FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival 2012

September 21- 23, 2012
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Festival passes: $46 adults / $26 students / $16 kids 6-16 / FREE kids under 6
Member tickets are not available via the internet.

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Our second annual FreshGrass Festival turns the whole museum into nothing short of a bluegrass amusement park. Besides a collection of bands and musicians as diverse and exciting as you’ll find anywhere playing on multiple stages outside and in, we’ll 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.

We’re 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 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!




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.

About the Festival
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.

About the Artists
We’re so excited to host the following bluegrass artists this September:

David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
David Grisman Bluegrass Experience is one of the best-kept secrets of the Bay Area music scene. As a mandolinist, singer, and composer, Grisman has always been a pioneer. His music is a combination of hot jazz, bluegrass, and even old world Mediterranean folk. After founding a bluegrass band in 1973 called Old and in the Way with close friend Jerry Garcia (who gave him the nickname “Dawg”), Grisman created DGBX, with help from Keith Little on banjo, Jim Nunally on guitar, Chad Manning on Fiddle, and Samson Grisman on bass. Visit the artist’s website.

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