The BBU is hard at work planning our 33rd Joe Val Festival on Feb 16-18, 2018.  We expect to have another great lineup of bands, as well as all the other great activities (workshops, jamming, vendors, dancing, etc) that has made this festival such a huge success in previous years.  Stay tuned here for more details soon.

The rest of this page describes the great bands that we had at last years’s festival.

See you next year!

  • When: February 16-18, 2018
  • Where: Sheraton Framingham – Framingham, MA

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.

Main Stage Lineup


The bands scheduled for Friday include:

  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
  • Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
  • Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
  • Mile Twelve
  • Berklee All-Stars


The bands scheduled for Saturday include:

  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • The Grascals
  • Flashback
  • Sideline
  • The Lonely Heartstring Band
  • Bill and the Belles
  • The Feinberg Brothers
  • The Korey Brodsky Band


The bands scheduled for Sunday include:

  • Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls of Leicester
  • Blue Highway
  • Danny Paisley &  The Southern Grass
  • The Becky Buller Band
  • The Surly Gentlemen
  • Bluegrass Gospel Project

Showcase Stage Lineup

View Showcase Stage Schedule

Ticket Pricing

Buy Tickets

Adult member weekend – $105
Adult non-member weekend – $115
Student weekend (high school –to college with ID) – $40
Youth weekend (12-15) – $35
Under 12 free.

Day Tickets will Go On Sale January 16, 2017

Friday-only Adult member – $35
Friday-only Adult non-member – $45
Friday-only Student –  $20
Friday-only Youth (12-15)  – $10

Saturday-only Adult member  – $60
Saturday-only Adult non-member – $70
Saturday-only Student – $35
Saturday-only Youth (12-15) – $25

Sunday-only Adult Member – $45
Sunday-only Adult non-member – $55
Sunday-only Student – $25
Sunday-only Youth (12-15) – $20

Under 12 Free

As in the past, we have reserved a limited number of rooms at wonderful nearby hotels

More Info


We host paid Master Class and Fast Track! classes, held during the day on Friday (before the festival begins). We also offer free instrument, vocal, jamming, and music business workshops during the festival.

We will Master Classes for most bluegrass instruments, as well as Fast Track classes to help new players get up to speed quickly.

Master Classes
Fast Track! Beginner Classes
Festival Workshops

Aspiring musicians age 5-17 take instrument workshops from professional musicians Friday evening to Sunday morning, and then perform on the main Stage Sunday at 12pm. A great learning experience for all More info

Other Information

Information will be posted soon about our festival vendors, as well as awards that the BBU will be giving out to selected people who have helped spread the popularity of bluegrass in New England.  Stay tuned.