Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival takes over Mass MoCA

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After receiving loads of acclaim in 2010, Wilco will return to Massachusetts this weekend to host their second Solid Sound Festival on the grounds of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. The Chicago-based rockers will deliver headlining sets on Friday and Saturday, while iconic American singer Levon Helm and His Rambling Band will headline on Sunday.

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, soul singer Syl Johnson, jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, alternative country twosome The Handsome Family, Australian rocker Liam Finn, folk duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Chicago retro-soul band JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, neo-soul singer Jamie Lidell, the new Neil Finn-led Pajama Party and one half of Chicago DJ duo East of Eden Soul Express, The Rabbit Factory’s John Ciba, plus indie-rockers Here We Go Magic, Sic Alps and Purling Hiss will all perform over the three-day festival. The festival will also feature a rare live performance by Pillow Wand, the “dream guitars” collaboration by Nels Cline and Thurston Moore.

Of course, the Solid Sound Festival is much more than just music as Wilco celebrates all forms of art throughout the weekend. Festival attendees will 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.

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).

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, MO-based independent vinyl and CD retailer will be on hand to host an on-site pop-up store.

Members of Wilco, acting as curators, will present seven new exhibits for this year’s festival including The Impossible Exhibition, a project that utilizes the last remaining Polaroid film to reinvent instant film. Select festival-goers and musicians including Wilco’s Pat Sansone will create a growing exhibit utilizing the reinvented film. Other Wilco-presented exhibits include Fly On The Wall: Sounds from the making of Wilco LP 08 and Gunnar Schonbeck’s Wonderments and the inGLENNtions, an exhibition of oversized but workable instruments with new instrument creations by Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and Darin Gray of On Fillmore.

Other on-site activities will include live Falconry with Chris Davis of New England Falconry, a short film series with films selected by MASS MoCA, Wilco and Toronto’s Smiley Guy Studios, a Wilco poster retrospective with an onsite screen-printing demonstration, a dunk tank for charity, local foods and beverages and much more.

Tickets for the Solid Sound Festival can still be purchased with 3-day passes available for $124.50. single-day tickets are $65 for Friday and Sunday, while Saturday’s cost $78. Admission for children 6 & under is free, and discounted weekend passes for kids ages 7-10 are available at the gate for $50. On-site camping is sold out.

For more information on the Solid Sound Festival, including the full schedule, go here.


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