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MASS MoCA/Wilco Festival Announces Lineup

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Wilco plays Solid Sound in 2010. (Jack Amick/Flickr)
Wilco plays Solid Sound in 2010. (Jack Amick/Flickr)

The lineup for Wilco’s second annual Solid Sound Festival, the weekend-long art and music festival, has been announced. It runs June 24-26 at MASS MoCA in North Adams.

Who’s performing this year?

Well Wilco, of course. Jeff Tweedy’s Chicago rock group is headlining.

Over the course of the weekend Tweedy and his bandmates will be joined by former The Band member Levon Helm, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, soul singer Syl Johnson, jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas and the alt-country duo known as The Handsome Family.

One highlight — a rare “dream guitar” performance by Thurston Moore and Wilco's Nels Cline. In 1997 the two musical innovators collaborated on a project dubbed "Pillow Wand." This summer in North Adams they’ll bring it to life in front of a live audience.

Also on deck is Australian rocker Liam Finn, Chicago soul band JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, folk duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, and indie-rockers Here We Go Magic, Sic Alps and Purling Hiss.

Then there’s the funny stuff — the Solid Sound Comedy Cabaret will be 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).


This program aired on March 1, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Andrea Shea Senior Arts Reporter
Andrea Shea is WBUR's arts reporter.



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