Festival Fever: FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, 9/24-25/11

It might seem a bit odd to find one of the nation’s finest contemporary art museums hosting a bluegrass music festival. But MASS MoCA is certainly no ordinary museum, and they’ve certainly proven their festival savvy by presenting two sparkling editions of Wilco’s fab Solid Sound Music Festival.

This weekend the North Adams museum is celebrating bluegrass music with the two-day FreshGrass : A Festival of Bluegrass & Art, featuring such headlining bands as the Yonder Mountain String Band, the Infamous Stringdusters and the bluegrass master Del McCoury (just four days before he’s inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame).

Like Solid Sound, the performances will be held at a variety of locations across the museum’s campus, beginning with the museum’s new outdoor Speed Way, which will also celebrate its grand opening at 6pm Saturday with an acoustic performance by Dave Mayfield. From there, the fest moves to Courtyard C for Sarah Jarosz and then indoors to the Hunter Center for the remainder of the Saturday performances.

On Sunday, the majority of the FreshGrass performances are slated to take place outdoors in Courtyard C, although Nippertown’s own Ramblin Jug Stompers will perform in one of the indoor galleries at 12:30pm. Of course, in the event of rain, the performances will all move indoors.

Two-day all-fest tix are $68. And single-day tix are also available – $38 for Saturday only and $48 for Sunday only.

Here’s the schedule of performances for the inaugural FreshGrass fest this weekend:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
6pm: David Mayfield (The Speed Way)
6:30pm: Sarah Jarosz (Courtyard C)
8pm: The Hackensaw Boys (Hunter Center)
9:30pm: The Infamous Stringdusters (Hunter Center)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
11am: Aoife O’Donovan of Crooked Still (Courtyard C)
12:30pm: Ramblin Jug Stompers (Galleries)
2pm: David Mayfield (Courtyard C)
3:30pm: Del McCoury Band (Courtyard C)
5pm: Yonder Mountain String Band (Courtyard C)

MORE FESTIVALS ON THE 2011 CALENDAR:

PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany, September 24, FREE
Hippiefest @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, October 13

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