FreshGrass volume 3 is off and running with an exceptional lineup already announced (and more to come!), this brand spankin’ new website, and our first event to happen outside the festival: Old Crow Medicine Show in the Hunter Center on Tuesday, May 28. People, mark this date in history. What the devil are we talking about? We’re talking about FreshGrass busting out. About us slipping the confines of the yearly festival with a shake a shimmy to grow into something—many things—bigger, better, and entirely grassier. Still a great annual festival celebrating traditional and cutting edge bluegrass music? Of course. A promoter of fantastic bluegrass and other roots music shows at MASS MoCA and elsewhere? Yep. An online community for bluegrass enthusiasts everywhere? That too. An archive of bluegrass ephemera unlike anything that exists anywhere? Stay tuned. A record label? Maybe someday. A line of custom made instruments? Hmmm… A state of mind? Absolutely.
Old Crow Medicine Show’s concert in the Hunter Center is our first foray into this brave new world. The band embodies so much of what FreshGrass is about: classic and trailblazing, reverent of tradition while carrying the music on to new horizons. Join us there and join us at the festival in September—and come back and see what’s happening at FreshGrass.com, we’ll be updating it often. Welcome to the new FreshGrass!