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Monday, October 8, 2012

The Best of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Sunday, Oct. 7

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Emmylou Harris - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
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  • Emmylou Harris

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* The Best of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Friday, Oct. 5

* The Best of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Saturday, Oct. 6

* Slideshow: Onstage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

* Slideshow: The Faces of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Sunday, Oct. 7

The Knitters recast Los Angeles punk rock

Seminal L.A. punk band X was way ahead of the curve when it shape-shifted into its Americana side project the Knitters thirty years back. So it was no surprise when the updated version of that spinoff group fired up the early afternoon gray of Day Three at Hardly Strictly more than any of the other roots combo we happened to catch this weekend.

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The Best of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Saturday, Oct. 6

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 12:43 AM

CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio

See also:

* The Best of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Friday, Oct. 5

* The Best of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Sunday, Oct. 7

* Slideshow: Onstage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

* Slideshow: The Faces of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

It's Red Baraat with the Saturday morning dance party

This Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival definitely felt more hardly than strictly. Red Baraat kicked off the party on Saturday morning, and it didn't matter that they were a full-throttle, self-proclaimed "pluralism"-proselytizing funk band, rather than a chill acoustic duo; the mood they set matched the sunny weather and got the audience on its feet dancing and chanting before noon, no less. With a blazing horn section (complete with sousaphone) and a dhol drummer/emcee running the show, this high-energy New York brass band channeled the "no borders, no walls" multicultural consciousness of '70s groove masters War and Earth, Wind & Fire. Those getting down included the festival's resident hippies, hip-swinging pregnant women, and infants with noise-cancelling headphones. We even saw a dog and a cat sharing a rubber ball together. One love, San Francisco style. -- Sam Prestianni

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The Best of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012: Friday, Oct. 5

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Jenny Lewis at Hardly Strictly on Friday - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • Jenny Lewis at Hardly Strictly on Friday

See also:

* The Best of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Saturday, Oct. 6

* The Best of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Sunday, Oct. 7

* Slideshow: Onstage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

* Slideshow: The Faces of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Chuck Prophet takes us on a tour of San Francisco

Willie Mays, Carol Doda, and Harvey Milk didn't come to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this year, but S.F. rocker Chuck Prophet brought their memories to a crowded and lively set early Friday afternoon. Prophet's latest album, Temple Beautiful, is a story-filled love letter to San Francisco, and on Friday, the singer and his band the Mission Express played many of its best songs: "Halloween," which looks back fondly at the Castro's raucous street parties; "Willie Mays," a wide-ranging story whose characters include the iconic baseball player and the famously endowed North Beach Stripper Carol Doda; and "Temple Beautiful," a look back at the old S.F. punk club of the same name. Prophet sang an intimate duet with his wife and keyboardist Stephanie Finch, and he also brought his sense of humor. Looking out at the ample midday crowd early in his set, the rocker deadpanned, "I know things have gotten pretty bad out there, but don't you guys have jobs?" Yes, Chuck, but we'd rather be here. -- Ian S. Port

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Top 10 Reasons to Walk Out of Work Right Now and Go To Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 10:43 AM

This is the dance you do when you bounce out of the office and go to Hardly Strictly.
  • This is the dance you do when you bounce out of the office and go to Hardly Strictly.

Well, it's the Friday before the most event-filled weekend in San Francisco history (okay, probably not, but possibly so) -- and despite really wanting to be at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, you're still at work. That, friends, is a problem in search of a solution. We're here to help. Here are the top 10 reasons you should walk out of work right now and get over to Golden Gate Park for the free music festival:

10. You're not going to get anything done this afternoon with all those Fleet Week jets buzzing your building, anyway.

9. Turns out the food truck you were going to hit for lunch is in Golden Gate Park today.

See also:

* 11 Artists to See at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

* The Late Warren Hellman's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Wisdom

* The Traffic For Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Is Going to Be Insane: A Warning

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Late Warren Hellman's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Wisdom

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Warren Hellman at Hardly Strictly - JAY BLAKESBERG
  • Jay Blakesberg
  • Warren Hellman at Hardly Strictly

This year will be the first Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival missing the presence of Warren Hellman, the late billionaire investment banker and banjo aficionado who founded it. Hellman passed away of complications from leukemia last December, at the age of 77.

Back in 2010, just prior to Hardly Strictly's 10-year anniversary, we got to interview Hellman at his top-floor office overlooking San Francisco Bay. In a two-hour conversation, the ebullient Hellman spoke at length about what goes into the festival, his advice on how to enjoy it, and the philosophy behind its booking. Hellman will be remembered this year in a special "Warren Museum," which is open from Oct. 3 to Oct. 10 at 1479A Folsom St between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Also as a tribute to the festival's founder -- and a sort of guide to this year's edition -- we've collected some of the best nuggets from our 2010 interview with the man here. Also check out our guide to 11 unmissable artists performing at Hardly Strictly this year. Now here's Hellman:

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

11 Artists to See at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Red Baraat performs Saturday at Hardly Strictly. - TED KURLAND ASSOCIATES
  • Ted Kurland Associates
  • Red Baraat performs Saturday at Hardly Strictly.

There are lots of great things about Hardly Strictly Bluegrass -- but one of them isn't having to make the difficult choices that the massive, free roots music festival presents. To help you sort through this year's massive lineup, we've gathered 11 artists especially worth catching at the three-day event.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012: The Full, Final Lineup Is Gigantic

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Get ready...
  • Get ready...

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is the music festival that just won't stop growing. We've posted pieces of the lineup as they've become public -- and thought we'd seen most of it -- but it turns out there have been even more artists added. This week, though, organizers promise that they've finally released the entire lineup for 2012. Check out this long list of performers:

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Here's the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup, Or Most of It

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

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The folks over at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass are such teases! They've been leaking the lineup for this year's free festival one song medley at a time since late July. And now, it looks like we've got the full lineup -- or at least most of it -- revealed. There are often late adds and sometimes changes, but from this list, the lineup for HSB 2012 looks pretty solid. The big names piquing our interest this year are Patty Smith, Les Claypool, Todd Snider, Son Volt, Heartless Bastards, Elvis Costello, and Chuck Prophet (here's hoping Prophet gets his stolen guitar back before then). Check out the full list -- or at least most of it -- after the jump.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012 Lineup: Here's What We Know So Far

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The Sunday crowd at Hardly Strictly
  • The Sunday crowd at Hardly Strictly

As we reminded you last week, the organizers of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass are once again unveiling the festival lineup as a kind of quiz, by posting medleys of this year's performers online and letting fans take a guess. With two sets of song clips out now -- and the official answers posted on the HSB website -- we've got a solid chunk of the Hardly Strictly 2012 lineup to check out.

Spoiler alert: If you want to guess who's playing by listening to the music, listen to the audio samples. Below is a list of the the artists we now know are playing Hardly Strictly 2012:

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2012: The First Lineup Hints Are Out

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Fans at Hardly Strictly 2011
  • Fans at Hardly Strictly 2011

Today, July 25, 2012, would have been birthday No. 78 for Warren Hellman, the local billionaire and banjo picker who founded San Francisco's legendary Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival 12 years ago. Hellman passed away last December after a long battle with leukemia. But the free festival he founded lives on, and Hardly Strictly organizers chose today to begin dropping hints on their website about who'll play the first festival since Hellman's passing.

As with last year, the hints come in the form of the song medley below:

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