FEST: More Bands Announced for FreshGrass at MASS MoCA

Bela Fleck is headed to FreshGrass

Photograph by Rudy Lu

FreshGrass, the three-day festival of bluegrass and progressive roots music at MASS MoCA in North Adams, has announced a second round of bands for its annual September festival. Celtic-punk rockers Flogging Molly; banjo wizard Béla Fleck; 2014 FreshGrass Band Contest winner Twisted Pine; Malian kora musician Yacouba Sissoko; and such regional bands as Ramblin Jug Stompers, Upstate Rubdown, Nell & Jim Band, Happy & Adam Traum, Double Diamond, Izzy Heltai, Mamma’s Marmalade and Pinedrop.

FreshGrass will take over MASS MoCA’s 28-building, 16-acre campus from Friday-Sunday, September 14-16 with bluegrass traditionalists and innovators on four stages. Previously announced bands for the fest are Americana and folk favorites Indigo Girls, Trampled by Turtles, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Yonder Mountain String Band, Rhiannon Giddens, Steep Canyon Rangers, Alison Brown, Alton, Della Mae, Keith Little & Molly Tuttle, The Mammals, the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, Darol Anger with Emy Phelps, Maeve Gilchrist & Friends, Leyla McCalla, Emel Mathlouthi, the Lonesome Days and Emily Keener.

Advance three-day tickets are now available for $119; FreshPass VIP tickets $350; students $99; kids age 6-16 $46; kids age 5 & under FREE. Single-day tickets may be offered closer to the event.

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