Report/Photos: Wilco Solid Sound Fest

 

We sent photographer
Rich Orris to this year’s Wilco-curated Sold Sound Festival held last weekend in Massachusetts,
featuring the likes of Sic Alps, Here We Go Magic, the Handsome Family, Liam
Finn and of course Wilco themselves. Check out the swag he returned with,
below.

 

Photos & Text by
Rich Orris

 

(above) Jeff Tweedy of Wilco

(below) Wilco took over MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in
the Berkshires again this year to curate their own music and art festival.

 

Wilco held a press conference to talk about the second year of their festival
and their new record label dBpm that is based out of nearby Easthampton, MA.

Friday was particularly grey which accentuated the odd, but amazing, setting
for a summer festival in a reclaimed industrial facility formerly occupied by
Sprague Electric. Pictured here is Michael Oatman’s All Utopias Fell exhibit (http://massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=547).

Pajama Club kicked off the main stage on Friday evening featuring Neil Finn
(Crowded House) and wife Sharon Finn as well as Sean Donnelly and Alana
Skyring.

 

The Wilco letters that took over the ubiquitous MASS MoCA sign atop the museum
last year were brought out of storage to welcome you to Joe’s Field, home to
the main stage. Joe’s Field is named for Joe Thompson who serves as Director
and spearheaded the creation of the museum, which was 12 years in the making
finally opening in 1999.

 

The rain began to pour down right before Wilco’s Friday night set, but the band’s
diehard fans seemed unfazed.

John Hodgman and Justin Long (also known as PC and Mac) kept the audience
entertained while the band waited for the rain to die down.

 

Wilco started with a new song, but gradually dived back into their extensive
catalog and played until just about midnight.

 

John Stirratt

 

Nels Cline

 

The sun decided to come out on Saturday and the smaller two outdoor stages were
in full effect all afternoon.

 

The music started at noon and early fans were rewarded by being rocked awake by
Sic Alps in Courtyard D.

 

If you felt like a more gradual entry into your day, Courtyard C offered a more
laid back atmosphere including a full bar serving local spirits from Berkshire
Mountain Distillers and bottles of Lagunita’s Wilco Tango Foxtrot.

 

Handsome Family followed up Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion in Courtyard C
for a early afternoon of quality country.

 

Liam Finn, son of Neil Finn, rocked Courtyard D switching seamlessly between
guitar and drums.

 

Glenn Kotche joined Liam Finn’s band for as song as a second drummer and blew
the crowd away.

 

Here We Go Magic rocked Courtyard C later in the afternoon.

 

In addition to the music there were numerous art exhibits including Gunnar
Schonbeck’s Wunderments sharing a gallery with Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings.

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