It's here! Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: three days of free roots music in Golden Gate Park, and all the attendant daytime drinking, Muni crowding, barefoot dancing, and general good times that come with a massive music confab and gorgeous early-October Bay Area weather. To help you sort through the chaos, we've prepared a super-thorough guide to this year's festival, which you'll find below. (If you're in the city, though, do yourself a favor and find yourself a hard copy of this week's paper -- there's a special pull-out section with graphics and games that are best appreciated on the page.) But, hell, the Internet works, too. Here's our guide to Hardly Strictly '13:
First: our four approaches to doing Hardly Strictly, each with three days' worth of artists to see.
Conor Oberst on how he got to present his own mini-lineup at HSB for the last three years.
Martha Wainwright on her upcoming tribute to mother Kate McGarrigle.
Trampled by Turtles on the sheer beauty of a music festival where you don't have to pay.
Locals the Brothers Comatose on coming up nationally, and why it makes them love their van.
Important: What to bring to Hardly Strictly, and how to build a blanket empire.
And lastly: Hardly Strictly sideshows -- the surprises you won't find in the park.
That's it. See you out there!