Wilco to Rock Mass MoCA

Solid Sound Festival August 13 to 15

By: - Apr 07, 2010

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Two summers ago Wilco blew the roof off the shed at Tanglewood. It was a rare and memorable rock event in the Berkshires. It also put the fear of God in the hearts and minds of hard liners. Good grief, fouling the hallowed grounds of that great monument to tradition.

Sure the kids were rowdy and the mostly senior citizens assigned to usher and keep the kids in line were overwhelmed. We mobbed the stage, drank (actually Tanglewood sells beer) and that sweet smell wafted through the summer air.

Link to Tanglewood Wilco review.

 Mass MoCA press release below.

The SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL is a new festival curated by the Chicago band Wilco. It debuts August 13 - 15 at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams, MA. The SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL is an independently promoted and ticketed three-day event of music, art, comedy, interactivity and more. Wilco headlines the weekend, in the band's only East Coast performance of the summer. This new festival also presents individual performances by all the Wilco members' side projects including Glenn Kotche's On Fillmore, The Nels Cline Singers, The Autumn Defense featuring John Stirratt and Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen's Pronto.

SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL at MASS MoCA also plays host to additional musical performances, a fully programmed comedy stage, interactive installations and exhibits (including the Solid Sound Stompbox Station, an interactive guitar pedal exhibit created and demonstrated by Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, a concert-poster screening demonstration, planned workshops by luthiers and more), plus film, video installations and dj's. Festival attendees will have full access to the entire MASS MoCA campus.

Tickets for SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL are on sale this Friday, April 9 through the band's official website and through
From April 9 to May 31 tickets for the three-day event will be available for $86.50 (including all fees and parking) and after June 1 for $99.50 (including all fees and parking).

Art on display during the festival includes the Sol LeWitt wall Drawing Retrospective (chosen #1 exhibition of the year by Time magazine); Inigo Manglano-Ovalle's Gravity is a Force to be Reckoned With; a major exhibition of work by Petah Coyne; Material World: Sculpture to Environment, a group exhibition; Leonard Nimoy's Secret Selves; and a new installation by Michael Oatman.

Tickets for Wilco's Solid Sound Festival will go on sale on-line on Friday, April 9, at 10 AM through
or at 11 AM in person at the MASS MoCA Box Office.  More information is available at 
From April 9 to May 31 tickets for the three-day event are $78, after June 1 tickets are $91. Children under 6 are free. The event is rain or shine. Tickets are general admission and are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office located on Marshall Street in North Adams from 11 AM until 5 PM daily.