FreshGrass Music Festival Tickets
FreshGrass Music Festival tickets
The FreshGrass Music Festival, taking place over three days in North Adams in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, is a showcase of both contemporary and traditional bluegrass and roots music. Its family-friendly atmosphere, top-notch headliners and celebration of up-and-coming talent makes the festival stand out as an experience to remember. Music fans who love the bluegrass genre, as well as those who might be new to it, are in for a treat whether attending one, two or the full three days of shows and festivities. Camping is available too, for anyone wishing to stay at the venue and enjoy a fully immersive experience.
FreshGrass Music Festival's background
The FreshGrass Music Festival had its inaugural year in 2011, when it was more intimate in scale than later events and featured eight acts, including David Mayfield, Sarah Jarosz and the Hackensaw Boys. The following years' events welcomed bigger and bigger headliners alongside up-and-coming acts. Some of the bigger names from the early years include Alison Brown, Elephant Revival and the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience.
In 2014 the FreshGrass Music Festival featured some major stars as headliners, most notably 13-time Grammy winner Emmylou Harris and renowned banjo maestro Bela Fleck. In 2015 country pioneer Dwight Yoakam topped a lineup of two-dozen acts, and in 2016 Old Crow Medicine Show headlined on the Saturday. The 2017 lineup featured folk and Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile and the "newgrass" jam band Railroad Earth.
The FreshGrass Music Festival experience
The FreshGrass Music Festival grounds feature four stages in an "urban concert meadow," plus galleries and comprehensive camping areas, which are served by a shuttle bus. The grounds are unique, housed within the contemporary MASS MoCa art gallery, itself a converted 19th century factory in the Berkshire Mountains.
Musicians in attendance are invited to bring along their instruments and participate in the celebration of bluegrass and roots music. The FreshGrass Award, which is open to all festival-goers, is presented, along with cash prizes, to winners in band, banjo, fiddle and singer-songwriter categories. Winners are invited to perform at the following year's festival. Workshops with a focus on bluegrass techniques are also featured as part of the festival, and are free with admission, although reservations are recommended.
The FreshGrass Festival also features special activities for kids of all ages. Among them are music-making and instrument-making opportunities, arts and crafts, child-focused pop-up concerts. There will also be open access to the Kidspace gallery at MASS MoCA, which will host an outdoor ArtBar.
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