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FreshGrass Festival 2021

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The crowd dances at FreshGrass, Mass MoCA's annual bluegrass festival in September. Photo courtesy of Mass MoCA
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Fresh Grass 2021
Fresh Grass 2021

Fresh Grass 2021

FreshGrass North Adams Announces Lineup for the 10th Anniversary Bluegrass Festival at Mass MoCA with a FreshGrass lineup including Martha Redbone and Yemi Alade, Third World and Watchhouse, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Aoife O’Donovan, Amethyst Kiah and Felicia Collins, Dispatch (acoustic), Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz, and Bryan Sutton, Sarah Jarosz, Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart with Michael Cleveland and many more.

FreshGrass brings together bluegrass traditionalists and innovators on four stages and platforms throughout the museum’s 16-acre campus. Festival programming also includes FreshGrass commissions and world premieres, FreshScores silent films with original live music, instrument workshops, pop-up performances and local Berkshire food and spirits vendors.

An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival, brimming with bright talent on four stages, and also in our galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy field, produced in partnership by Mass MoCA, the FreshGrass Foundation, and No Depression.

Music starts early in the museum courtyards, moves to the spacious (and grassy) urban concert meadow, and then continues until past bedtime with wild and woolly late-night barn dances in the Hunter Center on Friday and Saturday nights. They will hold all the concerts held rain or shine.

The lineup is filled with banjo gurus, traditionalists, and trailblazers — artists you already know and love interspersed with FreshGrass discoveries. Taken together, it’s an expansive group of performers who both draw on the past and look to the future. “We like to think of it as great music uprooted,” Mass MoCA says.

The FreshGrass Award celebrates new talent, with cash prizes to the contest winners. Finalists in the band, banjo, fiddle, and the No Depression singer-songwriter categories perform for a panel of industry professionals on Saturday and Sunday of the festival, with winners announced on Sunday afternoon.

Open to all festival-goers, the contest showcases the future of bluegrass and roots music when the bands play original and traditional tunes. With prizes totaling $25,000, grand prize winners receive a performance spot at next year’s festival, recording sessions at Compass Records, and handcrafted instruments from festival sponsors.

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September 24
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mass MoCA
1040 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA

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