Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016

September 30, 2016 - October 2, 2016
September 30, 2016 - October 2, 2016
San Francisco
San Francisco


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, or HSB for short (previously Strictly Bluegrass) is an annual free and non-commercial music festival held the first weekend of October in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Conceived and subsidized by San Francisco venture capitalist Warren Hellman, the festival has been held every year since the first event in 2001.

From its outset, the festival has been subsidized by Hellman. Various corporations have offered to sponsor the event over the years, but Hellman always turned them down, saying in an interview, "I want to keep it entirely free and noncommercial".[1] For some performers, the unique fact that the event is unsponsored is very important to character. In an interview with Hellman, Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show said that part of what keeps the event focused on the music and the community is Warren's decision to ensure it is not "consumption driven" and the audience is not "bombarded with signage".[2]

Originally Hellman intended only to invite bluegrass musicians. But soon artists from other genres were invited to the event, and in 2004 the word "Hardly" was added to reflect its expanded scope.[3] The festival draws very large crowds, nearly equal in number to the entire population of San Francisco. In 2011, the festival drew an estimated 750,000 people over the course of the three-day event.[4][5]

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Boz Scaggs
American musician
bornJune 8, 1944
Canton, Ohio
Mavis Staples
American singer
bornJuly 10, 1939
Jamestown Revival
Glen Hansard
Irish musician, songwriter
bornApril 21, 1970
Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland

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Kristoffer Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He wrote and recorded the hit songs "Me and Bobby McGee," "For the Good Times," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "Help Me Make It Through the Night." Kristofferson composed his own songs and collaborated with Nashville songwriters such as Shel Silverstein.[1] In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup The Highwaymen. In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also known for his starring roles in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and A Star Is Born, the latter for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

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Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, California, United States, is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres (412 ha) of public grounds. It is administered by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, which began in 1871 to oversee the development of Golden Gate Park. Configured as a rectangle, it is similar in shape but 20 percent larger than Central Park in New York, to which it is often compared.


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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: Photos From Saturday
Sanfrancisco cbslocal  –  October 2, 2016
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Oct. 2-3: Carolyn Shaw, Mi Gente Vota, Blessing of the Animals, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Nisi Shawl, APAture 2016, Yusef/Cat Stevens
San Francisco Examiner  –  October 2, 2016
Carolyn Shaw-A Journey With My Muse: The artist hosts a reception for the solo exhibit of works that illustrate her process of becoming a landscape painter. [2 to 4 p.m., Museum Studios Gallery, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame] Mi Gente Vota!: The non ...
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: The best things we saw on Friday
San Francisco Gate  –  October 1, 2016
The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is back at Golden Gate Park, from Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2. The annual free three-day concert, one of the country’s biggest live music events, is expected to draw crowds of up to 750,000 people over ...
Join the Gang Biking From Bernal to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass on Saturday
bernalwood.com  –  October 1, 2016
Live in Bernal? Love to bike? Hate traffic? Heading to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park on Saturday? If you nodded vigorously to all the above, then you’re in luck, because there’s a convoy of bikes departing from Precita Park on ...
Review: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass off to strong start with Mavis Staples, others
San Jose Mercury News  –  September 30, 2016
It’s no wonder that so many folks return year after year. Another massive three-day crowd, estimated to be as large as 750,000, is expected to turn out to the 2016 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, which kicked off Friday and runs through Sunday. They come to ...
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival expected to attract 750,000 concertgoers
KRON4  –  September 30, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pour into San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this weekend as the 16th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival comes to the city. The free annual concert, which will feature over 100 ...
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Stream Live
Jambands  –  September 30, 2016
This weekend’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass fest in San Francisco is streaming its festivities live online. The festival will feature music from Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne and more. The festival notes that not all acts will be streamed ...
Time Jumpers at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
batesline.com  –  September 30, 2016
and now it's known as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. If you can't be in Golden Gate Park in person, you can watch the live stream from some of the stages. You'll find the 2016 schedule here; don't forget that it's two hours later in Tulsa. Saturday's lineup ...
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: A Survival Guide For Residents
hoodline.com  –  September 28, 2016
Founded by late investor, philanthropist, and amateur banjo player Warren Hellman, this weekend's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will host over 100 acts performing on seven stages, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Yo La Tengo, Mavis Staples, Cyndi Lauper, and ...
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016: Best picks for the festival
San Francisco Chronicle  –  September 26, 2016
The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival runs from Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 in Golden Gate Park. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass returns to Golden Gate Park with a roster of performers that features more than 150 acts, including Mavis Staples, KT Tunstall, Emmylou Harris ...

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