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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fast Facts

When: Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6, 2019

Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco -- To Golden Gate Park By Bus, Rail or Ferry

Look forward to another awesome lineup this year when the 2019 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass concerts return to Golden Gate Park for a hoedown of epic proportions.

Along with Fleet Week, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is one of the most anticipated Fall events in San Francisco featuring the best strummin', pickin' and fiddle playin' on the planet.

But is HSB festival just bluegrass?

As the name implies — not hardly. The three-day music fest traditionally features live performances by some of the most popular traveling country, folk, and rock 'n roll acts in the USA.

Who :
Judy Collins, Robert Plant, Margo Price, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Jackie Greene, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Tanya Tucker and The Milk Carton Kids are HSB '19's major headliners.

This year's lineup also includes Hot Tuna, The Infamous Stringdusters, Hiss Golden Messenger The Long Ryders, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Caitlin Canty, Bedouine, Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, Tank & The Bangas, and many more.

In addition, Kronos Quartet will be joined by special guests Brian Carpenter, Lee Knight, Mixlit, Aoife O’Donovan and the San Francisco Girls Chorus for a special performance in honor of Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday.

2019 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass lineup
Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant,
Tanya Tucker, and Judy Collins headline
at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019.

When :
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2019 is scheduled for Friday, October 4, Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Look for the festivities to kick off on Friday morning with continuous performances playing from 10AM - 7PM throughout the rest of a beautiful fall weekend in San Francisco. Can't get there? Check out the live webcast of select sets on the official HSB site!

Where :
Join the crowds along John F. Kennedy Drive and into Golden Gate Park with signs pointing the way to the various concert stages in Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows), Marx Meadow and Lindley Meadow.

Ticket Information:
No tickets needed. It's all free!

What else to see and do at HSB:
Sit back, relax, people watch, or enjoy a popular array of food from vendors ranging from tacos and teriyaki to American barbecue.

DID YOU KNOW? Hardly Strictly Bluegrass fun facts

Warren Hellman by Ron Baker
HSB founder Warren Hellman.

• The original idea was Strictly Bluegrass, conceived in 2001 by San Francisco billionaire venture capitalist Warren Hellman, himself a bluegrass musician. The one-day event featured a single stage, 12 bands (including Emmy Lou Harris, Allison Krause and Hazel Dickens) and attracted 5,000 attendees.

• In 2004, it was Emmy Lou Harris who convinced Hellman to add "Hardly" to the name so she could be free to perform in other music genres. And the rest, as they say, is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass history.

• Today, the three-day event attracts about 750,000 people or almost equal to the total size of San Francisco's population.

• Along with thousands of regional bands from across the US, other notable names to appear on the HSB lineup over the years have included Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Steve Martin, Sturgill Simpson, Gillian Welch, T Bone Burnett, Merle Haggard, Chris Isaak, and Randy Newman.

• In the world of music festivals, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is unique -- its all free, and free of corporate sponsorship.

More about Hardly Strictly Bluegrass around the Web:

Just up ahead, check out more information on this year's music festivities including history, fun facts, and tips on where to stay if you're spending the weekend:

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Official Site
- Dates, times and the complete lineup with a look back at previous concerts dating back to 2001.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - Wikipedia - Check out a good overview of the music festival with historical notes, a list of frequent performers and photos. - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - If you're traveling to San Francisco for the big event, check out the closest hotels with visitor reviews and ratings.

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