Books, Recordings and Scores to Get Ready for the 12th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2012 on October 5,6,7 in Golden Gate Park
Now in its 12th year, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is an annual, free
festival held in Golden Gate Park during the first weekend of October.
When the festival began in 2001, there were only 2 stages, 9 bands
performed, and there was still plenty of room to walk around Speedway
Meadow. Over the years it has grown to an astounding 6 stages with over
90 acts and estimations of 800,000 in attendance for the three days of
the festival. Initially, the festival focused specifically on bluegrass
bands and included big names such as Ralph Stanley, Hazel Dickens, Earl
Scruggs, and Alison Krauss. More recently, the lineup has expanded far
beyond “strictly bluegrass” to include rock groups and musicians such as
Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, and even
comedian Steve Martin and his band.
This will be the first year of
the festival since benefactor and banjo player, Warren Hellman passed
away. Luckily, for festival fans, Mr. Hellman’s will has
provided for the event's continued funding for at least another decade.
Don’t miss this incredible 3 day festival with one of the most
impressive lineups of any festival running in recent years. It’s also a
good idea to plan what bands you want to catch ahead of time to ensure
you beat the crowds while you rush to the next stage. Here are some
books and music suggestions available at the San Francisco Public
Library to expand your bluegrass repertoire.
Many wonderful bluegrass and folk recordings are available through our music databases. Go to homepage - sfpl.org. Select “eLibrary” from the top navigation bar, then “eMusic” from the drop-down menu. From the eMusic page, the following databases offer a great deal of American folk and down-home music:
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