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Monster 50th Annual Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

Bean BlossomJune 2016 is the 50th Annual Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival and it's going to be a monster! The initial line up as of 10/9/15 has Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Seldom Scene, Larry Cordle, Tommy Sells, Ralph Stanley II, Joe Mullins, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Wildwood Valley Boys, Karl Shiflett, Special Consensus, Spinney Brothers, Band of Ruhks, Punches Family, Darrell Webb, Junior Sisk, and Larry Sparks with more bands to come!

Start Planning Now for FreshGrass Festival 2016

FreshGrassNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)’s annual festival of bluegrass and roots music, returns to the museum campus in North Adams, Mass. on September 16-18, 2016. Three-day festival passes are available now at 2014 prices.

41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival

Bean BlossomBean Blossom, IN -- The Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground is proud to announce details for the 41st Annual Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival taking place from September 23-26, 2015. A stellar line-up of bands has been announced and a detailed performance schedule has been posted at One of the highlights of the event will certainly be Raymond Fairchild’s induction into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 26.

FreshGrass Presents FreshScores - Original Music Set to Silent Films

FreshGrass FreshScoresNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, a three-day festival dedicated to preserving, supporting, and creating innovative grassroots music and the artists who make it, begins a new commissioning project with FreshScores: original scores by contemporary artists performed live to classic silent films. Alison Brown, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and 2013 FreshGrass artist Mamie Minch perform four FreshScores on Friday and Saturday of the FreshGrass festival, held on September 18-20, 2015, in North Adams, Mass.

Inaugural Bluegrass at the Beach Festival

Blue HighwayDestin, FL -- From seasoned Bluegrass veteran bands to contemporary twists on Bluegrass sound to sensational rising stars, the inaugural Bluegrass at the Beach produced by Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) will be an art-filled family-friendly musical showcase that appeals to all ages. Presented with support from ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and Real Estate as part of MKAF’s 20th anniversary celebration, the daylong Bluegrass at the Beach music festival will be presented at the Cultural Arts Village — located in the scenic coastal town of Destin on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast — on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

FreshGrass Award Finalists Confirmed

FreshGrassNorth Adams, MA -- Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) FreshGrass celebrates the freshest talent on the bluegrass stage with 19 finalists participating in the 2015 FreshGrass Award Contest. Finalists in the band, duo, banjo, and fiddle categories perform for a panel led by Grammy Award-winner and master banjoist Alison Brown on Saturday and Sunday of the festival, with winners announced on Sunday afternoon. Open for all festival-goers, the contests showcase the future of bluegrass and roots music when the bands play original and traditional tunes. With cash and prizes totaling $25,000, winners receive a performance spot at next year’s festival, recording sessions at Compass Records, and hand-crafted instruments from Deering and Eastman. FreshGrass hosts three days of music, with almost 50 acts taking the stage in North Adams on September 18-20, 2015.

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival Lineup Announced

Gettysburg Bluegrass FestivalGettysburg, PA -- The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival now in it’s 37th year, is widely recognized as one of the world’s premier bluegrass music events. This August marks the 71ST Festival to be held at scenic Granite Hill Camping Resort and will once again showcase four full days of music from the 13th through the 16th. With a combination of legendary performers and variety of hot up-and-comers, over 20 exceptional artists on two stages, the festival lineup is truly world class!

FreshGrass Announces 2015 Workshop Series

FreshGrass Workshop SeriesNorth Adams, MA -- Lively workshops focusing on instruments, bluegrass techniques — and known to break into legendary jam sessions — are a signature feature of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) FreshGrass festival. This year’s workshop lineup is a who’s who of Americana music talent, led by the inimitable finger-picker, Happy Traum; Berklee College of Music’s American Roots Music Program; and Grammy Award-winner Alison Brown. FreshGrass takes place on September 18–20, 2015, and turns all of MASS MoCA into a stage with a bold lineup of top-tier musicians, luthier demonstrations, pop-up concerts, family programming, downtown camping, and the FreshGrass Award — celebrating fresh talent through competitions in band, duo, banjo, and fiddle categories with more than $25,000 in cash and prizes. The 2015 lineup of performers includes Dwight Yoakam, Punch Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan, Greensky Bluegrass, Houndmouth, Alison Brown, Willie Watson, Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin, Peter Rowan, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Mr. Sun, Flatt Lonesome, The Ballroom Thieves, Birds of Chicago, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Twisted Pine, Quiles & Cloud, Cat and The Moon, and a FreshGrass tribute to Johnny Cash.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground 17th Bluegrass Weekend Aug. 28-29

Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverMyrtle Beach, SC -- Ocean Lakes Family Campground will host its 17th Annual Bluegrass Weekend on Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29. The festival is exclusive to guests of the campground. The weekend features activities for all ages, including live music from eight bands, a scavenger hunt, a mini-golf tournament and a golf car poker run. The first concert will begin on Friday at 4 p.m., with back-to-back bands performing until 10 p.m. Saturday's music begins earlier, with the first band performing at 2 p.m. Performances conclude at 9 p.m.

Cherryholmes Reunion at the OBX Bluegrass Island Festival

Cherryholmes ReunionCome on out to the OBX Bluegrass Island Festival this September 23 through the 26th! Cherryholmes has been part of the Festival 4 years running and they look forward to hosting the Jam Village this year with their Big Red Bus. It's going to be good! Joining Cherryholmes will be Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sam Bush, Dailey & Vincent, Mountain Faith and many more of your favorites.

Podunk Bluegrass Songwriters Contest Finalists Announced

Podunk Bluegrass Festival 2015Hebron, CT -- The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival has announced the three finalists for this year’s songwriting competition as part of their 19th Annual festival. They have been invited to perform their song on the Main Stage at the festival on Saturday, August 8th. This year’s competition received entries from as far away as Norway and nine different states including Arizona, California, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana and four New England States.

Summergrass is Only One Month Away

Summergrass 2015Summergrass San Diego is just one month away and happens August 14-15-16, 2015, at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. This unique venue housed within San Diego County harks back to the 19th and 20th century farm days and is just brimming with rural farm nostalgia from that era. It's like going back to "The Farm", with steam and gas engines chugging away on historic tractors and farm equipment along with other relics, such as the Weaver's Barn, the Farmhouse, the Schoolhouse, the 1930's gas station replica (posted price "32 cents a gallon"), a model railroad, the Blacksmith shop and lots and lots of farm machinery to delight young and old. We think it's the perfect place to come on down to "The Farm" and step back, relax and enjoy Summergrass!

Experience Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival June 17-21

Blistered FingersGet Calluses, Get Blistered at the 44th Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Music Festival held June 17 through 20 at the Litchfield Fairgrounds in Litchfield, Maine. Some of the greatest Bluegrass music can be heard at one of the largest family musical events in New England. Blistered Fingers is a fast- moving traditional Bluegrass Band from the central Maine area that travels extensively around the northeast and eastern Canada.

FreshGrass Lineup Adds More Bluegrass Artists

Greensky BluegrassNorth Adams, MA -- Festival veterans Greensky Bluegrass; Willie Watson, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show; soulful Birds of Chicago; and The Man in Grass, an all-star tribute to Johnny Cash join FreshGrass — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) 3-day bluegrass and roots music festival. These acts join the chorus of stand-out Americana music slated for the annual September festival, including the Del McCoury Band, the Punch Brothers, a late-night hoedown by Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, Houndmouth, festival favorite Alison Brown, Vieux Farka Touré , Peter Rowan, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Flatt Lonesome, The Ballroom Thieves, Darol Anger’s Mr. Sun, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, 2014 FreshGrass Award winners Twisted Pine, Quiles & Cloud, and Cat and Moon. FreshGrass, to be held on September 18-20, 2015, features bluegrass traditionalists and trailblazers on four stages and throughout every nook and cranny of MASS MoCA’s revitalized industrial, art-infused campus.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen to Headline Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Photo by Joe ShymanskiThe Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival will be returning to the Hatteras Village Civic Center on October 8th, featuring last year’s crowd favorites, Mama Corn and Chad Darou and Stealin’ Time, and some new national acts that dyed in the wool bluegrass music fans are sure to appreciate. “I’m so excited that Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen will be headlining for us on Saturday. Solivan and his group won the IBMA Instrumental Band Award last year, so that’s pretty cool. Molasses Creek is coming over from Ocracoke to join us on Friday, and Hickory Project will be here for the whole weekend, so there’s going to be a little something different each day for our audience,” said Pete Pappalardo, the event coordinator.


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