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When his band first created a festival in its own image at MASS MoCA in 2010, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy took a shift sitting atop a carnival-style dunk tank as fans chatted him up and vied for a chance to send him plunging, repeatedly, into cold water. Lesson learned: it made for good sport, but left the singer with a hoarse tickle in his throat for his festival-closing acoustic set.
Other than the hazards of full-body water submersion, the festival treated fans and bands very well its first year and during a repeat act in 2011 (when concertgoers were doused in torrential rains during Wilco’s opening set).
After taking a year off, Solid Sound returns to North Adams Friday through Sunday, with a lineup led by Wilco performances the first two nights.