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Joe Val Bluegrass FestivalThe Boston Bluegrass Union which holds the annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival is holding a contest to design the artwork for the T-Shirts for the 27 event to be held February 17-19, 2012. The winner receives $150, a free weekend ticket to the festival, festival t-shirt with graphic, and recognition in the program book and elsewhere. Deadline is October 31, 2011.

Established in 1985, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival honors the legacy of the late Joe Val, a pioneering vocalist, musician, and bandleader whose riveting performances and generous nature did much to spread the popularity of bluegrass in the Northeast. From its humble beginnings as a local tribute to Joe and the regional bluegrass scene, the festival has grown to become one of the premier bluegrass events in the country. In 2006, the 21st Joe Val Bluegrass Festival won the prestigious Event of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Dedicated to preserving the past and nurturing the future, the Boston Bluegrass Union will continue their commitment to education with daylong Master Classes kicking off the festival on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be over forty Workshops for festival patrons of all ages that examine the instrumental and vocal techniques unique to bluegrass, as well as the music's history and culture. The BBU's Joe Val Academy for Kids enters its seventh year, presenting a free, intensive three-day program that teaches children (ages 5 - 17) how to play, sing, and perform bluegrass music. Visit the festival website for further details on the extensive education offerings, schedules and registration details.

The Sheraton Framingham is located just 18 miles west of Boston, directly adjacent to the Mass Pike (Rt. 90, Exit 12) and Rt. 9. At this time, all hotel rooms are sold out at the Sheraton, but rooms are available nearby at the Marriott Residence Inn (508-370-0001) and the Natick Courtyard Marriott (508-655-6100). We strongly encourage early ticket purchases, as the festival has sold out in past years. The Boston Bluegrass Union is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all volunteer organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting this original American music genre. Celebrating our 34th season, the BBU is the premier source for events, education, and information on bluegrass music in the Northeast. Visit www.bbu.org for festival details, including Main Stage and Workshop schedules, artist biographies, and more.

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