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Freshgrass Festival Is More Than Bluegrass

This was my second year attending the five-year-old Freshgrass Festival, held annually on the grounds of Mass MoCA in the Berkshires. Everything about this Festival is terrific, from the music to the crowd to the food vendors to the setting. This year, the weather was perfect as well – and included a rainbow that appeared auspiciously during Vieux Farka TourĂ©’s ethereal set.


I was able to see every set because the set times are staggered. I love that I do not have to make choices about which act to see when. Please make sure to look at the gallery of photos at the end of this review.

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A Freshgrass Kind Of Sunday

I was lucky enough to attend both full days (there is a small line-up on Friday evening which I was unable to attend) of the Freshgrass Festival in the Berkshires. Saturday was a long but fabulous day, and Sunday was no less than that.

Martha Redbone and Abigail Washburn back stage - I love their smiles!!!

Martha Redbone and Abigail Washburn back stage – I love their smiles!!!

In fact, I was more excited about Sunday’s line-up. (Click here for my review of Saturday.)

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My First Day at the Freshgrass Festival

Where do I start about a day when I heard thirteen different bands (I know, there were 14 bands that day but I ended up leaving before the headliner started)?


Bubble Time at Joe’s Field!

As I wrote in my initial thoughts on the Freshgrass Festival, this is a well curated festival, featuring bluegrass, newgrass, psychograss, country, and everything in between. Some acts were well-known, such as Sam Bush and The Infamous Stringdusters, while others were not as well-known, like Cricket Tell The Weather and The Deedle Deedle Dees. All have the kind of talent that brought them to New England for a bluegrass festival. Read the rest of this entry

Initial Musings on the Freshgrass Festival

While it’s fresh in my mind, I want to tell you a little bit about the fourth annual Freshgrass Festival, held each September in North Adams, Massachusetts at Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art). I have not had a chance to look at the 1,500 photos I took, so those will follow in my full review.

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