Escape the Winter

...with 3 days of hot bluegrass
(photo by Darwin Davidson)

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... performing on two stages
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The Best National and Regional Bands

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... something for everyone
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Traditional and Progressive Bluegrass

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...on every instrument
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Workshops and Master Classes

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... with a performance on the Main Stage
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Kid’s Academy

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... in the Vendor Room
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Instruments, Strings, and Accessories

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...see you at the Sheraton!

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JamVal was a roaring success!  There were dozens of jams tailored to the specific needs of each skill level, lots of interesting and useful workshops, and a killer set by Special Consensus on Saturday night.   We hope everyone enjoyed it, because we sure did!  We hope to see everyone next year at Joe Val 2025!

Note:  all the information below relates to our last in-person festival in 2020.  We hope to be announcing the lineup for Joe Val 2025 in the Fall next year!

  • When: in 2025
  • Where: we’re still working on it….

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.

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2020 Main Stage Lineup

2020 Showcase Stage Lineup

featuring new, up and coming local bands

Ticket Pricing (2020)

Buy Tickets

The 2020 weekend ticket prices will be:

Adult member weekend – $105 ($110 after Jan 14)
Adult non-member weekend – $115 ($120 after Jan 14)
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