If you’re like us, you were probably a bit mystified by the lack of festival appearances on Wilco’s upcoming calendar. No Coachella. No Bonnaroo. Not even a hometown slot at Lollapalooza. In fact, despite two months worth of upcoming tour dates in support of Wilco (The Album), Jeff Tweedy & co. only have three festival dates scheduled, all of which will take place on the other side of the Atlantic.
Well, we now know why. This summer, Wilco will join the likes of Perry Farrell, moe., and Stone Temple Pilots and become the latest musical act to turn into festival host. From August 13-15, the band will curate the inaugural Solid Sound Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachusetts.
The festival will feature two headlining performances by Wilco as well as performances by the band members’ side projects — The Autumn Defense, On Fillmore, The Nels Cline Singers, and Pronto — and “additional music by both Wilco and some of the band’s favorite artists.”
Plus, the festival will offer a “fully programmed comedy stage and many interactive installations and exhibits.” There will also be “an interactive guitar pedal exhibit with Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, a concert-poster silk screening demonstration, a drum, and percussion workshop by Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and workshops with guitar makers or try out the solid sound stompbox station.” Basically, a Wilco fan’s dream come true.
Tickets will go on sale online this Friday, April 9th at 10 a.m. via massmoca.org and at 11 a.m. in person at the MoCA Box Office.