Thursday, January 17, 2008

Joe Val jump-starts Northeast season

Just as RiverCity and Wintergrass brings bluegrass indoors in the soggy Northwest, Joe Val plays a similar role in the snowy Northeast. The 23rd Joe Val Bluegrass Festival is set for President's Day weekend, February 15-17) in Framingham MA, near Boston.

Headliners for the event are The Seldom Scene, Blue Highway and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. Two years ago, Joe Val won the International Bluegrass Music Association's award for best festival. It is produced as a non-profit event by the Boston Bluegrass Union. See here for a past interview with festival organizers.

Other notables on the lineup include Steep Canyon Rangers, Alecia Nugent, Frank Wakefield, and The James King Band. The festival takes place at the Sheraton Framingham. Rooms at the main hotel are booked, but two nearby hotels have availability. Visit the BBU website for details and ticketing information.

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