Escape the Winter

...with 3 days of hot bluegrass
(photo by Darwin Davidson)

... performing on two stages
(photo by Darwin Davidson)

The Best National and Regional Bands

... something for everyone
(photo by Darwin Davidson)

Traditional and Progressive Bluegrass

...on every instrument
(photo by Marla Singleton)

Workshops and Master Classes

... with a performance on the Main Stage
(photo by Darwin Davidson)

Kid’s Academy

... in the Vendor Room
(photo by Marla Singleton)

Instruments, Strings, and Accessories

...see you at the Sheraton!

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Note: Joe Val weekend tickets (with hotel room) went on sale on Nov 14 at 7 PM.  All rooms at the Sheraton are now taken, but there is lots of room at other nearby hotels.

Planning for the 33rd Joe Val Festival on Feb 16-18, 2018 is nearing completion.  As you can see, we will 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.

Some of the bands that will be coming for Joe Val in 2018 include Hot Rize, The Gibson Brothers, Russel Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Special Consensus, David Davis & the Warrior River Boys, Terry Baucom & The Dukes of Drive, Eddie & Martha Adcock, Town Mountain, the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Too Blue, Foghorn String Band, Red Wine, Mile Twelve, The Reunion Band, and more to come!

See you in February!

  • 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

Friday

The bands scheduled for Friday include:

  • David Davis and the Warrior River Boys
  • Foghorn String Band
  • Eddie and Martha Adcock
  • Berklee All-Stars

Saturday

The bands scheduled for Saturday include:

  • IIIrd Tyme Out
  • The All-Stars Of Bluegrass (featuring Phil Leadbetter, Claire Lynch,
    Alan Bibey, Steve Gulley and Jason Burleson)
  • Special Consensus
  • Town Mountain
  • Po’ Ramblin Boys
  • Red Wine
  • Too Blue
  • Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys

Sunday

The bands scheduled for Sunday include:

  • Hot Rize
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive
  • Mile Twelve
  • Southern Rail

Showcase Stage Lineup (2018 bands not final yet)

View Showcase Stage Schedule

Ticket Pricing

Buy Tickets

The 2018 weekend ticket prices are as follows:

Adult member weekend – $105 ($110 after Jan 15)
Adult non-member weekend – $115 ($120 after Jan 15)
Student weekend (high school –to college with ID) – $40
Youth weekend (12-15) – $35
Under 12 free

Note: Tickets go on sale on Nov 14, 2017 at 7 PM

Day Tickets will Go On Sale January 15, 2018

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

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

More Info

Workshops

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 offer 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.