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!

What are you Waiting For?


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.

A few of the bands that will be coming for Joe Val in 2018 include Hot Rize, The Gibson Brothers, Special Consensus, David Davis & the Warrior River Boys, Russel Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Terry Baucom & The Dukes of Drive, Red Wine, and many, many more to come!

As we add more bands, this page will highlight them all.

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


The bands scheduled for Friday include:

  • Stay tuned for more info later in the year


The bands scheduled for Saturday include:

  • Stay tuned for more info later in the year


The bands scheduled for Sunday include:

  • Stay tuned for more info later in the year

Showcase Stage Lineup (2018 bands not final yet)

View Showcase Stage Schedule

Ticket Pricing

Buy Tickets

Ticket Prices will be announced soon.

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

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.