It's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass time, my friends. The festival, which is, by the way, COMPLETELY FREE, is a massive 3-day music experience in Golden Gate Park starting on September 30th. Not just bluegrass anymore, this banjo infused, funky folk extravanganza is perhaps my favorite weekend in the city. Bring a blanket, beers, and a picnic lunch and park it in the park for all three days. Make sure to get there early and stake out a lovely green spot of lawn...it gets crowded as the day wanders on.
Check out the concert website at http://www.strictlybluegrass.com/, and for quick reference, here is the lineup (if you have no idea who these people are, check out the ones in bold...it's where I'll be). Happy fiddle frolicking!
FRIDAY SEP 30 (11am - 7pm)
David Bromberg Quartet, Conor Brings Friends for Friday: Bright Eyes, M. Ward, The Felice Brothers, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Woods, Simon Joyner & Jonathan Wilson , John Prine, Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven, Jolie Holland, Southern Culture on the Skids, Zigaboo Modeliste - King of the Funky Drums, Mekons, Seldom Scene, Blame Sally, Bill Kirchen, Thurston Moore, Chris Isaak, South Memphis String Band, Charlie Musselwhite, The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Robert Plant & the Band of Joy
SATURDAY OCT 1 (11am - 7pm)
Broken Social Scene, Hugh Laurie, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Ruthie Foster, River Whyless, The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock, Reckless Kelly, Alison Brown Quartet, Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, Robyn Hitchcock, The Belle Brigade, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Steve Earle & the Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer, Patty Griffin, Irma Thomas, Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally & Their All-Star Band, Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, The Band of Heathens, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, AllofaSudden, Wendy Bird and her Band of Miscreants, A.A. Bondy , Earl Scruggs, Greensky Bluegrass, The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Otis Clay with Chick Rodgers, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Cass McCombs Band, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson, Buckethead, Kris Kristofferson & Merle Haggard, Seamus Kennedy
SUNDAY OCT 2 (11am - 7pm)
Emmylou Harris , The Swanson Family Band, Frank Fairfield, The Low Anthem, Bill Orcutt, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Dry Branch Fire Squad, DeVotchKa, Fitz & the Tantrums , Elbow, The Devil Makes Three, Gomez, Abigail Washburn, Buddy Miller, Those Darlins, Justin Townes Earle, Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane & Fats Kaplin, Dark Star Orchestra, The Civil Wars, Dive Bar Dukes, The Jayhawks, Moonalice, Ollabelle, Over the Rhine, Dr. John & the Lower 911, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Conspiracy of Beards, The Mother Hips, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Joe Purdy, Hot Buttered Rum, Bob Mould, Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer , The Blind Boys of Alabama