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Tornado Musical

Tornado Musical is a Latin Music Band made up of 6 members from 2 different Latin American countries: Mexico and Guatemala. These talented artists came together with one common goal, to be able to share with the world how wonderful Latin rhythms are in Spanish! In February 2022, near North Plain Rd. in the town … Continued

The Mountain Grass Unit

Get ready for one heckuva Saturday night jam at FreshGrass | North Adams! The Mountain Grass Unit consists of three Birmingham pickers, Drury Anderson (mandolin and vocals), Luke Black (acoustic guitar and banjo), and Sam Wilson (upright bass). The Mountain Grass Unit has played music festivals, private functions and multiple music venues, playing bluegrass tunes … Continued

Kaia Kater

Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian Kaia Kater’s jazz-fueled voice and deft songcraft have garnered acclaim from NPR‘s Tiny Desk, The Guardian, Rolling Stone and No Depression. Through her artful banjo playing and lush songwriting, Kaia draws on influences rooted in Quebec, the Caribbean, and Appalachia, all of which reflect the diversity of her background; her family’s deep ties to the Canadian folk music scene; … Continued

The Wildmans (2022 Band Award Winner)

As part of winning the 2022 FreshGrass Band Award, we’re so excited to welcome back The Wildmans – and this time to the Joe’s Field stage! The Wildmans come from the hills of Floyd, Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian mountain music tradition. From campsite jamming at festivals and fiddler’s conventions and a college … Continued

Jesse Ahern

Jesse Ahern’s tunes hold high the clenched fists of the working class. Ahern has spent the last few years touring the world, sharing stages with Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Chuck Ragan, Frank Turner, and Jaime Wyatt. With the release of Roots Rock Rebel, Ahern will travel many more miles around the globe, converting more first-time crowds … Continued

Hank Wonder

Somewhere on the musical map, where the twang of Classic Country meets the grit of Southern Soul, Hank Wonder marks a detour down a sonic stretch of unpaved road. Together since 2013, the Boston-based trio of Annie Bartlett (fiddle and viola), Darren Buck (vocals), and Michael Loria (guitar) continue to craft a soulful blend of … Continued

The Sensational Barnes Brothers

The Sensational Barnes Brothers are a melting pot of the old and the new. As Pop Matters states, “The brothers run through a spectrum of moods and modes in their gospel soul, often bridging the gap between, say, the Soul Stirrers and Stax, all the while keeping a local flavor.” The brothers are able to … Continued


We enjoyed them so much in 2019, we had to bring them back to North Adams! Hanggai has astonished audiences for years, fusing traditional Mongolian folk music to western rock. In 2008, Hanggai released their first album, Introducing Hanggai, which garnered glowing praise internationally. From 2009 onwards, Hanggai played some of the best international festivals … Continued

Locals Spotlight Performances

Hand-picked by Arkansas’ own Willi Carlisle, experience the magic of local talent with Arkansas’ very own Brett Ratliff, Kalyn Fay, and Aaron Smith in captivating performances in the Tulip Barn! Prepare to be mesmerized as these exceptional artists take the stage, showcasing their incredible skills and heartfelt performances. Brett Ratliff’s soulful melodies and multi-instrumental songs … Continued

Instrumental Workshops

Advance your instrumental skills in guitar, fiddle, and banjo at this year’s FreshGrass | Bentonville! We’re bringing in some of the best teachers in the region to provide expert instruction so you can take your skills to the next level. Bring your instrument and join us! Workshops will be offered on Saturday May 20 as … Continued

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