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Wilco's Solid Sound Festival Announces 2011 Lineup
By Larry Murray, Berkshire On Stage
03:51PM / Tuesday, March 01, 2011
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Wilco, the Chicago band that never sits still long enough for a family portrait, has painted in the faces for this summer’s musical outing.

Jeff Tweedy and his friends will arrive in ever greater numbers for the Solid Sound Festival 2.0, which takes place June 24-26, 2011, at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts. Eighteen acts ranging from boisterous to sweet will perform on the various stages set up throughout the contemporary museum’s campus.

THE 2011 ACTS: Wilco (Friday and Saturday headlining sets), The Levon Helm Band, Thurston Moore, Pillow Wand (Nels Cline & Thurston Moore duo), Glenn Kotche , The Autumn Defense , Pronto, Comedy Cabaret curated by John Hodgman featuring Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman and Morgan Murphy, Syl Johnson & The Sweet Divines, Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Handsome Family, Liam Finn, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Here We Go Magic, Sic Alps, Purling Hiss and Story Pirates.

Wilco, who headline Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, will be joined by iconic American singer Levon Helm and his band, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, soul singer Syl Johnson, jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, alternative country twosome The Handsome Family and more.

The intimate three-day event will also feature a rare live performance by Pillow Wand, the “dream guitars” collaboration by Nels Cline and Thurston Moore. It all takes place in the scenic Berkshire Mountains in North Adams on the grounds of Mass MoCA, the largest contemporary art museum in the country.

This year’s Solid Sound Comedy Cabaret is 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").

Also confirmed to perform: Australian New Zealand rocker Liam Finn, folk duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Chicago retro-soul band JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound plus indie-rockers Here We Go Magic, Sic Alps and Purling Hiss.

Returning to Solid Sound for a second year will be Story Pirates, the fun-for-all-ages sketch comedy/musical performance troupe whose skits are based entirely on stories written by elementary school-aged kids.

Wilco is also pleased to welcome Euclid Records, the St. Louis-based independent vinyl and CD retailer to this year's Solid Sound Festival to host an on-site pop-up store. Additional retail partners and vendors will be announced soon. On nearby Main Street of North Adams, merchants and restaurants are also preparing for the arrival of the music lovers. Last year, they threw a midnight block party following one of the concerts.

Tickets for the three-day festival are $124.50 and available through solidsoundfestival.com, massmoca.org and the Mass MoCA box office. (Early-worm tickets are sold out). Price includes admission to festival and museum, service fees and designated festival parking.

Admission for children 6 and younger is free; weekend passes for kids ages 7-10 are $50 and only available at the Solid Sound box office, starting Friday, June 24, and through the weekend.

For the entire lineup in pictures and related posts, go to BerkshireOnStage.com.
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