North Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music, offers a comprehensive series of workshops by performers, educators, and industry-insiders. The 2014 FreshGrass festival rolls out its new series of unrivaled workshops by performers, educators, and industry insiders. Learn the tricks of the picking trade from the best in bluegrass music, such as Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso Alison Brown of Compass Records, Fretboard Journal, North Adams-based Sauvé Guitars, and the leading online community in roots music, No Depression. Best of all, workshops are free with FreshGrass festival pass tickets.
Berklee College of Music's American Roots Music Program leads this year's workshop series with a host of ways to fine-tune your fiddling skills, better grasp bluegrass techniques, and understand the inner workings of songwriting, producing, and selling music as a new or experienced band member.
Workshop highlights include a Banjo MegaJam, during which special guest artists — such as Grammy Award-winner Alison Brown — share their secrets of bluegrass’s most storied instrument, and a luthier demonstration led by artisans keen on the craftsmanship of your favorite string implements. Fiddle with FreshGrass favorites, practice new methods with mandolin mavens, improve on your improv skills, and learn about the rich history of roots music and what life is like as a bluegrass band on the road.
Last chance for early bird tix! FreshGrass 3-day early-bird festival passes are still available at a discounted rate, but get 'em now before early-bird tickets sell out in June!