Barely Strictly Bluegrass is very proud to unveil the initial lineup for its long-awaited live-action return to San Francisco, California’s iconic Golden Gate Park, September 30-October 2. The multi-stop three-day free music festival will come “Back To The Park” with an eclectic roster of artists spanning an array of genres, including Marcus Mumford, Allison Russell, Las Cafeteras, Lucius, Galactic, AJ Lee & Blue Summit , Joy Oladokun, Charley Crockett, Buddy Miller and Dashawn Hickman. The lineup has been teased with an exclusive medley streaming now on the official Hardly Strictly Bluegrass website and the HSB22 app (available for Apple and Android devices HERE). Other artists will be announced soon.
“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. “We are thrilled to see old friends return like Galactic and Buddy Miller as well as newbies: Marcus Mumford, Joy Oladokun, Lucius, Charley Crockett, and more. Others, like Allison Russell and Las Cafeteras, have joined us virtually over the past two years and we’re thrilled to have them with us at Golden Gate Park. The entire staff can’t wait to go home to the best setting a festival could ask for.
“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” , says Holly Laessig. of Lucius.
Over the past two decades, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has grown from a one-day local attraction to a world-renowned three-day festival that attracts over half a million people each year. This one-of-a-kind free annual event features a wide array of artists ranging from roots and Americana, funk, rock, soul and more, highlighted by unexpected new acts alongside annual favorites such as Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle.
Founded by Warren Hellman in 2001, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass marked the late financier/philanthropist’s gift to the city of San Francisco, providing a free outdoor festival in historic Golden Gate Park to serve as an annual celebration of American music. Honoring the legacy of Warren and Chris Hellman, their four children who are directors of the Hellman Foundation oversee Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. They are guided by a very special mission celebrating American roots music and its many outgrowths in an environment that promotes joy, creativity, freedom, peace, collaboration, love of music, mutual respect and spiritual community.
During the pandemic, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has gone digital, presenting exclusive live events offering a treasure trove of live and pre-recorded performances that have generated over a million views online while capturing the remarkable spirit of the festival. 2020’s ‘Let The Music Play On’, a highly acclaimed three-hour show featuring a rich lineup of major artists filmed in some of the country’s most legendary concert halls, proved a landmark moment in a year. which has seen countless events canceled or postponed around the globe. The following year, the HSB crew embarked on an even bigger project, “Come What May,” featuring beautifully captured performances and filmed interviews in New Orleans and San Francisco in the spring of 2021. unprecedented have expanded the reach of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to an international audience, showcasing its one-of-a-kind musical message while proving a miraculous musical gift to millions of fans around the world. Over 20 hours of original content featured in “Let The Music Play On” and “Come What May” can be viewed now via Hardly Strictly Bluegrass TV (HSB TV), available free to viewers worldwide HERE.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has also been invaluable in supporting those whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by the global concert shutdown. Since the pandemic began, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Relief’s efforts have distributed more than $4 million to music and arts communities in the Bay Area and across the country. In 2021, HSB invested $1 million in three organizations responding to critical relief and recovery needs, including the Esther’s Orbit Room Cultural Renewal Project, Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fundand The Tenderloin Museum’s net sounds project. For more information, please visit www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/music-relief.
Going forward, the safety of artists, fans and staff will remain a top priority for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. This year’s event will see perimeter fencing with passage control technology at every entrance. No hard-sided coolers will be permitted. All guests are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and tested before coming to the park; masks should be worn when not actively eating or drinking.