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Boston Bluegrass Union Announces 2013 Heritage Award Winners

Betsy SigginsBoston, MA -- The Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2013 BBU Heritage Awards. The awards are presented each year by the BBU to honor artists and those working behind the scenes that have made substantial contributions to furthering bluegrass in New England. The awards will be presented during the 28th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Presidents Day Weekend, February 15-17, 2013, at the Sheraton Framingham, Framingham, MA.

28th Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Feb. 15 - 17

Seldom SceneBoston, MA -- Bluegrass is a music with innovation woven into its very fabric: It’s founding generation drew proudly from traditional songs, ballads, and fiddle tunes, while enlivening them with daring instrumental techniques (Earl Scruggs’ pioneering three-finger banjo roll), new rhythmic foundations (including jazz and blues influences), and haunting high, lonesome harmonies. The 28th Joe Val Bluegrass Festival — presented by the Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) on Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 15-17, 2013, at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham, MA — is a celebration of bluegrass’s inspired blending of past and future.

Boston Bluegrass Union 1st Annual Jam'n Weekend- November 16-18

BBU JamThe Boston Bluegrass Union is pleased to present the 1st Annual Jam’n Weekend November 16-18, 2012 at the historic Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. Jam all weekend long or attend instructor-led jams and free workshops (with your paid registration). The Jam'n Weekend will be dedicated to bluegrass music!

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Along with Chasing Blue, Lexington, MA April 28th

Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverBoston, MA -- The Boston Bluegrass Union's 37th concert season concludes on Saturday, April 28th with a rare Boston-area appearance from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA. One of the pioneering architects of contemporary bluegrass music, mandolinist and vocalist Doyle Lawson has helmed Quicksilver for over 30 years, creating a body of work that is unrivaled in its masterful blend of tradition, innovation, and vocal and instrumental precision.

Boston Bluegrass Union Announces 2012 Heritage Award Winners

Boston Bluegrass UnionBoston, MA -- The Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 BBU Heritage Awards. The awards are presented each year by the BBU to honor those who have made substantial contributions to furthering bluegrass music in New England. The awards will be presented during the 27th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Presidents Day Weekend, February 17-19, 2012, at the Sheraton Framingham, Framingham, MA.

Joe Val Festival Celebrating 27 Years of Bluegrass Past, Present, and Future

27th Joe Val FestivalBoston, MA -- In 1962, New England musicians Jim Rooney (then a graduate student at Harvard University) and Bill Keith (stationed at the Boston Army Base) began performing regularly at Club 47 – now Passim. Rooney was the congenial frontman and vocalist, while Keith was a dedicated student of Earl Scruggs's banjo style. Their live performances, coupled with the release of their classic 1963 album Livin' on the Mountain, not only galvanized the nascent New England bluegrass scene – it also revolutionized bluegrass on an international scale, as word spread rapidly of Keith's remarkable new melodic banjo technique. Keith demonstrated this breakthrough – which enabled banjo players to play fiddle tunes note-fornote and subsequently inspired such groundbreaking pioneers as Tony Trischka and Béla Fleck – more widely the following year, when he hit the road as banjoist with Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music.

BBU Concert Featuring Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out on January 1

Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme OutThe Boston Bluegrass Union's (BBU) 37th concert season continues on Saturday, January 14th with Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA. We're huge fans of this band and it should be a great, great show.

Joe Val Bluegrass Music Festival, February 17-19, Selling Fast

27th Joe Val FestivalBoston, MA -- In 1962, New England musicians Jim Rooney (then a graduate student at Harvard University) and Bill Keith (stationed at the Boston Army Base) began performing regularly at Club 47 - now Passim. Rooney was the congenial frontman and vocalist, while Keith was a dedicated student of Earl Scruggs's banjo style. Their live performances, coupled with the release of their classic 1963 album Livin' on the Mountain, not only galvanized the nascent New England bluegrass scene - it also revolutionized bluegrass on an international scale, as word spread rapidly of Keith's remarkable new melodic banjo technique. Keith demonstrated this breakthrough - which enabled banjo players to play fiddle tunes note-for-note and subsequently inspired such groundbreaking pioneers as Tony Trischka and Béla Fleck - more widely the following year, when he hit the road as featured banjoist with Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music.

Boston Bluegrass Union Hosting Laurie Lewis and Della Mae in Concert

Della MaeBoston, MA -- The Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) is kicking off their 37th concert season in fine style on Saturday, November 19th with Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands along with Della Mae at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington MA. This should be a super show and we hope you can assist with getting the word out.

Boston Bluegrass Union Joe Val T-Shirt Art Contest

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.

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