Fans attending this year’s Solid Sound Festival (June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA) will be treated to a unique Wilco performance. On Friday evening and for the first time ever, band members will unplug their instruments to perform a full set of Wilco tunes acoustically. On its recent tour Wilco performed brief, intimate acoustic sets within the concert’s encores, but this will be the first time the band unplugs for an extended performance.
“Right now we’re thinking about playing somewhat mirrored sets on Friday and Saturday nights – on Friday, the main set will be stripped down and acoustic and the encores will be electric,” Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy said. “On Saturday we’ll flip it. Start big and loud and finish acoustically. We’ll see how it goes. It’ll be a bit of an experiment, but the Solid Sound audience is usually game for whatever we throw at them.”
He continues, “It’s been a great experience for the six of us to perform our songs this way. It’s a bit of a rediscovery of the songs and a way for us to reconnect musically with one another. I found myself really looking forward to this part of the set every night on the most recent tour.”
Hear Wilco's acoustic performance of "Casino Queen" on May 7 in Indianapolis.
Limited quantities of three-day and single-day tickets still remain for the upcoming festival, with fewer than 250 tickets available for Saturday. Tickets are available through solidsoundfestival.com.
In other news: Wilco’s dBpm Records will release Beyond The Fleeting Moment: Wilco Concert Posters 2004-2014 on June 26. An archival poster book, which will be available for the first time at the Solid Sound Festival, is available for pre-order now through the Wilco store.
The 224-page hardcover book features more than 200 concert posters reprinted on heavyweight paper and richly reproduced to accurately reflect each poster’s original detail. Included are posters from more than 50 designers plus rare live photographs by Zoran Orlic. Beyond The Fleeting Moment also features a foreword by designer Lawrence Azerrad of LADdesign and an introduction by MASS MoCA’s Founding Director Joseph Thompson.