Wednesday, September 29, 2021
To Freshgrass at MassMoca over the weekend. This is it's tenth year, and we've been to nine of these. It is always wonderful. Notables: A.J. Lee and Blue Summit, Amythyst Kiah on Friday night. The Ruta Beggers did a commissioned piece featuring their fiddle player, Sofia Chiarandini that was quite wonderful. I was surprised by Saturday's headliner. Trombone Shorty has been out there working hard, and I've passed on seeing him a few times. That was a mistake- he puts on a great show that is more than slightly informed by James Brown. Bela Fleck is working with an all-star band.
Perhaps the most notable part was that proof of vaccination was required, as were masks indoors. This had the effect of creating a community of trust that made the whole scene feel good.