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Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Feb. 12 - 14. Framingham, MA

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Joe Val Bluegrass FestivalBoston, MA -- The Boston Bluegrass Union writes, "We're entering the homestretch ahead of next week's 31st Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, February 12 - 14, at the Sheraton Framingham. Everyone at the BBU and the Sheraton are making every effort to ensure you have a wonderful weekend. It looks to be a mighty fine time, with great lineups on the Main and Showcase stages, Master Classes, Workshops, Kids Academy, Vendors and much more."

IBMA Hall of Fame member and the main man in bluegrass, Del McCoury returns to Joe Val. The Del McCoury Band will close out the Sunday portion of Joe Val. Del and his band will share the stage with 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.

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.

Master Classes, Fast Track and Kids Academy - we still have space in all these fine education programs. Check http://www.bbu.org/events/joe-val-festival/ for expanded details and registration. We like to think we're training the next generation of pickers with the JV Kids Academy. Please pass along the info on this program if you know of a child who wants to advance his or her musical skills. We provide a full weekend of interaction and training that closes with a Sunday performance on the Main Stage.

Hotel rooms - Rooms at the Sheraton are long gone, but we have spaces still available at area hotels. Again, check the festival website for details.

Tickets - Weekend and single day tickets are available for purchase online. Get your tickets in advance of the big weekend. You'll save some $ and time when you arrive at the Sheraton. And a reminder that all festival activities are ticketed events. So do yourself a favor and visit http://www.bbu.org/events/joe-val-festival/buy-tickets/

Weather - At this point last year, we had piles of snow and more on the way. Right now, the long range weather report looks pretty good. I've got my fingers crossed.

Main Stage, Showcase Stage, Workshop Schedules - we're finalizing the schedules and hope to have them posted by this weekend. Lots of moving parts, and attempts at scheduling over fifty workshops is pretty daunting work. We appreciate your patience here.

Bluegrass Trivia and band videos - I'll continue to feature trivia from Bill Nowlin's Rounder Bluegrass Trivia book as well as historic photos, videos, and ephemera on the BBU and Joe Val Facebook pages. Visit https://www.facebook.com/BostonBluegrassUnion/ Stay on tip of things by liking the page. Check back frequently as I'll also post any late breaking news there. in fact, I just posted a highlight video from last year's Joe Val.

Joe Val is always a favorite event to warm you up and kick off the new year. 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.

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