It's the Lucky 13 edition of the bluegrass super-festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. This 13th year of the free festival is a great tribute to Warren Hellman who passed away two years ago. Hellman presented the festival to San Francisco as a gift of thanks to the community and as a way of giving back. This year's grand event will take place October 4, 5, & 6, 2013. As was done last year, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass did a series of medley contests as a method for pre-announcing the performers for this years event. The medleys are over and the full list of performers has been announced.
It's going to be a great time in the park this year with this huge lineup of great talent performing: Martha Wainwright, Dave Alvin with Greg Leisz, Supermule, Boz Scaggs, Sonny & The Sunsets, The Wood Brothers, Spirit Family Reunion, Justin Townes Earle, Conor Brings Friends For Friday Featuring: Whispertown, The Cave Singers, The Felice Brothers, The Evens, First Aid Kit, Conor Oberst, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Freakwater, MC Hammer (Friday morning middle school program), Tumbleweed Wanderers, Chris Isaak, Alison Brown, Jesse DeNatale, Patty Griffin, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, LP, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Holler Down the Hollow: A Hardly Strictly Salute to the Masters, Loudon Wainwright III, Calexico, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Shovels & Rope, Natalie Maines, Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin, Emmylou Harris, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band featuring Yungchen Lhamo, Tift Merritt, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Richard Thompson, Allah-Las, The String Cheese Incident, Kate McGarrigle Tribute with Martha & Sloan Wainwright & Special Guests, The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock, The Deep Dark Woods, Della Mae, Mark Lanegan, Robert Ellis, The Brothers Comatose, Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell, Evolfo Doofeht, Jon Langford & Skull Orchard acoustic / FREAKONS, Moonalice, The Go To Hell Man Clan, The Warren Hood Band, Father John Misty, Nick Lowe, Mike Scott & Steve Wickham of The Waterboys, Ryan Bingham, Robert Earl Keen, Los Lobos Disconnected, Buddy Miller, Paul Kelly, G. Love & Special Sauce, The Forest Rangers with Katey Sagal, Tim O'Brien with Bryan Sutton & Mike Bub, Bonnie Raitt, Bettye LaVette, The Devil Makes Three, Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, Pieta Brown, Billy Bragg, The Handsome Family, Jesse Dee, Kat Edmonson, Jerry Douglas, Gogol Bordello, Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue, Manchester Orchestra, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Time Jumpers featuring Brad Albin, Larry Franklin, Paul Franklin, Vince Gill, "Ranger Doug" Green, Andy Reiss, Dawn Sears, Kenny Sears, Joe Spivey, Jeff Taylor & Billy Thomas, Elvin Bishop, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Poor Man's Whiskey (Friday morning middle school program), Seldom Scene, Low, Joy Kills Sorrow, Trampled By Turtles, and Sturgill Simpson.
It has been almost two years since the founder of this outstanding festival, Warren Hellman, passed away. His gift is the free monstor Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival held in Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows), Lindley & Marx meadows in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The donated festival was given each year by Warren Hellman. The festival continues to both honor and remember him and to continue the tradition that he loved. As in past years, the multi-day, multi-staged event will feature scores of artists performing for tens of thousands of music fans. Last year's festival carried with it an air of sadness over the passing of Warren Hellman. The festival continues in his memory.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is a family-friendly festival. Children and on-leash dogs are welcome but they should be comfortable with large crowds and loud music. Police estimate that more than 600,000 people attended the festival last year over three days, including 350,000 on Sunday, the festival's traditional top attendance day.
As in previous years, there is no camping at the park however there is a campground in The Presidio - Rob Hill Campground on the web at http://www.presidio.gov/explore/Pages/rob-hill-campground.aspx and an RV park by Candlestick park: http://sanfranciscorvpark.com/