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2014 FreshGrass Award Finalists Announced

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Berklee Roots RoadshowThe 2014 FreshGrass award finalists are now confirmed. You'll be able to hear all fifteen of these acts at pop-up performances during the festival, so keep an eye and ear out as you explore. Our contest events on Saturday and Sunday mornings are open to everyone, so come down and cheer on your favorite musicians.

The FreshGrass Award celebrates and rewards fresh takes on the tradition of bluegrass music. During the festival, while the grassy main stage is bustling with headliners, the country’s finest young artists all converge on our indoor theater as they vie for first place in three categories: Best Band, Best Duo, and Best Banjoist. With prizes summing over $15,000, the FreshGrass Award is proud to be the most ambitious contest of its kind in bluegrass today. - See more at:

This year’s Banjo MegaJam is led by Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso Alison Brown. With a deep lineup of FreshGrass artists on campus, you never know who will show up to share secrets of bluegrass’ most storied instrument. You can expect more than one rollicking jam session to take place during the FreshGrass workshops.

The FreshGrass Fiddle Summit brings students together with the pros for an educational session with a feverish finale. If you play, bring your instrument — we'll be picking all weekend.

In the meantime, check out the contestants – you are in for a treat!

Band Finalists:

  • Eastbound Jesus
  • Many Nights Ahead
  • Pert Near Sandstone
  • The Sons of Bluegrass
  • Twisted Pine

Duo Finalists:

  • Quiles & Cloud
  • Molly Tuttle & John Mailander
  • No Bones About it
  • Tatiana Hargreaves & Ethan Jodziewicz
  • Chris Coole & Ivan Rosenberg

Banjo Finalists:

  • Jordan Alleman
  • Douglas Jay Goldstein
  • Ricky Mier
  • Gabe Hirschfeld
  • Walker Turner

The American Roots Program at Berklee College of Music imparts its knowledge of bluegrass music — including its rich history and impact on the current musical landscape — at our FreshGrass workshops, demonstrating fundamentals and sharing secrets of the craft. Berklee professors talk technique, style, and improv, educate you on the growth of roots music throughout the years, and shed insight into life as a full-time picker.

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