Enter Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots festival

Another new festival is on the docket for 2018, playing to the growing audience for what we re gently dubbed as grassicana – music which shares roots with bluegrass, but which is also informed by other genres. You’ll hear banjos, mandolins, and fiddles, but not always in Bill Monroe’s strict sense of instrumentation.

The Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots festival will launch this August in Manchester, VT, bringing in a number of contemporary bluegrass groups like Lonely Heartstring Band and Mile Twelve, along with folk and old time duos, and acoustic bands like Mipso and the Molly Tuttle Band. It won’t be a Bean Blossom experience suitable for die hard grassers, but should provide a fine listening experience for folks who like a wide variety of folk and old time themed music.

This sort of event seems to be the fastest-growing sort in and around bluegrass, and the inclusion of many of the artists featured here at the IBMA convention shows a willingness to embrace it as part of our orbit. You may be drawn to Green Mountain to see Mandolin Orange or Donna The Buffalo, but be introduced as well to music from Jordan Tice & Horse Country or Danny Barnes, Grant Gordy & Joe K. Walsh.

And like many of this sort of events, the vibe is projected to be kid-friendly. 15 and under are admitted free of charge, and all sorts of children’s a activities are planned throughout the weekend.

Further details about the lineup, plus info about camping and accommodations can be found online.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • John Perkins

    This is why Bluegrass festivals are losing fans. The instruments don’t make Bluegrass. It’s the phrasing, the rhythm, and the lyrics. Not to mention the Appalachian and U.K. roots.

  • Mitchell Reynolds

    Are festivals losing fans? The big festivals like Grey Fox and Telluride sell out.

  • Jose Mature

    Really glad to hear, but this (“…roots with bluegrass, but …. informed by other genres.”) is not a new thing. It’s been going on for quite some time and sometimes under handles different from your newly coined “grassicana”. Nothing wrong with it, mind you, in fact I like that incorporates both bluegrass and Americana–pretty much what this stuff is all about. Hope it catches on.
    You have David Grisman and his DAWG music, The NEWGRASS Revival (which spun off Bela Fleck), Tony Trischka Band, and going way back, the inimitable John Hartford.
    Our music center here even sponsored one such festival of what we called XGrass (short for “Extreme Bluegrass”), in 2004, if not mistaken. The headliner was a personal favorite and another early practitioner of this hybrid genre: David Via and Corn Tornado.
    I hope this Green Mountain Festival has more success than ours did. Our audience was so sparse I honestly believe you could have safely hunted quail in their midst.
    Personally, I would love to attend, but as the old timers are wont to say, “too far and snakey.”