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Weekend Full of Bluegrass Music Workshops Scheduled for FreshGrass

MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA -- The FreshGrass Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) workshop program expands in 2013 with two kinds of offerings: instrument-specific intensives focused on playing hints and techniques, and seminars featuring conversations between performers, participants, and industry professionals. Workshops will be held throughout the FreshGrass festival weekend, September 20-22, on the campus of MASS MoCA.

FreshGrass to Award $10,000 in Bluegrass Related Prizes!

MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA -- Bluegrass Music is rich in tradition, including a storied history of flat-picking contests, fiddlers' conventions, and other participatory events that bring together musicians in spirited competition. The FreshGrass Award, new to this year's FreshGrass Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, seeks to add new octane to the competition circuit, with $10,000 in cash prizes, a Compass Records recording session in Nashville, mentoring with veteran musicians, and a performance spot at next year's FreshGrass festival. FreshGrass rewards fresh takes on bluegrass with cash, recording session & mentoring.

FreshGrass Festival Launches New Website

MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA -- The FreshGrass festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) annual celebration of bluegrass and roots music, launches a new website this week. The updated now includes opportunities for visitors to hear and purchase music, follow FreshGrass performers as they criss-cross the country on tour, and to shape the future of the festival by offering feedback and suggestions with the festival organizers via the site's "Front Porch" feature.

Old Crow Medicine Show at MASS MOCA FreshGrass Bluegrass & Roots Fest

Old Crow Medicine ShowNorth Adams, MA -- In a flag-planting preview to its bluegrass and roots music festival at MASS MoCA in late September, FreshGrass presents Old Crow Medicine Show in MASS MoCA's Hunter Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 28, at 8pm. Old Crow Medicine Show (Ketch Secor, Critter Fuqua, Kevin Hayes, Morgan Jahnig, Gill Landry, and Chance McCoy) shot to stardom as energetic performers with an unbridled spirit that leaps off their strings whenever they pick up an instrument. Discovered by legendary bluegrass picker Doc Watson while they were busking on a street corner in Boone, North Carolina, the group's ascendancy happened on the heels of its first major appearance at Watson's annual Merlefest music festival. So well-received there, the band followed that appearance with a residency at The Grand Ole Opry, which further launched a career whose success now spans across two decades, over 800,000 album sales, and a Grammy award.

Del McCoury, Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Lead FreshGrass

Del McCoury BandNorth Adams, MA -- Securing its place at the forefront of the bluegrass and roots music scene, the first wave of acts announced for MASS MoCA's (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) expanding FreshGrass festival ( includes legendary bluegrass pioneers, genre-bending bands, and groundbreaking contemporary traditionalists. A new main stage, located on MASS MoCA's expansive and grassy "Joe's Field", has been added to this year's festival. A full slate of afternoon and evening performances-as well as late-night, hoedown-style barn dances-is scheduled for the weekend of September 20-22, 2013.

Porchlight Sessions World Premiere Held at FreshGrass Festival Friday

Bluegrass Music LegendsFriday, the world premiere of Porchlight Sessions, a documentary that filmmaker Anna Schwaber calls “Bluegrass 101, took place at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s(MASS MoCA) FreshGrass bluegrass music festival. The second annual FreshGrass festival turned the whole museum into nothing short of a bluegrass music amusement park.

FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival to turn Museum into Bluegrass Amusement Park

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.


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