Jeff Tweedy, Nels Cline, David Hidalgo, Marc Ribot and More Join Medeski Martin & Wood at Solid Sound
Wilco’s third Solid Sound Music Festival came to a close Sunday night. Though the event hosts opted not to perform on the final night of their festival, all six members of the group took the stage with other projects during the day. Then, Medeski Martin & Wood officially closed the weekend’s festivities.
The members of Wilco performed on stages around the festival’s MASS MoCA location during the afternoon hours. Keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen played a set with Greg O’Keeffe and Oliver Chapoy in Courtyard D while Guitarist Nels Cline improvised with Julian Lage in the museum’s indoor Hunter Center. Bassist John Stirratt and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone previewed material from their forthcoming record along with their The Autumn Defense in Courtyard D, while drummer Glenn Kotche’s On Fillmore provided a live score to WNYC’s Radiolab in Courtyard C. Also of note, reunited Brazilian-bred, Las Vegas-based psychedelic rock group Os Mutantes performed in Joe’s Field, and avant-garde guitarist Marc Ribot and Los Lobs guitarist David Hidalgo showcased their Border Music show in Courtyard D.
Medeski Martin & Wood closed out the weekend with a guest-heavy set on the main Joe’s Field stage. Billed as Medeski Martin & Wood w/ Special Guests, the special set drew in some of the day’s biggest names. Hidalgo played electric guitar on “Pappy Check, both Ribot and Hidalgo sat in on the anthem “Shackman” and Cline sat in on a sequence of improv-heavy songs. Fresh off a collaboration with MMW at New York’sBlue Note earlier this year, Cline emerged for a chunk of improvisation that morphed into “Henduck.” In a more unexpected move, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy also joined Cline and the members of MMW to sing on Wilco’s “I Hate It Here” at the end of the trio’s set. Cline returned at the end of the night for the lone encore of “Heaven On Earth.”