SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Hardly Strictly Bluegrass announced a lineup Wednesday featuring Marcus Mumford, Allison Russell, Las Cafeterias and more for the return of the free music festival to Golden Gate Park this fall. The festival, which will run from September 30 to October 2, is centered around returning to the park after two years of digital festivals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The recently released debut medley should excite fans about what to expect this year – a bit of everything,” said Hardly Strictly Bluegrass executive producer Sheri Sternberg. “The entire staff can’t wait to go home to the best setting a festival could ask for.”
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will also feature Lucius, Galactic, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Joy Oladokun, Charley Crockett, Buddy Miller and Deshawn Hickman, festival organizers have announced.
“We’ve heard of Hardly Strictly over the years and are thrilled to be part of this gift to the city, a beautifully curated musical weekend that’s free and accessible to its residents at one of the world’s great parks” , Holly Laessig, of the Lucius Group, said in a press release.
The one-day, multi-stage festival has grown from its beginnings as a local one-day event when it was founded by investment banker and philanthropist Warren Hellman two decades ago. Hellman wanted the annual event, free to the public, to be a gift to San Francisco, celebrating American music.
The festival features a variety of genres, including Americana, funk, rock, and soul. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will hold its first in-person festival since 2019, with organizers expressing excitement to be back at Golden Gate Park after the hardships the pandemic has brought.
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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass also continued its philanthropy efforts for the music industry during the pandemic, with more than $4 million distributed to music and arts communities in the Bay Area and across the country, organizers said. of the festival. Esther’s Orbit Room Cultural Renewal Project, Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Fund and the Tenderloin Museum’s Sounds of the Tenderloin Project received $1 million from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in 2021, organizers said. ‘event.
The 2020 digital event, “Let The Music Play On,” featured a three-hour show that generated over a million views. The “Come What May” festival in 2021 was also virtual, showing performances filmed in New Orleans and San Francisco. Both digital festivals can still be viewed at https://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/hsbtv/.
The website also features a teaser of the upcoming 2022 festival. The festival, although open to the public, will feature a perimeter fence with security screening at each entrance for security reasons. Hard coolers will not be permitted.
Event organizers encourage all attendees to be fully vaccinated and test negative before the festival, with masks encouraged whenever not eating or drinking. More details about the festival can be found at https://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/.
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