Solid Sound 2019 Sunday pics & video (Jeff Tweedy w/ Scott McCaughey, Amelia Meath, more)
The 2019 edition of Wilco's biennial Solid Sound Festival wrapped up on Sunday (6/30) at North Adams, MA's MASS MoCA. The day started off stormy, forcing the relocation of several sets into the museum's galleries from the outdoor stage. We caught Room for Interpretation, the duo of Wilco's Nels Cline and his frequent collaborator, guitar virtuoso Julian Lage, playing in front of projected short films from Stan Brakhage and Charles & Ray Eames. Buck Meek, Wand, and Quindar (the project of Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen and James Merle Thomas) all performed in galleries before the outdoor field was reopened again, where Jonathan Richman was joined by Tommy Larkins on bongos. Sets from John Stiratt and Pat Sansone's project The Autumn Defense, Lonnie Holley, Lakou Mizik, and CUP (Yuka Honda and Nels Cline) rounded out the afternoon, and we also looked in on the museum's Annie Lennox exhibit, Now I Let You Go.
Closing out the weekend was a collaborative set from Jeff Tweedy and friends on the main stage. Focusing on his solo material (and a few covers), Jeff was joined by a backing band made up of Liam Kazar, James Elkington, and his son Spencer Tweedy. Various friends, bandmates and festival performers, including OHMME, Pat Sansone, Glenn Kotche, Mikael Jorgensen, Nels Cline, Scott McCaughey, Sammy Tweedy, and Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath (who joined him on "You & I") took the stage with Jeff, and everyone came back out for a rendition of "I Shall Be Released." There was also a very fitting group performance of "Let's Go Rain," timed just as the sky opened up again. Watch fan-taken video of that (and a couple of clips of "I Shall Be Released") below, and check out pictures from the whole day in the gallery above.
photos by Ellen Qbertplaya