Wilco, the Chicago band that never sits still long enough for a family portrait, has painted in the faces for this summer’s musical outing. Jeff Tweedy and his friends will arrive in ever greater numbers for the Solid Sound Festival 2.0 which takes place June 24-26, 2011 at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA. Eighteen acts ranging from boisterous to sweet will perform on the various stages set up throughout the contemporary museum’s campus.
THE 2011 ACTS: Wilco (Friday + Saturday headlining sets), The Levon Helm Band, Thurston Moore, Pillow Wand (Nels Cline & Thurston Moore duo), Glenn Kotche , The Autumn Defense , Pronto, Comedy Cabaret curated by John Hodgman featuring Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman and Morgan Murphy, 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 and Story Pirates.
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Wilco, who headline Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25, 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. It all takes place in the scenic Berkshire Mountains in North Adams, MA on the grounds of MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contempory Art), the largest contemporary art museum in the country.
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.
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.
Wilco is also pleased to welcome Euclid Records, the St. Louis, MO based independent vinyl and CD retailer to this year’s Solid Sound Festival to host an on-site pop-up store. Additional retail partners and vendors will be announced soon. On nearby Main Street of North Adams, merchants and restaurants are also preparing for the arrival of the music lovers. Last year they threw a miidnight block party following one of the concerts.
The Solid Sound Festival 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. This year Kidspace will feature expanded hours throughout the Solid Sound Festival weekend.
Tickets for the three-day festival are $124.50 and available through solidsoundfestival.com, massmoca.org and the MASS MoCA box office. (Early worm tickets are sold out). 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 ONLY AVAILABLE at the Solid Sound Box Office, starting Friday, June 24. They will be available throughout the entire weekend.
Here’s the 2011 Solid Sound Festival lineup in pictures:
Here’s a rundown of some of the other artist-curated festivals scheduled for this summer:
•Disco Biscuits, Mariaville, N.Y., July 9-11. The three-day Camp Bisco celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Indian Lookout Country Club with more than 100 performers including Cut Copy, Wiz Khalifa, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights and Wolfgang Gartner.
•Phish, Watkins Glen, N.Y., July 1-3. Phish’s ninth festival — its Clifford Ball in 1996 was an early example of the trend — will be held at Watkins Glen International racetrack. The band will play a series of concerts each day.
•The Roots, Philadelphia, July 5. The hip-hop band’s fourth-annual Roots Picnic! at the Festival Pier on Penn’s Landing boasts a lineup of Nas, Wiz Khalifa, The Dismemberment Plan, Esperanza Spalding and Yelawolf.