Solid Sound

On August 13-15, MASS MoCA will be transforming the sleepy Western Massachusetts town of North Adams into a paradise city for fans of critically acclaimed rock band Wilco.  The Wilco Solid Sound Festival - a Wilco-curated 3 day music, art, comedy, and film event - will showcase numerous Wilco side-projects.  In the same spirit, Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to announce that we will present two of these Wilco side-projects here in Philadelphia to conclude what has been an excellent season of events.  This two-part season finale will feature performances by Nels Cline Singers and Glenn Kotche's On Fillmore.

On Wednesday, July 7 The Nels Cline Singers will be performing at Johnny Brenda's, an event that will mark the group's first Philadelphia performance.  Their latest full-length record, Initiate, was released in April of this year, and if you haven't heard it yet, now is the perfect chance to experience some of the new material and witness the world's most dangerous guitar player for yourself.  ANW is also pleased to announce that the trio will be joined by a very special guest for the evening: Cibo Matto-founder and multi-instrumentalist Yuka Honda!  Sharing the bill with The Nels Cline Singers will be Good for Cows - the duo of Xiu Xiu's Ches Smith and Devin Hoff of Nels Cline Singers - and the hypnotic minimalism of Tzadik recording artist and mibra player Richard Crandell.

Then, exactly one week later, on Wednesday, July 14, On Fillmore will be performing at Philadelphia Art Alliance.  Bassist Darin Gray and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche have collaborated with a long list of jazz, experimental, and indie artists, including Jim O'Rourke, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Chris Corsano, Loren Connors, Will Oldham and Kevin Drumm.  Their excellent 3rd LP, Extended Vacation, was released in 2009 and praised by The New York Times and Pitchfork alike for its idiosyncratic genre-bending.  A solo performance by composer and pianist Rachel Grimes, who was called "one of American independent music's few truly inspired technicians" by The Wire, will start the night off.

Please come out and join us for these two very special events.  We'll be celebrating the end of a wonderful season of music and the beginning of an even better one!