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?


We are deep into the planning process for the 2019 Joe Val festival.  We expect it to be one of the best ever!

Here is some info on last year’s great festival.   The 2018 Joe Val Festival was sponsored by:

The Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival.    We thank them for their support, and encourage all our patrons to attend the festival on June 21-24 for the very best in bluegrass music!

The Music Emporium of Lexington, MA.  Visit them for fine instruments and accessories.  

Eastman Guitars.  Offering outstanding mandolins, guitars, stringed instruments of all kinds, as well as accessories.

Another successful Joe Val Festival is now over, and we all are tired from the excitement and fun of the weekend.  We hope that all the festival attendees also had a great time.

If you’d like to relive some of the fun and excitement of Joe Val, here are some pictures taken by Bluegrass Today:   Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Out festival next year will be even better!

  • When: February 15-17, 2019
  • 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:

  • David Davis and the Warrior River Boys
  • Foghorn String Band
  • Eddie and Martha Adcock
  • Amy Gallatin and StillWaters
  • Berklee Bluegrass Amalgamation


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


The bands scheduled for Sunday include:

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

Showcase Stage Lineup

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 are NOW on sale

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 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.