String Cheese Incident, Billy Bragg, Ryan Bingham On for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, founded in 2001 and one hundred percent free, has just announced its 2013 line-up, and I can’t believe it’s free because it’s pretty impressive.
The festival’s 2013 line-up looks set to include British political belter Billy Bragg, Mark Lanegan, the curiously-named String Cheese Incident, indie-folk high priest Conor Oberst, Father John Misty, First Aid Kit, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, Ryan Bingham, Justin Townes Earle, Low, Gogol Bordello, Allah-Las and Sonny & The Sunsets.
Also scheduled to appear are Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, Boz Scaggs, Patti Griffin, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Robert Earl Keen, Loudon Wainwright III, Martha Wainwright, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Buddy Miller, Robert Ellis, G. Love & Special Sauce, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Manchester Orchestra, The Felice Brothers, The Warren Hood Band, and no really…wait for it…MC Friggin’ Hammer. (NO, REALLY.)
The three-day festival is set to take place in the Golden Gate park between October 4th and October 6th, and did I mention that it is free?! Mental.
This marks the 13th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival and it was originally put forward as a gift to the residents and community of San Francisco by Warren Hellman, the festival’s founder, who sadly passed away two years ago.
With a line-up like this, though, it looks likely that he’d still be really proud of the whole shebang.
As was the case last year, the full line-up was announced via a series of medley contests and because I cannot be bothered to list the whole thing here, if you could kindly click this link with your very own hands instead, that would be just dandy.
Anyway, this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, I think we can all agree, looks pretty great, and you can go if you live in the San Francisco area because it costs absolutely nothing, which I may have mentioned a few times already.