NORTH ADAMS -- FreshGrass, Mass MoCA's three-day fall festival of bluegrass and roots music, has expanded its 2013 lineup. Devil Makes Three, Sam Bush, The Deadly Gentlemen, Sarah Jarosz, Greensky Bluegrass and Sam Bush appear on Mass MoCA's stages on the weekend of Sept. 20.
Devil Makes Three's late-night barn dance was a FreshGrass 2012 highlight. The trio, whom flavorpill.com calls "a rare breed: wild traditionalists," describes their music as "country-bluegrass swing with a raucous punk spirit." The band plays on this year's mainstage in Mass MoCA's urban concert meadow. Devil Makes Three's move to the FreshGrass mainstage leaves The Deadly Gentlemen to liven up the late-night barn-dance crowd with its brand of "playfully irreverent, vibrantly rootsy songcraft." Expect a party when this Boston-based band takes the stage.
Multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush is expanding horizons in bluegrass and picking up every award and accolade along that journey, including a Grammy Award and lifetime achievement award from the American Music Association. He holds court on the mainstage Sunday afternoon with his spectacular "Newgrass" sound.
Greensky Bluegrass has been on a tear, impressing audiences on a recent cross-country tour, and the band isn't slowing down any for FreshGrass.
Sarah Jarosz will kick off the festival on Friday night. This marks the multi-instrumentalist's second appearance at the bluegrass and roots music festival. At just 22 years old, Jarosz has built an impeccable reputation with her first two records, "Song Up In Her Head" and "Follow Me Down," each earning Grammy and Americana Music Association nominations. She has been called "a songwriter of uncommon wisdom" by the Austin Chronicle. Jarosz was a fan favorite for her resonant performance at the inaugural FreshGrass festival in 2011.
"We love to present newcomers on stage with renowned players such as Sam Bush and bands like Devil Makes Three, Deadly Gentlemen and Greensky - who are all clearly expanding the genre," said Chris Wadsworth, whose Manitou Media is a co-producer of the event. "Sarah Jarosz is a prime example of the bright young talent we strive to bring to FreshGrass. She knocked us out her first time here."
Three-day festival passes are $78 for adults, $68 for students, $38 for kids 7-16, and free for children 6 and under. Museum members receive a 10-percent discount Tickets are available at freshgrass.com or by calling 413-662-2111 ext 1.