Wilco Arrives at Mass MoCA
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Solid Sound Festival doesn't start until Friday evening but the signs of its arrival are evident.
The Wilco letters were hoisted above one of the entrances to Joe's Field at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday afternoon. It's a good sign after 2011's rainy weather left the letters groundside — though they did provide a great backdrop for numerous fan photos.
The weather is finally looking good — cross your fingers — so we're hoping for nice days this weekend for visitors and residents alike.
The music had already started as a practice session could be heard coming from the old Sprague's shipping department. "Don't Fear the Reaper" seemed a downer for such sunny day.
There are still tickets available for the three-day festival here. If you're local, at least you've got a place to stay. The hotels are filled, and so is the Solid Ground camping site. Two other sites have been set for festivalgoers at Hoosac Vally High School in Cheshire (Hurricane Camping — the mascot not the weather!) and at Buxton School in Williamstown.
Area residents should be aware of shuttle buses making frequent trips between camping areas and parking sites, running about every 20 to 30 minutes. Parking is expected to be at a premium around the museum, with overflow at the old Walmart, behind Big Y, the airport and other sites.
The downtown will be open for business late on Saturday night and the crowd won't be leaving MoCA until after Wilco's performance so things shouldn't be too crowded until around 11.