With just a couple of weekends standing between now and the best free fest in the west, it's time to take a look-see at this year's line up for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. Golden Gate Park will once again play host to a plethora of great artists from October 4th through the 6th.
|Golden Gate Park, October 4, 5 & 6|
This annual event has become both a right of passage for some and a reason to flee the city for others. Personally, I have attended religiously since living in northern California, with the exception of last year. It truly is one of the best festivals in the nation, a veritable Newport West. Hardly has announced their initial list of 41 artists, most of which are anything but bluegrass.
Of the names and bands that have been released, I'm more than stoked for those that catch my attention. Here is a brief list of the acts that are sparking my interest; Steve Martin, Trampled by Turtles, Devil Makes 3, Father John Misty, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, the Wood Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Shovels & Rope, Jerry Douglas, Martha Wainwright & Patty Griffin. Two of which are below.
I highly suggest braving the masses at least once in order to enjoy this epic San Francisco event. If you're lucky most of your favorite artists will play on the same day. Be there or be square.