Wilco to play special benefit concert at MASS MoCA

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Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival will take a break this summer after two years at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), but that does not mean the Chicago-based rockers will miss performing in Western Massachusetts. The band has announced plans to perform a special benefit concert at the North Adams venue on Tuesday, July 31 with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the museum, a not-for-profit charitable organization.

The concert will take place in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, an indoor venue which will have a capacity capped at 1000, in a general admission, standing room only configuration.

“On a different and more intimate scale than Wilco’s other New England appearances, this will be a rare opportunity to feel Wilco’s ‘whole love’ up close,” said MASS MoCA Director Joseph Thompson in a press release. “The museum galleries will be open until 30 minutes before the performance that evening for those who want to take in some art as part of their visit.”

Tickets for the rare event will be sold in a unique “Name your Own Price” auction/lottery. The first 500 tickets will be sold to bidders who make the highest offers online over a two and a half day period which begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 13, and runs through 10 a.m. on Monday, April 16. To maximize the chance of getting tickets, and also support MASS MoCA,  bidders should make the highest offer they can. Those whose bids are not among the top 500 will still have a chance to obtain tickets to the show when their bid is placed into a random lottery. Bidders drawn from a hat will be offered the opportunity to purchase a pair of tickets at the price named on their bid form. Fans can place their bids here.

“It’s an experiment, which we hope proves to be more civilized, more fair, and more fun than the standard mode of ticket sales,” explained Thompson, “and we hope it brings MASS MoCA the strong charitable support which is at the heart of this special evening.”

Wilco continue to tour in support of their latest album, The Whole Love. The band’s eighth studio effort and follow-up to 2009′s Wilco (The Album) was released last September through the band’s newly launched dBpm Records. Recorded at the band’s Chicago recording studio The Loft, The Whole Love was produced by frontman Jeff Tweedy with multi-instrumentalist Patrick Sansone and Berklee College of Music alumnus Tom Schick. It was nominated for “Best Rock Album” at the 54th Grammy Awards in February.

In 2010 Wilco, in collaboration with MASS MoCA created the Solid Sound Festival, a three-day event of music, art, comedy and culture. The festival garnered rave reviews and continued in 2012. It will take a one-year hiatus in 2012 but return in 2013 for its third installment on the weekend of June 21 to 23.

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