New Bands Announced for FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA

March 27th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

Hot on the heels of MASS MoCA’s big summer concert announcements, five more new bands have been added to the three-day bluegrass-and-roots music FreshGrass festival that takes over the 16-acre MASS MoCA campus in North Adams on Friday-Sunday, September 18-20.

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The first round of bands for FreashGrass 2015 was announced last month, including the Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas’ Earls of Leicester, Alison Brown Peter Rowan and more.

And now five more bands have been added to the line-up – fest faves the Del McCoury Band (making their third appearance at the fest), rollicking Indiana alt-country rockers Houndmouth (in support of their new album, Little Neon Limelight), Malian singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Vieux Farka Touré, Boston-based trio the Ballroom Thieves and multi-faceted acoustic roots band Cat & the Moon (led by Ricky Mier, who won the Best Banjo Award at last year’s fest).

In addition to concerts, contests, workshops, and the festival’s legendary jam sessions — during which professional musicians pick and play among the crowd, many of whom bring their own instruments — festival events include camping, located a short distance from MASS MoCA’s campus, and children’s programming. Admission to MASS MoCA’s galleries is included with a festival pass, and festival-goers enjoy dozens of pop-up concerts set among dramatically scaled exhibitions of contemporary art.

Advance 3-day adult tickets are now available for $93, with student tickets priced
at $83, $46 for kids 7-16, and free admission for kids age six and under. Single-day tickets may be offered closer to the event, as space allows.

Additional bands will be added to the FreshGrass line-up later this spring…