The HSB Silent Disco experience

Beckoned by the alluring movements of a diverse pack of fenced in dancers, I wandered my way up past the Hardly Strictly festival crowds into a eucalyptus grove lending its shade to the HUSH Silent Disco. With bluegrass at full swing below us, we slapped on luxurious headphones and stepped into a different world reminiscent of some futuristic science fiction film. Like clockwork, festival goers similarly were transformed from mere folk spectators into aggressively enthused dancers. Silent discos became popular in Europe in the early 2000s, but it wasn't until Robbie Kowal started Silent Frisco, now HUSH, that said quiet dance [...]

The emo kid’s guide to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

The first time I went to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass was 2010. This was the first time I saw Conor Oberst live. I had been a fan for 5 years, but I was barely 18 and barely going to shows on a monthly basis. My friends were more consumed by the fact that Kirsten Dunst could be seen backstage from where we were standing, while I was consumed by the fact that I was quickly becoming obsessed. Since then, I have seen Conor Oberst (in all his projects, except Monsters of Folk) 13 times, (which can either be the most impressive [...]

The lineup for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2015 is here!

The lineup for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2015 is out, and it's another killer array of artists sure to satisfy fans of a wide variety of genres. Seriously, hanging out in Golden Gate Park and seeing Charles Bradley, Neko Case, Angel Olsen, Jessica Pratt, Paul Weller, Robyn Hitchcock doing a million different things, and a special tribute to Big Star's Third, plus locals Fantastic Negrito, Sonny and The Sunsets, The Stone Foxes, and The Brothers Comatose (among many, many other bands)? Count us in. The free fest hits Golden Gate Park on October 2-4. Dig into the full lineup below. Hardly [...]

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