Solid Sound Music and Arts Festival returns to MASS MoCA June 21-23

Words and Photos by Mike Wren

After a one-year hiatus, Grammy Award-winning Chicago-based rockers Wilco return to North Adams, Massachussetts, this summer to host their Solid Sound Music and Arts Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art June 21-23, 2013.

Now in its third year, Solid Sound is a three-day celebration of music, comedy, and art located on the MASS MoCA campus. Although the musical lineup and interactive exhibits have not yet been announced, but we’re guaranteed a couple nights of Wilco and a handful of Wilco-related side projects of individual members.

Always entertaining, the comedy stage will make a return and will be curated by John Hodgman (The Daily Show and celebrated podcasts are among his funny exploits.) The stage will feature Jen Kirkman (Chelsea Lately, Funny or Die), Reggie Watts (Conan, Fallon, College Humor) and Al Madrigal (The Daily Show).

Previous years have included multiple nights of Wilco, along with The Levon Helm Band, Thurston Moore, Mavis Staples, and Avi Buffalo. Also performing were Wilco-related side projects The Autumn Defense, Pronto, On Fillmore and The Nels Cline Singers.

The $99 Early Worm tickets have already sold out, but a limited number of $124 Early Bird passes are still available, after which a three-day pass will set you back $149. Ticket prices include access to the exhibits at MASS MoCA, so if you haven’t yet made the trip, this is an excellent opportunity to catch what is arguably the most eclectic collection of modern art in the Northeast. And, it’s only a 90-minute scenic drive from Albany!

What bands and solo artists, and interactive exhibits would you like to see at this year’s Solid Sound Music and Arts Festival?

Below are scenes from the first-annual Solid Sound Festival in 2010.