Far and away the major winter bluegrass event in this part of the country, and maybe in the whole country (as Alex MacLeod of Rock Hearts corrected on the show back on the 26th), it’s time again for The Joe Val Festival this weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 15-16-17Feb, at the Sheraton Framingham.
From the Boston Bluegrass Union’s Joe Val page:
Join the Boston Bluegrass Union and celebrate the legacy of the late Joe Val with three big days of indoor bluegrass at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel.
We have a great lineup of national and regional talent, expanded workshops, Kid’s Academy, music vendors, and round-the-clock jamming. Our 2006 event won the coveted “Event of the Year” award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
the lineup of bands that will appear on the Main Stage:
- The Gibson Brothers
- The Seldom Scene
- Sister Sadie
- Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
- Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
- Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
- Appalachian Road Show
- Tony Trischka with Michael Daves and special guest Kenny Kosek
- The Lonely Heartstring Band
- Shawn Lane & Richard Bennett
- High Fidelity
- Jesse Brock presents Mainline Express
- Carolina Blue
- Southern Rail
- The Feinberg Brothers
- Level Best
- Rock Hearts
- Berklee All-Stars
Go to the Festival page for capsule descriptions of the bands and links to their websites, plus the schedules for the Main Stage, and for the Showcase Stage for regional up-and-comers (and stalwarts).
One band that I hadn’t heard of was Level Best, and there is not yet a link to their website—but, it turns out they have one, HERE. They’re an aggregation of veterans from up and down the East coast, including an old friend, James Field, a former Charles River Valley Boy. Has he moved back from France? We’ll find out Friday evening, when Level Best makes their debut at 7:15 PM.
Two of the members are touring with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike, who will be playing the Joe Val Wind-up Hoe-down, the post-festival dance, along with a group called Mamma’s Boys (four-fifths of Mamma’s Marmalade), both bluegrass outfits, so no old-timey and swing this year. But still bound to be fun. /CL