Mass MOCA. North Adams, MA
Same weekend as Glastonbury. The 4th Solid Sound Festival in beautiful North Adams in the berkshires of Massachusetts. It is a Wilco curated thing (every second year) containing plenty of live music, comedy, “events”, wonderful specially brewed beer etc. Venue is Mass MOCA, an art gallery set in a number of former warehouses (a bit like Saltaire), with stages inside, in courtyards and in “Joe’s Field” for the big capacity stuff.
As a longstanding Wilco fan it seemed to be unmissable, the best live band on the planet over 3 days in a beautiful setting for $120? A no brainer.
We drove down from Ottawa on the Friday, a long and eventful drive. First my friend forgot his passport, but was still amazingly let into the USA by showing his driving licence and giving his name and place of birth, secondly we passed a large number of police with big weapons drawn (later learned an escaped convict had been shot dead in the area), and then we encountered an overturned car on the highway, we stopped to help and thankfully a woman with two very small children had made it out » Continue Reading.