FreshGrass | Bentonville 2023 Highlights Perseverance and Passion
Miko Marks performances at the third annual FreshGrass | Bentonville. Photo by Hilary Saunders
The third annual FreshGrass Festival at The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas, started off in the rain. Friday afternoon was not just damp, but soaking as storms rolled through the northwest part of the state. The ground around the No Depression stage even flooded, but intrepid fest-goers made the most of it by stomp-dancing in the puddles along to the sweet, swinging sounds of bassist Melissa Carper’s country trio.
Luckily, the rain didn’t cancel any sets, and all of Friday’s performers and attendees persevered through the weather. By Saturday, the skies parted for a gorgeous spring day full of what presenter FreshGrass Foundation calls “innovative grassroots music.” The nonprofit foundation, which also publishes No Depression, curated yet another exciting lineup this year in Bentonville, featuring headliners like Caamp and Elle King, bluegrass stalwarts like The Del McCoury Band and Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, soul legends like Mavis Staples, and exciting international newcomers like Alsarah & The Nubatones and Cimafunk. This year, the FreshGrass WYLDE Market also set up in between the Main Stage and No Depression Stage at The Momentary, featuring more than a dozen independent pop-up shops (including fan-favorite chain stitchery Fort Lonesome).
Staff from No Depression and the FreshGrass Foundation were on hand to cover the festival and contributed their highlights below.
Here are photos from the weekend by Hilary Saunders. Click on any to enlarge and view as a slideshow.