U2’s stadium revival of 1987’s classic album The Joshua Tree and Wilco’s eclectic Solid Sound Festival dominate the horizon this weekend, although there’s a few choice shows to catch around town as well. The Robert Glasper Experiment, a funkier project by the Grammy-nominated jazz pianist that touches down at the Sinclair on Friday before moving on to hit Solid Sound’s busy Saturday slate.
Solid Sound starts Friday night at MASS MoCA’s sprawling complex in North Adams with host band Wilco performing its entire 1996 double album Being There (maybe not The Joshua Tree, but a sweet transitional landmark between the band’s alt-country roots and more experimental later rock). Former Blasters mates Dave and Phil Alvin also play opening night with the Guilty Ones while trance-jazz trio Dawn of Midi kick off the biennial fest’s late-night portion, which includes the Alloy Orchestra accompanying different films Friday and Saturday.
Saturday’s the busy day around Solid Sound’s field and courtyard stages with Television, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers, Big Thief, the Shaggs (their first performance in 18 years), Kevin Morby, Deep Sea Diver and a final headline set by Wilco. And Sunday rounds out the festival with Wilco side projects, Canadian folk-pop maestro Andy Shauf and jazz time-traveler Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids. Here’s the full schedule. Solid Sound officially sold out just days ago, but there’s still a bunch of tickets floating around on craigslist.
If you’re in town on Saturday, Philly soul-pop duo Daryl Hall & John Oates team with British art-pop combo Tears for Fears to honor the ’80s at TD Garden, while eccentric R&B revivalist Imelda May (without her old high-flying pompadour) lets loose at the Paradise Rock Club.
The Joshua Tree sprang from the musically and politically evolving U2’s reflection of America in the time of Ronald Reagan and the Irish rockers are performing the entire album (including such rare tracks as “One Tree Hill” and “Exit”) at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Sunday – along with a handful of other hits and perhaps one new song. Expect now-usual widescreen visuals and plenty of ramp room for the now-older Bono and the boys to play into the arms of America, specifically longtime Boston fans.