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FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival to turn Museum into Bluegrass Amusement Park

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David Grisman Bluegrass ExperienceNorth Adams, MA -- The second annual FreshGrass Festival turns the whole museum into nothing short of a bluegrass music amusement park. Besides a collection of bands and musicians as diverse and exciting as you'll find anywhere playing on multiple stages inside and out, they will have pop-up performances in the galleries and under the trees, film screenings, banjo workshops, instrument building for kids, great food and drink (moonshine slushies, anyone?), and so much more. They will even have a locally brewed FreshGrass IPA from Greenfield's The People's Pint, with local wet hops and a zesty, crisp flavor.

They are starting early in Courtyard C and going till past your bedtime with wild and wooly late night barn dances in the Hunter Center on Friday and Saturday nights. The lineup is chock-full of guitar gods, mandolin masters and banjo gurus, traditionalists and trailblazers – artists you already love along with incredible discoveries to be made. Taken together, it’s an inclusive group of performers who are both reaching back to the past and looking to the future to push this great music forward. Plus, it’s all in a family friendly setting, and the biggest bargain in the festival world.

Check out the lineup below and join us for a day, a night, or the whole weekend. Bring your family and friends and share in the FreshGrass love!

FreshGrass Schedule:

    • 6:30 PM Porchlight Sessions film premiere
    • Barn Dance:
      • 8:00 PM Spirit Family Reunion with Morgan O'Kane
      • 9:15 PM Infamous Stringdusters
    • 1:30 PM Old-Time Kozmik Trio
    • 2:30 PM Cahalen Morrison and Eli West
    • 3:30 PM Joy Kills Sorrow
    • 4:45 PM Alison Brown
    • 6:00 PM Tony Rice
    • 7:30 PM David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
    • 9:15 PM Barn Dance with The Devil Makes Three
    • 11:45 AM Berklee Roots Roadshow
    • 12:45 PM Leyla McCalla
    • 1:45 PM Bill Evans
    • 2:45 PM Lonesome River Band
    • 4:00 PM Carolina Chocolate Drops
    • 5:30 PM Trampled by Turtles

Pricing: Festival passes $46 for adults, $26 for students, $16 for kids 6-16, and free for children under 6. Day passes for Saturday or Sunday only are $25 for adults, $15 for students, $5 for kids 6-16 and free for children under 6. MASS MoCA members receive a 10% discount.

Festival passes and day passes include gallery admission. The festival will be held rain or shine, moving inside to the Hunter Center in case of inclement weather. Festival-goers are welcome to bring blankets and cushions to sit on but should leave chairs, coolers, and picnic baskets at home. Limited bleacher seating is available on a first come/first served basis. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office located off Marshall Street in North Adams, open from 11 AM until 5 PM every day. Read a press release about the event.

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