NORTH ADAMS -- A healthy sampling of Wilco's fanbase huddled in a circle inside Mass MoCA on Friday afternoon -- some hailed from Maryland, Pennsylvania or just outside of Boston -- but one among them had the rest beat.
Paula Echeverria came all the way from Guatemala City, where the Chicago-based band doesn't have the presence it does in the United States.
"But we'll be taking care of that. We wear the T-shirts, we talk about their music," Echeverria, 49, said, referring to herself and her husband, Javier. He was standing in line elsewhere, ready to head straight for Joe's Field to ensure the couple was up front for Wilco's performance. The band wouldn't take the stage yet for another five hours at the opening night of the third Solid Sound Festival, the band's music and arts festival at Mass MoCA.
Different locations, different genders, different ages, but all fans connected by their excitement to see Wilco play.
The fanbase may defy a streamline description, but according to Echeverria, they are "the Wilco family."
"We're very passionate, very loyal, very open and very friendly," she said among friends she recognized at previous Wilco shows. "You can come up to us and just start a conversation. The music brings us together."
Phrases such as "Oh, hey again!" or "I knew I'd see you here!" rang out through the museum's campus Friday, as fans hugged, recognizing one another from the last Wilco show they attended.
"It's like a family reunion," said Judy G., of Portland, Ore., after reacquainting with Brianne K., of Wisconsin, who she met at a previous Wilco show. Both declined to give their last names.
The patriarch of "the Wilco family" is the alternative rock band formed in 1994 out of the remaining members of the alternative country group Uncle Tupelo.
"They're wonderful to their fans," said Julie Revak, of Arlington.
The more ardent fans Friday sported Wilco T-shirts, worn by both playful young children and tattooed adults.
The band's multi-generational appeal was on display in Pennsylvania father and son Sam and Cory DeAngelo, 17 and 45, respectively, who both wore Wilco shirts Friday.
Cory was a fan of the band Uncle Tupelo back in the 1990s, and Sam slowly became hooked on what his father calls "super musicians."
"I like watching them live," Sam said. "They sound great on an album, but just seeing them live adds that extra dimension."
Cory said most of his fellow Wilco fans "tend to like the outdoors," but he had no idea why.
Wearing Wilco swag wasn't the only indicator of a Wilco fan Friday. Rich Jones, of Huntingtown, Md., may have been wearing an Under Armour shirt, but had seen Wilco live in concert before, a gathering where he's "seen younger people and never been the oldest in the crowd."
Jones came to Solid Sound in 2011.
"You didn't have a bunch of knuckleheads here," he said. "They gave out beer glasses, and people knew not to throw them."