Live music combines the joy of listening to a band with the spontaneity of getting a tattoo of your family's social-security numbers. Enjoy the unexpected with today's GrouponLive deal: for $34, you get a weekend pass to FreshGrass: A Festival of Bluegrass and Art at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 (up to a $68 value). The festival's performances begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
The MASS MoCA ushers visitors through its doors for the museum's first-ever bluegrass festival, unleashing the toe-tapping rhythms of established musicians as well as rising talent. Saturday's shows commence at 6 p.m. with an acoustic set by Dave Mayfield of The David Mayfield Parade. His performance takes place during the museum's reception for its newest outdoor expansion, The Speed Way, which contains three new works of art, a 1.5-acre asphalt meadow, and Van Gogh's long-lost collection of elbow macaroni. Saturday evening's recitals end with the thigh-slapping pluck of The Infamous Stringdusters at 9:30 p.m. in the Hunter Center. Sunday kicks off the day's festivities at 11 a.m. with Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still before attendees retreat to the galleries to hear the ramshackle concoctions of the Ramblin Jug Stompers. Guests migrate back to Courtyard C at 5 p.m. for the festival's final performance by the established tunesmiths of the Yonder Mountain String Band. All festival passes include admission to the museum's galleries, allowing patrons to peruse the exhibits and determine which painting would look best on their home refrigerator.
Although the festival offers a discounted rate for museum members, today's GrouponLive deal still offers the best deal available.