile mill located in the scenic Berkshire Mountains. Festival attendees have full access to the entire, sprawling museum campus, which incorporates 150,000 square feet of galleries and includes Kidspace, a museum within the museum, designed especially for children and families.

Tickets for the three-day festival are $124.50 and available through solidsoundfestival.com, massmoca.org and the MASS MoCA box office. The price includes admission to festival and museum, service fees and designated festival parking. Admission for children 6 & under is free at Solid Sound. Weekend festival passes for kids ages 7-10 are $50 and will only be made available at the Solid Sound Box Office, starting Friday, June 24 (they will be available throughout the entire weekend). Single-day tickets are not available at the moment.

Festival organizers have teamed up with the city of North Adams to offer on-site camping at this year’s festival. The Solid Ground Tent Site, a tent & RV site less than 3/4 mile from MASS MoCA, will be available to festival attendees for $80 to $100 per 4-person plot for the weekend. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling the MASS MoCA box office at 413-662-2111 (online reservations are not available).

2011 Solid Sound Festival Line-Up:

Wilco (Friday + Saturday headlining sets)
The Levon Helm Band
Thurston Moore
Pillow Wand (Nels Cline & Thurston Moore duo)
Glenn Kotche
The Autumn Defense
Syl Johnson & The Sweet Divines
Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy
Handsome Family
Liam Finn
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
Here We Go Magic
Sic Alps
Purling Hiss
Story Pirates
Comedy Cabaret curated by John Hodgman featuring Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman and Morgan Murphy

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