FreshGrass is back this year in September and has announced a great lineup for the 10th Anniversary Bluegrass Festival.

Coming to MASS MoCA, for the three-day festival, September 24-26, 2021 are Dispatch (acoustic), Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart featuring Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz, and Bryan Sutton, Watchhouse, Sarah Jarosz, and many more!

FreshGrass features bluegrass traditionalists and innovators on four stages and platforms throughout the museum’s 16-acre campus. Festival programming also includes FreshScores, a silent film with original live music; FreshGrass commissions and world premieres; instrument and industry workshops; pop-up performances and retail; and local Berkshire food and spirits vendors.

FreshGrass continues its FreshGrass Awards, which grant up to $25,000 in cash prizes and recording time at Compass Records studio in Nashville to unsigned talent. The annual award categories include band, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. Fifteen finalists – three in each category – travel to the festival to perform for a panel of No Depression editors and artists.

Finalists will perform throughout the weekend on pop-up stages and award winners in each of the four categories will earn a mainstage slot at the 2022 FreshGrass Festival. The FreshGrass Award prizes are funded by the FreshGrass Foundation, whose mission is to promote, produce, and create innovative grassroots music and support emerging artists.

The FreshGrass Foundation is dedicated to creating and celebrating innovative grassroots music. It is their belief that the simple acts of making and sharing authentic creations are among the most effective ways to spread joy and love, to improve lives and communities, and to make a profoundly positive impact on the world

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