What a lineup!
David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
Trampled By Turtles
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Lonesome River Band
Joy Kills Sorrow
Cahalen & Eli
The Devil Makes Three
Spirit Family Reunion
plus a Banjo Workshop, Galleries
There are a lot of bluegrass lovers out there, and Mass MoCA has been offering ever growing chunks of it to the public in and around the Berkshires. To their delight, it has been a success, and this Fall they are pulling out all the stops with a three day Fresh Grass Festival that is at least double the size of last year’s Bluegrass Festival, possibly more.
With a combination of indoor and outdoor performances, and a lineup that has both the classic and familiar mixed with some bright new talents, the September 21-23 weekend is going to be fun. Early bird tickets will save some real money too. Scroll down for more information on them. Here’s how MassMoCA describes it:
Mass MoCA’s Director Joe Thompson explained the motivation for the weekend festival: “In addition to presenting some of the nation’s most inventive bluegrass talent alongside the greats in the field like David Grisman, we hope FreshGrass will draw visitors to our area in what is traditionally shoulder season.
“The weather in September tends to be warm and sunny — perfect for a couple of days of outdoor music. When you add the music to the chance to visit our galleries, attend workshops and enjoy great homegrown food and drink, you’ve got a memorable weekend. We’ve kept the all-inclusive price affordable and hope that people who enjoy bluegrass and the festival scene will join us with friends and family.”
Tickets for FreshGrass went on sale on Wednesday, April 11, with a two-week “early bird” discounted price on festival passes of just $36. Festival passes for students are just $26. Tickets are available through the festival website (freshgrass.com) and massmoca.org or by calling the Mass MoCA Box office at 413 662 2111.
After April 25, festival passes will cost $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. Festival passes and day passes include gallery admission. Mass MoCA members receive a 10% discount.
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-serve basis. Tickets are available beginnning April 11 through the MASS MoCA Box Office located off Marshall Street in North Adams, open from 11 AM until 5 PM, closed Tuesday. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during Box Office hours or purchased on line at www.massmoca.org.
About Mass MoCA
Mass MoCA, the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the United States, is located off Marshall Street in North Adams on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings. Mass MoCA is an independent 501C3 whose operations and programming are funded through admissions and commercial lease revenue, corporate and foundation grants, and individual philanthropy. Except for an initial construction grant from the Commonwealth, and occasional competitive state and federal grants for specific programs, Mass MoCA is not government-funded.