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And so it was with heavy hearts, we said goodbye to North Adams. But not before one last coffee at MASS MOCA.

Then we got in the car and headed back to Boston. Along the way we saw several things. This large moose statue was one of the things.

We stopped briefly in a small town called Shellburne Falls. They had a bridge of flowers and glacier rocks. The falls were however a little disappointing. Cute little town though.

We also stopped for lunch in a small town called Gill at a place called The Wagon Wheel. We ate fish tacos and fried pickles. Oh yes we did. (Note: the chips were disappointing and should’ve been left off the meal)

Another quick stop at Turners Falls.

Then we got stuck in Boston traffic on our way to the airport and nearly missed our flight. 

Phew! We made it. Lake Michigan is HUUUUUUUGE by the way.

Music is my saviour part 3

Day 3 of Solid Sound. Here we go again.

Looked at some art.

The closest I got to meeting Wilco. Although one member appears to be missing (not quite sure which one though)

Then music, music and more music. Today was mostly a day of Wilco side project bands. But first up was Andy Shauf. He was really good.

Sneaky shot of Wilco’s guitarist Nels, doing a signing. (We didn’t line up, too many people)


Then, Glenn Kotche (Wilco’s drummer) side project On Filimore. Experimental jazz at its finest.

Then Blainie’s favourite The Autumn Defense. That’s John Stirratt and Pat Sansone from Wilco’s side project. They were the best. But incredibly loud. 

Then a quick run over to see Quindar. Mikael from Wilco’s band. They were all electronic-y and all awesome.

And then Tweedy and friends. Awesome also. Sorry I’m kind of speeding through this, as we are so behind in our posts so I’m just trying to catch up. Will try to edit later and add some more details. This set was just plain old good fun.

And then before we knew it, it was over. But an amazing time was had by all.

Then we had a large delicious pizza and artichoke dip.

See you in 2 years, Solid Sound Festival – I’m taking a guess here, but I think we will be back. 

Music is my saviour 

Ok…so, where to begin….well, I suppose firstly we will apologise for no updates over the last couple of days. We were deep in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts and Internet coverage wasn’t great so it was too difficult to blog. Also we were too darn busy.  

On Friday morning we packed up our stuff, picked up a hire car and waved goodbye to Boston, bound for North Adams, about a 3 hour drive away. We had quite a fancy car which was nice, and it didn’t take Steve too long to get used to driving on the other side of the road.

Massachusetts is very green.

The sky was blue, but rain and thunder were forecast for later that night. Bit of a worry, seeing as though we were going to see bands out in a field. But we were hopeful it would hold off. We saw signs warning of deer, and…moose. Did not want to see a moose on the road. That would be bad.

Really beautiful countryside. This is what they should show on the news in Australia, instead of all the negative things they show about America. 

So we made it to North Adams by early afternoon and checked in to our accommodation. For the next three nights we would pretend we were university students – as we were staying in a dorm room at the North Adams university. 

Then we headed on down to Mass Moca, the site of Solid Sound Festival for the next couple of days. We were a bit early, so we stopped in at a local bar for a couple of drinks – with all the rest of the festival goers. 

Then, on to Mass MOCA. And might I just say, what an amazing venue for a festival.

Storms were forecast and the dark skies were threatening. But the weather was warm and we head our ponchos, so it was all good…we hoped so anyway.

First up we watched Nancy and Beth. They were great. Really entertaining.

The rain drizzled for a bit during Dave and Phil Alvin, and Steve put his poncho on. It wasn’t really needed though. He wore it anyway until he got too hot.

And, then, before we knew it, it was time for Wilco!! Tonight, they would be playing their 2nd album “Being There” in full. Us fans voted online in a poll as to which album we wanted to hear, and “Being There” won. Incidentally, even though neither of us really minded what album was played, this was the one we voted for too. And it was awesome.

Even though it was packed, we got a great spot, close ish to the front and could see really well. The crowd was amazing. So well behaved, courteous, friendly and loving every minute of it. If only all concert crowds could be like this.

And th rain held off! It was a Solid Sound miracle!

Then, after they played “Being There” they went off stage briefly before coming back for their encore – and it’s not just a two or three song encore from Wilco – THEY PLAYED THE ENTIRE ‘YANKEE HOTEL FOXTROT’ Yes, that’s right, did you hear me correctly? The entire album, as an encore! Amazing. The crowd was flipping out a few songs in when they realised what was happening. So, so good.

Then, before we knew it, night one was over. We went and stocked up on merchandise (tshirt and a poster) and walked back to our accommodation- that’s when it started to rain. A great start to an awesome weekend. Stay tuned for part two.