Note: The 2017 Joe Val Master Classes have been announced.   Please visit the Master Class page for a list of all these great classes!

We are finalizing the lineup for Joe Val 2017 as we speak!  But, will have another killer group of bands this year, including:

  • The Earls of Leicester
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • The Grascals
  • Blue Highway
  • Danny Paisley & Southern Grass (IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year!)
  • Becky Buller Band (IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year!)
  • Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers
  • Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
  • Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
  • ‘The Surly Gentlemen
  • Bluegrass Gospel Project
  • Flashback Band
  • Sideline
  • Lonely Heartstring Band
  • Bill and the Belles
  • Gather Rounders
  • Berklee All-stars
  • …and more to come!….
  • When: February 17-19, 2017
  • 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 (Other band pictures are coming soon...)


The tentative schedule for Friday includes:

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


The tentative schedule for Saturday includes:

  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • The Grascals
  • Sideline
  • Gather Rounders
  • Lonely Heartstring Band
  • Flashback Band
  • Bill and the Belles


The tentative schedule for Sunday includes:

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

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 15, 2016

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

Joe Val Hotel Update:   We will open up sales on Tuesday, November 15 2016 at 7pm EST.  Note that the hotel sells out in a matter of minutes.  The Sheraton is now sold out.

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.