Monday, September 11, 2006

Hardly Strictly schedule posted

The full stage schedule for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is now posted. All I can say is get ready to be on the move among the five stages in Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadows (in San Francisco), or else be prepared to miss a lot of great music.

The other notable thing is that this sixth edition of the free annual event, taking place October 6-8, is a three-day event, with one stage operating Friday afternoon in addition to the full-tilt boogie Saturday and Sunday. The Friday show features Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock followed by Elvis Costello.

Other performers are too numerous to mention, but some that I will be most interested in are: Steve Earle, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Gillian Welch, Todd Snider, Ricky Skaggs, Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez, Del McCoury, Richard Thompson, Robert Earl Keen, The Waybacks with Bob Weir, Tim O'Brien, Emmylou Harris and many, many more.

In years past, I have come away frustrated that there was so much great music running concurrently that I could never be fully satisfied to sit still and listen. This year, it could be even worse for me if I try to do daily blogging. I plan to study the lineup and make some hard choices in advance. See you there. Talentwise, this is the event of the year.

1 comment:

regiberry said...

I came away from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass annoyed that there are no chalk lines for folks to enter and leave their seats safely and I was sick of crowds of people. It was terrible and I have been to every HSB.

This year I'm going to Wolf Mountain Festival at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds and direct the kids on stage program and pick and play music instead of traveling to Golden Gate Park, finding a parking place, getting a hotel room, and dealing with ugyl crowds. It's only 1/2 mile from my home so Wolf Mountain is where I'll be.