Wilco, Yo La Tengo, Medeski Martin and Wood to Headline MASS MoCA Music Fest

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy performing at Solid Sound 2010 (photo Seth Rogovoy)

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy performing at Solid Sound 2010 (photo Seth Rogovoy)

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – This year’s Solid Sound, the annual music festival curated by indie-rock giants Wilco at MASS MoCA, will take place Friday, June 21, 2013, through Sunday, June 23, 2013, and will include performances by indie-rock legends Yo La Tengo; progressive jazz trio Medeski Martin and Wood; acclaimed singer and songwriter Neko Case (of New Pornographers); low-fi outfit Low; and reunited psychedelic popsters Dream Syndicate, featuring Steve Wynn.

Also on tap is an unusual duo performance featuring Los Lobos frontman/guitarist David Hidalgo and avant-jazz guitarist Marc Ribot; the Brazilian psych-rock band Os Mutantes and soul and gospel greats The Relatives. And speaking of relatives, Spencer Tweedy, son of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, makes his Solid Sound Festival debut performing with his band The Blisters.

Tickets are on sale now at Solid Sound.

Keeping with tradition, this year’s festival will present Wilco members’ side projects throughout the weekend: Nels Cline will perform with guitar virtuoso Julian Lage; Glenn Kotche’s On Fillmore will back a live performance of the popular public radio show Radiolab; Mikael Jorgensen presents his synth-driven collaboration with Greg O’Keeffe; and John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone’s The Autumn Defense round out the side-project programming.

Up-and-coming talent at the festival includes the SoCal duo Foxygen, Austin’s White Denim, Brooklyn’s Lucius and the Brattleboro, Vt., folk singer Sam Amidon.

“We still have one or two surprises up our sleeves,” said one of the festival organizers and Wilco manager Tony Margherita, “but we’re pretty excited about this lineup and this year’s schedule of events. This will be one hell of a festival and a really good time.”

“This is a lush program full of great music and quirky corners. We can barely wait,” said Joseph Thompson, director of MASS MoCA. “Wilco’s re-inhabitation of MASS MoCA is gorgeous, artful, and fun…you just don’t get that every day.”

Musical programming is carefully scheduled so no performance directly overlaps with any other, giving festival-goers the opportunity to see and hear all scheduled music throughout the weekend. Music joins the already announced lineup of comedy featuring returning master of comedy ceremonies John Hodgman, with Reggie Watts, Al Madrigal and Jen Kirkman.

Early bird 3-day passes for Solid Sound 2013 are $124 and available now at Solid Sound. The 3-day pass price will soon increase to $149. 3-day passes for children ages 7-10 are $50 and children 6 and under are free. A limited quantity of single-day tickets will also be made available soon.

In addition to ticketing, Solid Sound features useful information about area lodging and the expanded official festival campground, Solid Ground. Tickets for direct Peter Pan bus transportation to and from the festival from New York City and Boston can also be purchased through the festival’s website.



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