Fresh Grass Festival
Friday, Sept 19 through Sunday, Sept 21
MASS MoCA - North Adams, MA
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Fresh Grass line-up includes: Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Infamous Stringdusters, David Grisman Sextet, The Gibson Brothers, Rodney Crowell, Valerie June, The Duhks and many more!
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FreshGrass is rich in both traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, presented in a wide array of venues tucked appropriately into a 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum… all set amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Berkshire mountains in northwestern Massachusetts.
An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival, brimming with bright talent on our four stages, and also in our galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy field. FreshGrass is becoming more than a festival: join us as we build a new hub for the bluegrass community, honoring the American tradition while also propelling the genre forward.
Music starts early in the museum courtyards, moves to our spacious (and grassy!) urban concert meadow, and then continues until past your bedtime with wild and wooly late-night barn dances in the Hunter Center on Friday and Saturday nights. The lineup is jam-packed with guitar gods and banjo gurus, traditionalists and trailblazers—artists you already know and love along with new FreshGrass discoveries. Taken together, it’s an expansive group of performers who both draw on the past and look to the future.
Elsewhere on campus, instrument-specific workshops and industry seminars are offered in conjunction with Berklee College of Music and its American Roots Program, often featuring guest musicians from the festival. And each year five young bands perform for an all-star jury, vying for The FreshGrass Award: over $10,000 in cash prizes awarded for fresh takes on bluegrass music.