The Momentary, a satellite of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, has announced the headliners for FreshGrass 2022, as well as the first half of the 2022 outdoor concert series.
Presented by The Momentary in collaboration with the FreshGrass Foundation and No Depression, FreshGrass, a two-day bluegrass and progressive roots music festival sponsored by Cox Communications, Visit Bentonville and Bentonville Brewing Company, is making its anticipated return in May with headliners Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys.
“We’re thrilled to bring more music experiences to Bentonville and look forward to continuing to reconnect audiences to live performances, a vital part of our culture,” says Argeo Ascani, programmer of music and festivals at The Momentary.
The lineup also features national and local stars such as Margo Price, Grammy-nominated Best New Artist; Sam Bush, a Grammy-winning mandolin player; The Jerry Douglas Band; Amethyst Kiah; Hayes Carll; Balsam Range; Bombino; Alison Brown; Arkansauce; Red Baraat; Lost Bayou Ramblers; Willi Carlisle; Son Rompe Pera; Ozark High Ballers; The Gravel Yard; and a total of more than 20 bands.
FreshGrass is set to return May 20-21. Two-day tickets are on sale for adults for $135, and children 7-16 for $35, with free admission for children 6 and under. VIP tickets are on sale for $500 and include entrance to both days, access to the VIP lounge with complimentary food and nonalcoholic beverages, expedited entrance, reserved viewing and a swag bag of merchandise. Tickets for FreshGrass can be purchased online.
“Having FreshGrass return to the Momentary helps expand our mission of preserving, promoting and creating innovative grassroots music,” says Chris Wadsworth, the founder and president of the FreshGrass Foundation. “This year’s lineup displays the breadth of roots music that FreshGrass is known for, and we’re ecstatic that we can also continue to support the development of innovative new artists in the field with the help of The House of Songs and The Black Legacy Project.”
Debuting in October 2021 with thousands of attendees, FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival with two stages and platforms throughout The Momentary. Also included in the programming are FreshScores, a silent film set to original live music from Alison Brown, Lost Bayou Ramblers and Mamie Minch, special performances by the House of Songs and The Black Legacy Project, local Bentonville food and spirits vendors, pop-up performances and retail.
In addition to the FreshGrass festivities, The Momentary Green, the outdoor green space of the campus, will host several stars for performances, with two-time Grammy Award-winners Old Crow Medicine Show and Brittney Spencer kicking off the season on May 12, co-presented with the Heartland Summit.
Kraftwerk, German electro pioneers and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, will be under the venue’s canopy on June 26. Tickets for Old Crow Medicine Show with Brittney Spencer and Kraftwerk will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, March 29 at 10 a.m. with $32 admission for members, $42 for general admission, $20 for students and $150 for the premium experience.
Run the Jewels, El-P and Killer Mike, and Grammy Award-winner Big Boi (yes, half of Outkast) will bring hip hop to Bentonville on July 16 as part of Crystal Bridges’ current exhibition: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse.
Tickets for Run the Jewels and Big Boi will go on sale to the public Tuesday, March 29 at 10 a.m. with members’ prices for $56, general admission for $68 and premium experience tickets for $150, and can be purchased here.
Country music lovers can look forward to a country music performance with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt on Oct. 8. Tickets for this show will go on sale this spring.