NORTH ADAMS — Blues-rock singer and guitarist Gary Clark Jr., best known for his fusion of blues, rock and soul, will join Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles, Yola, The Jerry Douglas Band, Aoife O’ Berkshire’s Donovan and Misty Blues at FreshGrass 2022.
The FreshGrass Foundation announced Thursday the first wave of its lineup for the three-day bluegrass and roots festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Lineup also includes Sierra Ferrell, Alison Brown, The Lil Smokies, Sierra Hull, Willie Watson, Luca Ciarla, Never Come Down, California Bluegrass Reunion with Darol Anger, John Reischman, Bill Evans, Jim Nunally, Sharon Gilchrist & Chad Manning, and much more. Other artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We are thrilled with this year’s lineup,” Chris Wadsworth, Producer and Director of the FreshGrass Foundation, said in a press release. “It includes major artists who have never been here before, some old favorites, and plenty of FreshGrass surprises. The commissions are sure to break boundaries for us too.
FreshGrass returns to the Mass MoCA from Sept. 23-25. Tickets are on sale now at freshgrass.com/tickets. Three-day general admission passes are $149, adults; $99, students; $49, ages 7 to 16; free for ages 6 and under. All festival tickets include admission to the Mass MoCA galleries.
Three-day FreshPass VIP tickets are also available for $500. VIP tickets include preferred seated or standing sections on the main stages, access to the FreshPass Lounge (free beer and snacks, phone charging and a selection of festival merchandise), meet and greet opportunities with FreshGrass artists and a curator exclusive- guided tour of the Mass MoCA Galleries.
“FreshGrass is a beloved tradition at the Mass MoCA, with over a decade of music and memories,” Mass MoCA Director Kristy Edmunds said in the statement. “The joy and care that went into creating this festival – from world premieres to development workshops and awards – keep artists and audiences coming back year after year.”
FreshGrass showcases bluegrass traditionalists and innovators on four stages and platforms spread across the museum’s 16-acre campus. The festival lineup also includes FreshScores, a silent film with original live music; FreshGrass orders and world firsts; instrument and industry workshops; pop-up shows and retail; and local Berkshire food and liquor vendors.
Workshops led by bluegrass veterans on the topics of songwriting, production and music marketing will be offered. No Depression, owned by FreshGrass – the quarterly roots music journal and online roots music authority – is setting up an eponymous stage in the festival’s inner courtyard and Compass Records is bringing its pop-up record store back to the center of the festival.
Additionally, FreshGrass nurtures emerging bluegrass talent with its FreshGrass Awards, which awards up to $20,000 in cash prizes and recording time at Compass Records studio in Nashville to unsigned talent. Annual award categories include band, banjo, guitar, and violin. Twelve finalists – three in each category – travel to the festival to perform in front of a panel of No Depression editors and artists.
Finalists will perform throughout the weekend on pop-up stages, and winners in each of the four categories will earn a place on the main stage of the FreshGrass Festival 2023. The FreshGrass Award prizes are funded by the FreshGrass Foundation, whose mission is to promote, produce and create innovative popular music and support emerging artists.
For more information, visit freshgrass.com.