For Immediate Release
13 August 2014
Contact: Jodi Joseph
Director of Communications
Punch Brothers headline Friday night, Dwight Yoakam on Saturday night, and the Del McCoury Band rounds out the bluegrass festival on Sunday evening
NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS – FreshGrass celebrates three days of music across all spheres of the bluegrass and roots world when more than 30 musicians take the stage in North Adams on September 18-20, 2015. MASS MoCA’s annual festival releases its day-by-day schedule and single-day tickets for the three-day event, in addition to its weekend passes.
FreshGrass gates open at 5pm on Friday, September 18, with 2014 FreshGrass Band Award winner Twisted Pine, Flatt Lonesome, and headliner Punch Brothers, and the show rocks into the night with Houndmouth. Friday passes are $38 in advance, $42 day-of, $28 for students, and $20 for children 7 to 16.
On Saturday, September 19, gates open at 10:30am, and the day features bands from Berklee College of Music’s American Roots Music Program, Cat and the Moon, Quiles & Cloud, Birds of Chicago, Ballroom Thieves, Mr. Sun, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Vieux Farka Touré and Julia Easterlin, Alison Brown, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan, and country-music star Dwight Yoakam, and keeps jamming into the night with Leftover Salmon. Saturday passes are $52 in advance, $56 day-of, $40 for students, and $28 for children 7 to 16.
It’s another full day of music when gates open at 10:30am on Sunday, September 20, with The Man in Grass – A Tribute to Johnny Cash, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Peter Rowan, Willie Watson, Greensky Bluegrass, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, and The Del McCoury Band. Sunday passes are $46 in advance, $50 day-of, $36 for students, and $24 for children 7 to 16.
In addition to the music happening across three stages and two courtyards and through galleries, FreshGrass offers a hearty lineup of instrument workshops, luthiers, family programming, downtown camping, late-night dance parties, legendary jam sessions, and the FreshGrass Award — celebrating fresh talent through competitions in band, duo, banjo, and fiddle categories with more than $25,000 in cash and prizes. Award finalists perform on Saturday and Sunday for a panel of industry professionals led by Grammy Award-winner and FreshGrass partner Alison Brown. Award winners are crowned on Sunday and all contest performances are open to the festival audience. Admission to MASS MoCA’s galleries — where festival-goers find concerts set amidst dramatically scaled exhibitions of contemporary art such as Jim Shaw’s Entertaining Doubts — is included in the price of festival admission.
FreshGrass, to be held on September 18–20, 2015, at MASS MoCA, continues to be one of the best values on the festival circuit. Three-day festival passes are available for $99 for adults, $115 day-of, $89 for students, and $46 for children 7 to 16. Friday passes are $38 in advance, $42 day-of, $28 for students, and $20 for children 7 to 16. Saturday passes are $52 in advance, $56 day-of, $40 for students, and $28 for children 7 to 16. Sunday passes are $46 in advance, $50 day-of, $36 for students, and $24 for children 7 to 16. Available for $300, FreshPass is a deluxe festival experience offering preferred seating at all stages, meet-and-greet opportunities with FreshGrass artists, access to the FreshPass lounge, and locally sourced snacks and beer. Children 6 and under are admitted for free. Museum members receive a 10% discount on the regular ticket prices. Museum admission is included in the price of the festival pass. The festival will be held rain or shine.
Sponsorship and Partners
FreshGrass is sponsored by No Depression, Compass Records, the American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music, Deering Banjo Company, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, Eastman Guitars, Stop & Shop, Chronogram, D’Addario, the Porches Inn, Berkshire Magazine, WKZE, the Fretboard Journal, and Take Magazine. Additional support is by Berkshire Gas as part of its music series at MASS MoCA.
About MASS MoCA
MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest (and largest) centers for making and enjoying today’s most important art, music, dance, theater, film, and video. Hundreds of works of visual and performing art have been created on its 19th-century factory campus during fabrication and rehearsal residencies, making MASS MoCA among the most productive sites in the country for the creation and presentation of new art. More platform than box, MASS MoCA strives to bring to its audiences art experiences that are fresh, engaging, and transformative.
Through September 7, MASS MoCA’s galleries are open 10am to 6pm every day, with extended evening hours to 7pm on Thursdays through Saturdays, when performing arts events are often featured. Gallery admission is $18 for adults, $16 for veterans and seniors, $12 for students, $8 for children 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under. Members are admitted free year-round. Beginning September 8, MASS MoCA’s galleries are open 11am to 5pm every day except Tuesdays. The museum is closed on Tuesday, September 8. For additional information, call 413.662.2111 x1 or visit massmoca.org.