Joe Val History
Not only was Joe a fabulous musician, he endeared his peers and fans alike so it wasn't a surprise when they rallied around him as his health failed. The Joe Val festival was born from a fundraising concert organized by Joe's fellow musicians to help defray Joe's medical expenses in June of 1985. Unfortunately, Joe, lost his battle with cancer shortly after the event took place. Beginning in 1986, the organizers decided to make it an annual bluegrass event in honor of him. The Boston Bluegrass Union assumed responsibility for the festival in 1992 and expanded it to a three day winter festival.
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