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Music, All Shook Down The First Hints of the 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup Are Here

The First Hints of the 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup Are Here

It's July 25, 2014, the day that would have been Warren Hellman's 80th birthday. Sadly, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder is now strumming at the big jam session in the sky. But today does bring the first hints of the…
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Dining, Distillations Virgil's Sea Room: The Discreet Charm of the Creative Class

Virgil's Sea Room: The Discreet Charm of the Creative Class

"I came to San Francisco because I was interested in art and politics," Jeremy says. We're sitting in comfy chairs in Virgil's Sea Room, in the Mission. I'm sipping on a whiskey and ginger beer drink named after Warren Hellman.…
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News, A Tale of Two Billionaires: Contrasting Warren Hellman and Larry Ellison

A Tale of Two Billionaires: Contrasting Warren Hellman and Larry Ellison

With the notable exception of the movie Deliverance, the banjo has a benevolent place in American society. It's a happy instrument that makes a happy sound and, it would seem, is plucked by happy people. You don't hear so much…
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Music, All Shook Down The Warren Hellman Museum Is Now Open Evenings; Meet the Man Who Volunteers to Run It

The Warren Hellman Museum Is Now Open Evenings; Meet the Man Who Volunteers to Run It

In an old brick building off Folsom street, down a narrow alley that runs behind Slim's 333 Club, lies the Warren Hellman Museum, a tribute to the late founder of San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Though opened in October…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Earl Scruggs, Banjo Legend and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Regular

R.I.P. Earl Scruggs, Banjo Legend and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Regular

Earl Scruggs, the North Carolina-born banjo legend who was a regular at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival, died at a Nashville hospital this morning, according to news reports. He was 88. Known as part of a seminal duo…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 2/19/12: Warren Hellman Public Celebration Brings Emmylou Harris, Old Crow Medicine Show and More to Ocean Beach

Live Review, 2/19/12: Warren Hellman Public Celebration Brings Emmylou Harris, Old Crow Medicine Show and More to Ocean Beach

Warren Hellman Public Celebration February 19, 2012 Ocean Beach Better than: Watching the live stream at home on your laptop. Some of the nation's top roots musicians gathered together yesterday with Bay Area music fans to celebrate Warren Hellman,…
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Music, All Shook Down Warren Hellman Tribute Concert Planned for Feb. 19 at Ocean Beach

Warren Hellman Tribute Concert Planned for Feb. 19 at Ocean Beach

Some weeks ago, we told you about a concert planned to honor the memory of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman, who passed away in December. The show will feature performances by Emmylou Harris, Robert Earl Keen, Gillian Welch, Steve…
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Music, All Shook Down Warren Hellman Tribute Concert Will Feature Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, and More

Warren Hellman Tribute Concert Will Feature Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, and More

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman passed away at the end of last year, but the sprawling free music festival he started will continue. And on Feb. 19, Hellman's family and the festival's organizers will hold a sort of…
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News, The Snitch Wear Warren Hellman's Shirt

Wear Warren Hellman's Shirt

Over the past month, photographs of departed San Francisco macher Warren Hellman have been fairly ubiquitous. The financier and philanthropist's sartorial sense had been described as "Financial District Hobo" -- and then there's this. But the photo illustrating this story…
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Music, Better, Later, and on the Air: A Wish list for S.F. Music in 2012

Better, Later, and on the Air: A Wish list for S.F. Music in 2012

Optimists say that if you want to have your dreams come true, you should write them down. We frankly doubt that elucidating the things we want to happen in S.F. music in 2012 will make them come to pass. But…
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Warren Hellman, Incidental Banjo Player

Over the past week, photos of Warren Hellman toting a banjo were ubiquitous. The departed billionaire was a financial titan and a political force in this city -- but, yes, it was the banjo, perhaps the happiest of musical instruments,…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Tori Amos put on one of the most enthralling live shows we've seen at the Paramount in Oakland, performing fan favorites from her entire catalog with a live string quartet. Grown men shouting "I love you!" and "How…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Warren Hellman, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Founder and Eccentric Banjo Player

R.I.P. Warren Hellman, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Founder and Eccentric Banjo Player

Warren Hellman, the billionaire banjo-picker and eccentric who founded the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival, lost his battle with leukemia on Sunday. He was 77. Hellman was a successful investment banker and beloved philanthropist who supported a multitude…
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News, The Snitch Warren Hellman "Stunned and Thrilled" City Named Meadow After Him

Warren Hellman "Stunned and Thrilled" City Named Meadow After Him

The wheels of government tend to turn slowly. So the rapidity with which the notion of renaming Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow after Warren Hellman became a reality -- two weeks from conception to Board of Supervisors-approved, effective-immediately ordinance --…
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News, The Snitch Warren Hellman, Founder of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Dies

Warren Hellman, Founder of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Dies

The indelible Warren Hellman, founder of the popular Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival and the Bay Citizen, has died. His family told reporters that the 77-year-old San Francisco icon died Sunday from complications of leukemia. Public services are planned for Wednesday…
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News, The Snitch Lisa Frazier, Bay Citizen CEO, Steps Down

Lisa Frazier, Bay Citizen CEO, Steps Down

A month after the Bay Citizen's editor-in-chief resigned, the paper's $400,000 CEO, Lisa Frazier, announced she, too, will be stepping down.The Bay Citizen reported the news Friday afternoon, explaining how Frazier said she was leaving for personal reasons, though she…
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News, The Snitch It's Official: The Bay Citizen Unionizes

It's Official: The Bay Citizen Unionizes

Just a year after Warren Hellman launched the Bay Citizen, the editorial newsroom decided to officially unionize. On May 26, Bay Citizen staffers signed union cards indicating they want to join the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 of the…
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News, The Snitch Pension Crisis Is Real, as Fates of Other Cities Show

Pension Crisis Is Real, as Fates of Other Cities Show

With the interminable debate we've witnessed over pension reform during the last year, it's sometimes easy to forget that this isn't just another political shooting match over a characteristically trivial San Franciscan topic. (Dog parks, anyone?) Yet an article published…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Hazel Dickens, American Legend, Feminist Folk Singer, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fixture

R.I.P. Hazel Dickens, American Legend, Feminist Folk Singer, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fixture

Hazel Dickens, a bluegrass singer who played every Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival since the free event began in 2001, died today at age 75.Described by the Washington Post as "a living legend of American music," Dickens used her 50-year career to…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch Billionaire Warren Hellman Play the Banjo at Slim's This Weekend

Watch Billionaire Warren Hellman Play the Banjo at Slim's This Weekend

Perhaps it's unfortunate for Warren Hellman, the wealthy San Franciscan who puts on the free, three-day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival in Golden Gate Park every year, that the words "billionaire" and "banjo" begin with the same big, beautiful letter.…
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