Festival Fever: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, 9/20-22/13

The initial line-up of bands has been announced for the third annual FreshGrass Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams. The fest will take place from Friday-Sunday, September 20-21, and the roster of performers features both die-hard traditionalists and progressive-minded pickers alike.

This year the fest will have a new main stage out in the grassy Joe’s Field. And the line-up has expanded considerably up to 20 bands from 13 last year. Also for the first time, the fest will also host a battle of the bands in which the winning band will receive $5,000 and $1,000 of recording time at Compass Records in Nashville. Entries for the contest will begin on May 1.

Three-day, all-festival tickets are available for $78; students $68. Limited number of Friday single-day tickets are available for $28; student $18; child under 16 $8. Single-day tickets for Saturday or Sunday are $38; students $28; children under 16 $18.

Although there’s no schedule yet of which days the bands will be performing, here’s the line-up of bands that have been announced so far:

The Infamous Stringdusters
Alison Brown
Sam Bush
The Del McCoury Band
Leftover Salmon
Dr. Ralph Stanley
Noam Pikelny & Friends
The Lone Bellow
The Wood Brothers
Elephant Revival
Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall
Jerry Douglas
Lake Street Dive
Darol Anger
The Gibson Brothers
Dan Zanes
John Reischman & the Jaybirds
Mandolin Orange
Bill Evans
Elizabeth Mitchell

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1 Comment
  1. Jon B. says

    What a great lineup for what’s become one of the best festivals in the area. It’s almost starting to compete with grey fox, which btw you really should have on that list of other Fests at the bottom!

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