Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

A few of my fellow revelers.
I was at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival this weekend in San Francisco. For anyone who doesn't know, HSB is put on by venture capitalist Warren Hellman, a very rich guy who is really into great roots music (and doesn't I'm surprised to see have a Wikipedia entry). For the past seven Octobers, he's put on a 3-day music festival at Golden Gate Park in S.F. featuring as many as 74 bands on six stages. Among the performers that have stopped by this musician's musician concert are Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Patty Griffin, Joe Ely, Chris Smither, Guy Clark, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Kelly Joe Phelps, Ralph Stanley, Gillian Welch, Roseanne Cash and Los Lobos. The list is much longer but you get the picture.

The best part about the festival is that it's totally free. That's right. Free. You get there and find a parking spot (not easy) and then you freely (except for the crowds) walk around between the six stages, catching all sorts of bands and performers.

I'll write more later about the shows I saw -- so many it's going to take me awhile to gather my thoughts and notes -- but I'll give you a taste of the festivities through the wonder of digital images. Remember, you can click on any of these images to see them full size.

I just want to offer a cosmic shout out to Warren Hellman for putting on a great show and paying for it. As the song says, there's no better way to get to heaven.

Buddy Miller getting in tune

Charlie Louvin, the last living member of the Louvin Brothers. He's 81 and still going strong.

Emmylou Harris, beautiful as ever

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

David Holt and the legendary Doc Watson

Jeff Tweedy

Guy Clark

John Mellencamp and Neko Case

Nick Lowe

Chris Smither

1 comment:

Undercover Black Man said...

Nice to be super-rich, I guess.

Very cool photos, S.O.L.