Americanarama Festival of Music feat. Bob Dylan and His Band + more!
Wilco, My Morning Jacket, & Bob Weir – Solo Acoustic
1st Ave at Demonbreun St
5:30 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
Robert Allen Zimmerman grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota, listening to American folk, country, rhythm and blues, and early rock and roll music. In 1961 he became Bob Dylan, fused his great mentors Woody Guthrie and Little Richard, moved to Greenwich Village, and began to write the greatest songs of post-World War II American pop music. He moved from masterpieces of social commentary – "Masters of War," "With God On Our Side," "Blowin' in the Wind," "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" – to more personal surrealist epics that defined the angst and atmosphere of the 1960s – "Desolation Row," "Like a Rolling Stone," "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands." He became identified as the voice of his generation and for some years withdrew from the scene, only to return to the stage in what has been described as the "Never Ending Tour."
As brilliant a performer as ever, the recent years have seen him receive astonishing critical acknowledgement. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1991, and in 1997 he received three Grammys for his resurgent album Time Out of Mind. He published a brilliantly received memoir, Chronicles Part I and won an Oscar for his song "Things Have Changed," the theme to the film Wonder Boys in 2000, performing the song at the ceremony by video from a sound stage in Australia. His most recent album, the 2006 Modern Times, was also well received. Finally, in April of this year he received an honorary Pulitzer Prize in music, the first rock musician to do so, for, said the judges, "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
Wilco's Solid Sound Festival is a three-day celebration of music, comedy, art and community held at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in the scenic small town of North Adams in The Berkshires of Western MA. Envisioned by Wilco and presented in collaboration with MASS MoCA, the weekend features two headlining Wilco concerts, a comedy cabaret programmed and hosted by John Hodgman, additional musical performances on four stages selected by Wilco and including Wilco-related side projects, a wide array of all-ages programming, and of course, world-class modern art.
Past non-Wilco performers include Mavis Staples, Levon Helm, Thurston Moore, The Books, Syl Johnson, The Handsome Family, The Baseball Project, Here We Go Magic and more. There are also featured speakers, workshops, theatrical performers, food and drink, camping, shuttle buses, pop-up stores and more (in the two festivals done to date, "more" has included everything from live falconry demonstrations to Jeff Tweedy in a charity dunk tank).
In short, the festival is a fun, fantastic collective experience for Wilco and its community of fans. 2013 will be the third iteration of the festival.
My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket will take the stage of the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY for three consecutive nights in continuation of their Spontaneous Curation Series. To keep with the spirit of the series, no songs will repeat for each of these performances. The renowned landmark, built in 1926, once housed acts such as The Grateful Dead (18 concerts in a one-year span from 1970-1971), Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Dead, among others and was was recently re-opened this past year. In conjunction with each night of the show, every Capitol Theatre ticket buyer will receive a complementary download which will be delivered shortly after each performance.
& Bob Weir – Solo Acoustic
When Grateful Dead co-founder guitarist-vocalist Bob Weir joined the improvisational jam band in 1965, he was just 17. Over the years, Weir grew to be one of rock's finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists, and a band stalwart always. In addition to writing a number of Dead staples such as "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia" and "Cassidy," Weir has enjoyed a long and affluent music career. His band RatDog is increasingly active. He has collaborated both on stage and on record with Bob Dylan, bassist Rob Wasserman, pianist Bruce Hornsby (who also played numerous gigs with the Grateful Dead), saxophonist Branford Marsalis and Black Crowes' singer Chris Robinson, to name just a few.
In 2007, the Grateful Dead, one of the first cult acts in music, was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The peace-loving, daisy-smelling youth that once swarmed Dead shows, a.k.a. "Deadheads," have become the stock-broking, suit wearing, SUV-driving dads, moms, and grandparents who come see Weir to remember the days of freedom and hope, if just for a couple of songs.
In a review of one of Weir's recent solo acoustic performances in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, The Times-Leader raved "the audience cheered wildly at the first few notes of the instrumental intro, then heartily sang every word. Weir may have been the only one in the entire theater still seated as the first tune rang out." Jambands.com noted in a review of Weir's concert in Phoenix last year that "the solo form brought out new depth and parable."