Showing posts with label Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Show all posts

Monday, October 3, 2011

My humble solution of what to do about San Francisco's overcrowded Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Some lovely folks I met coming back from the loo

Warren Hellman and the organizers of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival have a chance to make the gathering even more meaningful. At some point safety regulators will notice that the gathering has gotten far too crowded; how will they solve this problem? My humble solution is to require inexpensive tickets for entry, and donate the proceeds to local charities.

Hardly Strictly is one of those many events that makes me so lucky and proud to live in the Bay Area, and be a resident of San Francisco in particular. As a music lover, the idea of seeing (or more like only hearing because you can’t get too close to the stage) Emmylou Harris, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ralph Stanley, Bela Fleck, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and Gillian Welch in two days free of charge is absolutely insane. I thank Mr. Hellman for an awesome birthday party every year and applaud his love and passion for good music.


Friday, September 30, 2011

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2011 picks

The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park starts today, and as always the lineup is insane. Oh, and it's FREE.

CLICK HERE to read about the five bands I recommend: Zigaboo, The Belle Brigade, Blind Boys of Alabama, Hugh Laurie and Fitz & the Tantrums.