The 19th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival has recently released not one but two additional waves of artist announcements. In addition to celebrating our country’s rich musical heritage, the 19th year of the festival coincides with the 100th anniversary of our constitution’s 19th Amendment. The amendment, which both guarantees and protects women’s right to vote, is being commemorated as one of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass’s 2019 logos, as seen above. The banjo-wielding suffragette is the featured photo of this article and across the festival’s social accounts.
Keeping with their traditional “artist medley” teases on the front page of the website, fans were treated to a sneak-peek audio clip of unannounced artists on their social media accounts. The medley and subsequent lineup announce included the bluegrass gospel of Dry Branch Fire Squad, the first lady of outlaw countryTanya Tucker, prolific Swedish singer-songwriter Daniel Norgren, the powerhouse grouping of Buddy Miller & Dirk Powell with Stuart Duncan, rising folk star John Craigie, Bay Area string band favorites Hot Buttered Rum, Mdou Moctar‘s Tuareg pop stylings, the Austin soul and funk of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull, and Americana highway queen Nikki Lane.
This week, the medley and subsequent lineup announcement included intimate folk duo Mandolin Orange, queen of Americana—and the reason “Hardly” was added to the festival’s name — Emmylou Harris, Mariachi powerhouses Flor De Toloache, Oakland’s thunderous rock group Whiskerman, the lo-fi indie musings of Kurt Vile & The Violators, the gut-punching songs of Mary Gauthier, Pimps of Joytime‘s fresh funk and soul, rock-god-gone-Nashville Robert Plant, LA folk group the Wild Reeds, and the new queen of country-soul, Yola.
Recent additions Kurt Vile & the Violators and Mandolin Orange will also be participating in Hardly Strictly Out of the Park, a series of evening shows around the bay area in which $1.00 per ticket goes to Music in the Schools Today. In addition to Kurt Vile and Mandolin Orange, Jackie Greene, Meat Puppets, Hayes Carll, Calexico and Iron & Wine, and The Waterboys will all perform one of these Out of the Park shows surrounding Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. A full schedule is posted at the bottom of this article.
The exact portion of Golden Gate Park that will be barred off for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass consists of Hellman Hollow, Lindley Meadow, and Marx Meadow. Gates open at 10am all weekend. On Friday, the music starts at noon but on Saturday and Sunday things start rolling at 11am.
Food and non-alcoholic beverage vendors will be stationed around the park. No alcoholic beverages will be sold during the festival, but patrons are allowed to bring beer and/or wine. Glass bottles will not be allowed. In addition, coolers, blankets, and short-back chairs are allowed. Cameras are allowed, but not tripods or other intrusive equipment. Due to limited parking around the park, attendees are highly encouraged to use public transit, rideshare, bike, or walk instead of driving.
September 21 – Jackie Greene – Sweetwater in the Sun – Novato, CA
October 5 – Hayes Carll – Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA
October 5 – Meat Puppets – Ivy Room – Albany, CA
October 5 – Kurt Vile & The Violators – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
October 6 – Calexico and Iron & Wine – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA
October 6 – Mandolin Orange – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
October 8-9 – Dahkabrahka – Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse – Berkeley, CA
October 11 – The Waterboys – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
19th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival
Golden Gate Park
October 4-6, 2019