LIVE: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, 9/15/17 (Day One)

September 19th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth

Photographs by Anthony Tassarotti

There was a great batch of music lined-up up to kick off the seventh annual FreshGrass festival last weekend. Railroad Earth, the Brothers Comatose, the Lil Smokies, the Last Revel and the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow each grabbed their moment in the spotlight at the various stages – both indoors and out at MASS MoCA’s sprawling North Adams campus – to live up to the fest’s slogan, “Great Music Uprooted.”

But it was the fest’s opener – the mega-taltented, multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Sarah Jarosz – who may have arguably been the highlight of the Day One festivities, as she launched into the world premiere of “Blue Heron Suite,” a new song cycle comissioned by FreshGrass and inspired by the symbol of peace, patience and strength that the Great Blue Heron has represented to Jarosz and her family during their travels to the Texas coast.

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Jarosz was simply sublime as she accompanied her vocals on octave mandolin and guitar, along with Jeff Picker on bass and Anthony da Costa on electric guitar and harmony vocals.

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UPCOMING: Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth is headed into Greater Nippertown at 9pm on Friday, October 6 at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth

Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth

Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth

The Comotose Brothers

The Brothers Comotose

The Last Revel

The Last Revel

Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz