Filed under: Methodology, Syl Johnson | Tags: Christina Kubich, Clocktower Project, Euclid Records, Gunnar Schonbeck, Jeff Tweedy, MASS MoCA, Nels Cline, Pillow Wand, Solid Sound, Sweet Divines, Thurston Moore, Wilco, WSSR
It was a great weekend for Numerophites from across the country who descended upon the incredible MASS MoCA museum for Wilco’s curated arts festival, Solid Sound. It was fantastic to be asked to be back in North Adams and sharing Syl Johnson on the main stage Saturday night and Numero’s music through the ether, in the courtyard, on every stage in between sets, and the internet as WSSR: Solid Sound Radio 88.7 FM ran strong all weekend through the Berkshire’s — almost a 5 mile radius with our new cable! It was great to hear that people had been tuning in before arriving at the festival as they waited in traffic each day through Williamstown and North Adams and then also tuning in the rest of the weekend at their hotels, campgrounds, and in shops around town.
As you can see from above we were able to attach the antenna to the belltower and de-install the amazing permanent installation, Clocktower Project, by Christina Kubich, so that the sweet Numero sounds could be heard in the courtyard all weekend. Penny and Michael ran the station and had a great time talking to all of the Numero fans — both old and new — who stopped by to say hi or ask questions about the music being heard around the festival.
On Saturday night Syl Johnson & the Sweet Divines opened up for Wilco on the main stage but due to the worst storm of the weekend, the set was delayed and had to be cut short by 20 minutes. It was amazing to see thousands of people toughing it out in the rain anxiously awaiting Syl’s energetic set. With minutes to spare on the clock and the crowd screaming for more as Syl’s set came to a close, he and the band did a monster version of ‘Ms. Fine Brown’ to a field of almost 5,000 before Wilco closed out the evening.
On Sunday Syl did an autograph session at the Euclid Record Fair and we got a chance to sneak away from the station to catch a rare appearance by Pillow Wand which is the guitar mayhem duo of Nels Cline and Thurston Moore. Finally we slid into the Sol Lewitt building and checked out the remarkable homemade instruments by Gunnar Schonbeck that came out of the attic at nearby Bennington College for the festival and some of the acoustic pop-up sets that took place there all weekend.
Thanks to Wilco and their fantastic management for asking us to come back, the hard working staff at MASS MoCA, the easy going production crew on the main stage, and everyone who came out. Hopefully we’ll see you all there again next year!
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