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Freshgrass Music Festival

September 23 - September 25

Max will be appearing in the Band and Banjo Competitions at the 2022 Freshgrass Music Festival.

The Max Schwartz Band is Max’s primary songwriting and bandleading exploit in the acoustic/bluegrass domain.

The band features Max’s longtime collaborator Carolyn Kendrick, a singer-songwriter and producer from Nashville on fiddle; Tim Watson, a Miami-based guitarist and improvised-music composer, and Max’s bandmate from the Stamps Jazz Quintet at the University of Miami; Pele Greenberg, a drummer, guitarist, and songwriter who plays jazz, pop, or folk tunes on any night in New York; and Noah Harrington, a Boston-based bassist (try saying that three times), recording artist and composer who appeared last year with his group, Noah y Maurizio’s Acoustic Nomads.

Max Schwartz is a musician, composer, and teacher originally from Boston (currently based in Needham, MA) and is highly acclaimed as both a bluegrass and jazz musician. He has been called “an acoustic master” by the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, has won Downbeat Awards for both performance and composition, is a two-time member of the GRAMMY® Jazz Combo, and was the winner of the 2019 Rockygrass Banjo Competition.


September 23
September 25
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1040 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247 United States
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