The Momentary has revealed the full lineup for 2024 FreshGrass, a two-day, all-ages festival in Bentonville that showcases the best of today’s bluegrass and progressive roots music.

 

Taking place May 17-18, here are some of the performers festival-goers can look forward to:

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Trampled by Turtles

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

Valerie June

Aoife O’Donovan

Alison Brown

Ruthie Foster

S.G. Goodman

Arkansauce

Meridian Brothers

The Harlem Gospel Travelers

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

Mr. Sun

JD Clayton

Peter One

Aurelio Martinez

Eric Mingus

 

“FreshGrass is the first music festival we ever held at theMomentary, and it’s successfully paved the way for the premier music venue this space has become,” said Jill Wagar, director of the Momentary. “Now in its fourth year, we’re excited to welcome our community back to FreshGrass and give them the unique opportunity to see Grammy-Award winning artists, special commissions, and world premieres live and up-close. This is a can’t-miss event that has truly become a beloved tradition here in Bentonville.” 

 

This year’s knockout performances will be accompanied by fun, family-friendly activities, homegrown retail vendors, artist merchandise, line dancing, industry workshops and a curated selection of food and beverage vendors, including a pop-up dining experience from Crystal Bridges Executive Chef Timothy Ordway. 

 

Programming will also include House of Songs’ SongRider, an energizing performance of original songs crafted by musicians and outdoor culture leaders during biking excursions; and Belly of the Beast, a theatrical work by Jefferson Pinder featuring a genre-face off between gospel and bluegrass. Commissioned by the Momentary for the Barn, the work will rely on sound, music and language as a catalyst of understanding difference. 

 

Commissions made especially for FreshGrass will premiere at the festival as well. Aoife O’Donovan with the FreshGrass Chamber Orchestra will perform America, Come, a musical exploration of voting rights for women inspired by the lives, letters, and speeches of the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association during the summer of 1920. Mr. Sun will perform a new re-interpretation of Duke Ellington’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and Eric Mingus & the Sacred Routes Vocal Ensemble will perform “Sacred Routes,” using words and melody to trace the roots of our human connection, with emphasis on human migration.   

 

Set among the beauty of the Ozarks, FreshGrass | Bentonville has welcomed nearly 20,000 attendees to the Momentary since its inception. Presented by the Momentary in collaboration with the FreshGrass Foundation and No Depression, past headliners have included phenomenal talents from 12-time Grammy award winner Dispatch (Acoustic) to lauded singer-songwriter Amos Lee, and a myriad of national and local stars, Grammy-nominated artists, and internationally and nationally acclaimed musicians taking the stage over the weekend.   

 

Tickets for 2024 FreshGrass are available here. For more information about FreshGrass, click here.

 

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