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31st Joe Val Festival February 12-14

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Joe Val Bluegrass FestivalJoin the Boston Bluegrass Union and celebrate the legacy of the late Joe Val with three big days of indoor bluegrass at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel. The BBU has a great lineup of national and regional talent, expanded workshops, Kid’s Academy, music vendors, and round-the-clock jamming. Our 2006 event won the coveted “Event of the Year” award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

A unique, all-encompassing experience for music lovers of all ages – set to a rollicking, first-rate soundtrack – New England’s premier roots music festival, the 31st Annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, presented by the Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU), will take place over Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 12-14, 2016, at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham, MA. Year after year, this nationally acclaimed celebration of bluegrass music continues to win new converts while delighting seasoned veterans.

Performers for the 31st annual bluegrass festival include The Gibson Brothers, Traveling McCoury's, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Sister Sadie, The Spinney Brothers, David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition, Foghorn Stringband, Special Consensus, Steve Gully and New Pinnacle, Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys, The Reunion Band, Mile Twelve, ...and more!

The region’s top wintertime roots music festival features three days of national and regional artists on the Main Stage, the next generation of rising stars on the Showcase Stage, and an extensive lineup of educational programs including Master Classes, Workshops, instructor-led Jam Sessions, and the renowned Joe Val Bluegrass Academy for Kids. The Festival features all this, plus instrument vendors, luthiers, and of course, picking around the clock.

Dedicated to preserving the past and nurturing the future, the Boston Bluegrass Union continues its commitment to education with daylong Master Classes kicking off the festival on Friday. During the weekend, over fifty Workshops and Directed Jams for festival patrons of all ages will examine the instrumental and vocal techniques unique to bluegrass, the music’s history and culture. The BBU helps train the next generation of musicians with the Joe Val Bluegrass Academy for Kids 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.

Established in 1985, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival celebrates the legacy of the late Joe Val, a pioneering Massachusetts-based vocalist, musician, and bandleader, whose riveting performances, recordings, and generous nature did so 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 most celebrated bluegrass events in the country. In 2006, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival won the prestigious Event of the Year award from the IBMA. And in 2012, the festival was listed by USA TODAY as one of the Ten Great Places to Go to Bluegrass Festivals.

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), the Double Tree Hilton (800-222-Tree) and the Natick Courtyard Marriott (508-655-6100). Weekend tickets are now on sale and single day tickets will go on sale beginning January 15th. Note Saturday tickets will be in short supply so we strongly encourage early weekend ticket purchases. The festival has sold out in past years. Visit http://www.bbu.org/events/joe-val-festival/ for all updates, tickets and additional information.

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