FreshGrass festival coming up at The Momentary

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It’s a big weekend for live music at The Momentary.

In addition to hosting a free show tonight (Sept. 30) with Grace Potter, the venue will finally get to host their first installment of FreshGrass on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 1-2).

The lineup for this year’s festival includes some big names, including Old Crow Medicine Show, Billy Strings, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Steep Canyon Rangers, Aoife O’Donovan & Noam Pikelny, Alison Brown, Flor de Toloache, Leyla McCalla, a Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Felicia Collins, Smokey & the Mirror, and The Ozark Highballers.

FreshGrass has been held annually at MASS MoCA museum in North Adams, Massachusetts, and had announced plans to hold a second event at the Momentary last spring, but of course, we all know what happened in 2020. As a result, this weekend’s event will end up being the inaugural Arkansas installment of the festival.

In addition to the on-stage performances, the event will include workshops, a kids area, local food, jam sessions, and pop-up performances inside the Momentary.

Several health and safety measures will be in place for the event, including a vaccination or negative COVID-19 test requirement. More info on that is here.

A full lineup for this year’s festival is below.

Tickets to the event range from $70 for a Friday night pass ($56 for Momentary members) to $120 for a two-day pass. For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit

FreshGrass 2021 Schedule

Friday, Oct. 1
4 p.m. – Gates open
6 p.m. – Aoife O’Donovan & Noam Pikelny (Mainstage)
7:30 p.m. – Steep Canyon Rangers (Mainstage)
8:30 p.m. – Flor de Toloache (No Depression Stage)
9:30 p.m. – Old Crow Medicine Show (Mainstage)

Saturday, Oct. 2
10 a.m. – Gate opens
10:15 a.m. – Ozark Highballers (No Depression Stage)
11:30 a.m. – Smokey and the Mirror (Mainstage)
12:45 p.m. – Leyla McCalla (Mainstage)
1:15 p.m. – Fresh Songs by The House of Songs, featuring Willi Carlisle, Bonnie Montgomery, Kalyn Fay, Mamie Minch, Sage Nizhoni, and Billy Keane (No Depression Stage)
2 p.m. – Alison Brown (Mainstage)
3:30 p.m. – Martha Redbone (Mainstage)
5 p.m. – A Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe Featuring Felicia Collins (Mainstage)
6 p.m. – FreshScores: Film with Live Music Featuring Alison Brown, Leyla McCalla, and Smokey and the Mirror (No Depression Stage)
7:15 p.m. – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Mainstage)
8:45 p.m. – The Irie Lions (No Depression Stage)
9:30 p.m. – Billy Strings (Mainstage)