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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Last year’s Joe Val was one of the best festivals in a long time.  Great bluegrass bands, an extensive selection of workshops, Master Classes, directed jams, and endless jamming in the halls.  It’s the highlight of the year for many people.  The BBU is hiring and scheduling the bands for the upcoming 2020 festival over the next couple of months.  Visit this page often for the latest band info!

Some of the great bands that will be appearing this year include:

  • Claire Lynch
  • Special Consensus
  • The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
  • Mile 12
  • Lonesome Ace Stringband
  • Southern Rail
  • …..many more to be announced soon.  Stay tuned!
  • When: February 14-16, 2020
  • 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.

Main Stage Lineup


All bands will be finalized soon.


All bands will be finalized soon.


All bands will be finalized soon.

Showcase Stage Lineup

featuring new, up and coming local bands

Ticket Pricing

Buy Tickets

The 2020 prices will be announced soon.  The 2019 weekend ticket prices were::

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

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

Classes & Workshops

We host paid classes for all levels of students:  Beginner (Fast Track), Intermediate, and Master Classes.  These classes are held during the day on Friday, and have modest tuition.  We also offer free instrument, vocal, and jamming workshops during the festival.

For more information on these Friday classes and festival workshops, please visit these pages:

Master Classes
Intermediate Classes
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

Come visit our vendor room for the best in instruments, supplies, string, and advice.

Vendor page