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Wilco’s Solid Sound fest returns with a bold mix of acts and experiences

The Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCa features (clockwise from top) Jeff Tweedy‘s Wilco, comedian John Hodgman, and the band Low.
The Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCa features (clockwise from top) Jeff Tweedy‘s Wilco, comedian John Hodgman, and the band Low.Matt Roberts/Getty Images

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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.

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