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 will have another great group of bands this year for the Joe Val Festival, including:

  • Jerry Douglas & The Earls of Leicester (IBMA Entertainer of the Year!)
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • Blue Highway
  • The Grascals
  • Flashback Band
  • Sideline
  • 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 (IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year!)
  • Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
  • Lonely Heartstring Band
  • The Surly Gentlemen
  • Bill and the Belles
  • Bluegrass Gospel Project
  • Mile Twelve
  • The Gather Rounders
  • Berklee All-stars
  • The Feinberg Brothers
  • The Korey Brodsky Band
  • 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 bands scheduled for Friday include:

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


The bands scheduled for Saturday include:

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


The bands scheduled for Sunday include:

  • Jerry Douglas & The Earls of Leicester
  • Danny Paisley &  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 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

Joe Val Hotel Update:    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.