By Bob Rhubart-Oracle on Sep 23, 2011
If you're coming into San Francisco for OpenWorld a bit early and you're a fan of rootsy Americana music, you owe it to yourself to check out the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival taking place in Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park, Friday Sept 30 through Sunday Oct 2.
The event is free, which makes the roster of artists all that more remarkable.
FRIDAY SEP 30 (11am - 7pm) Blame Sally, Mekons, Zigaboo Modeliste - King of the Funky Drums, Charlie Musselwhite, Southern Culture on the Skids, Robert Plant & the Band of Joy, David Bromberg Quartet, Bill Kirchen, Thurston Moore, Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven, The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, South Memphis String Band, Conor Brings Friends for Friday: Bright Eyes, M. Ward, The Felice Brothers, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Woods, Simon Joyner, Jonathan Wilson , John Prine, Jolie Holland, Chris Isaak, Seldom Scene
SATURDAY OCT 1 (11am - 7pm) Broken Social Scene, Otis Clay with Chick Rodgers, Reckless Kelly, Hugh Laurie, Cass McCombs Band, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Ruthie Foster, Alison Brown Quartet, Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, A.A. Bondy , River Whyless, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, The Band of Heathens, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, AllofaSudden, Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally & Their All-Star Band, Earl Scruggs, Seamus Kennedy, The Belle Brigade, Wendy Bird and her Band of Miscreants, Buckethead, Robyn Hitchcock, Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, Robert Earl Keen, Irma Thomas, Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson, The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Greensky Bluegrass, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Kris Kristofferson & Merle Haggard, The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle & the Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer
SUNDAY OCT 2 (11am - 7pm) Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Gomez, Ollabelle, Dive Bar Dukes, Abigail Washburn, Conspiracy of Beards, Dr. John & the Lower 911, Fitz & the Tantrums , Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Jayhawks, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Justin Townes Earle, Bill Orcutt, Frank Fairfield, Hot Buttered Rum, Those Darlins, Brokedown in Bakersfield (featuring Nicki & Tim Bluhm, Scott Law, Lebo, Steve Adams & Dave Brogan), Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer , Over the Rhine, Dark Star Orchestra, Moonalice, The Low Anthem, Joe Purdy, The Mother Hips, Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane & Fats Kaplin, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Devil Makes Three, Emmylou Harris , The Swanson Family Band, Elbow, Bob Mould, Buddy Miller, DeVotchKa