June 26, 2013

Wilco's Solid Sound Fest Kicks off Summer in the Berkshires

The Wilco-curated Solid Sound festival returned to MASS MoCa, the arts complex gloriously repurposed from a 200 year-old mill in North Adams, MA. Featured performers included Wilco, Neko Case, The Autumn Defense, White Denim, Lucius, Foxygen and solo sets from Wilco members Nels Cline and Mikael Jorgensen, among other musical performances.

In its third installment, the music and arts festival continues to grow, bringing together not only an eclectic group of bands hand-picked by Wilco, but also a large family of loyal fans, who travel from around the country to North Adams, a small, former mill town nestled in the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachussetts.

This year, Wilco headlined two nights. The first night featured an all-request covers set in which they played everything from Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” to the Daft Punk/Pharrell Williams hit “Get Lucky.” Half of Wilco’s line-up are ASCAP members, including guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen.

ASCAP music was pervasive this year in the courtyards and rolling green field surrounding the complex. In addition to three days of music, Solid Sound also gives attendees a feast of other experiences, from a comedy program to galleries and outdoor spaces festooned with provocative art installations, including art from Wilco’s band members, storytelling, local food purveyors and much more.

It’s not one of the biggest festivals of the summer, but it’s arguably one of the most best and most unique.