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?

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

Breaking news (12/5):  We have added Sister Sadie, High Fidelity, and Appalachian Roadshow.

Breaking news (11/18):  We have just added Tony Trishka with Michael Daves, with special guest Kenny Kosek.

Breaking news:  The Gibson Brothers will be playing at Joe Val!

Here is a PARTIAL list of bands that will appear at Joe Val 2019:

  • Appalachian Roadshow
  • Carolina Blue
  • Feinberg Brothers
  • Gibson Brothers
  • High Fidelity
  • Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
  • Lonely Heartstring Band
  • Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass
  • Seldom Scene
  • Sister Sadie
  • Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
  • Southern Rail
  • Tony Trishka with Michael Daves, with special guest Kenny Kosek.

Visit this page often to see the latest list of great bands!

  • 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.



The schedule for each day will be available in early 2019


The schedule for each day will be available in early 2019


The schedule for each day will be available in early 2019

Showcase Stage Lineup (2019 schedule will be available in January)

View Showcase Stage Schedule

Ticket Pricing

Buy Tickets

The 2019 weekend ticket prices (same as last year) 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

Day Tickets will go on sale on Dec 1

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.