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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fast Facts

When: Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2, 2022 1PM PT / 4PM ET

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

Fans can look forward to another awesome lineup when Hardly Strictly Bluegrass returns to Golden Gate Park for a hoedown of epic proportions.

New this year? After COVID forced several virtual online concerts in the past, HSB 2022 returns for it's first in-person concert in three years!

The 2022 In the lineup for the free, three-day concert -- from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2 -- includes Mumford and Sons’ frontman Marcus Mumford (who is launching his solo career this year), plus popular HSB veteran Emmy Lou Harris who returns in 2022 to close out the show as she has for the last two decades.

Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, who last appeared at the outdoor event in 2012, will also be making a comeback.

Check out the complete schedule of performers and set times for the weekend-long music fest in Golden Gate Park just up ahead:

hsb 2022 schedule

hsb performers

Others on the 2022 HSB performance list include Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Russell, East Los Angeles Chicano band Las Cafeteras, San Francisco singer-songwriter Meklit, and banjo player Jake Blount.

Marcus Mumford brings his solo tour
to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2022.

Other performers included in the lineup are San Francisco bluegrass band the Brothers Comatose, the soul-rock band the Seratones, Swedish indie act the Tallest Man On Earth, the country outfit Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, the Brooklyn-based afrobeat band Antibalas, and Sacramento-based folk singer Tré Burt.

They will all join the initial lineup, announced over the summer, that includes indie-pop act Lucius, New Orleans jam band Galactic, the bluegrass band AJ Lee & Blue Summit, singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun, blues guitarist Charley Crockett, Nashville singer Buddy Miller, and pedal steel player Dashawn Hickman.

Rounding out this year's lineup is Rhiannon Giddens, a founding member of the country-blues band Carolina Chocolate Drops, performing alongside jazz composer and past collaborator Francesco Turrisi; indie singer-songwriter Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield); Bay Area-born pop artist Jay Som (Melina Duterte); Tennessee-based vocalist, guitarist and banjo player Amythyst Kiah; soul singer Danielle Ponder; folk band Bonny Light Horseman; acoustic artist Ismay; Irish American Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan; Bay Area trio Rainbow Girls; and banjo player Béla Fleck.

All about HSB

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 the 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 :
See above! The complete Hardly Strictly Bluegrass lineup and list of special performances was announced in September 2022.

When : Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2022 is scheduled for Friday, September 30, Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2.

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.

Where :
The concerts traditionally take at 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 2022
- 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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