Wednesday, July 27, 2022
– Hardly Strictly Bluegrass announced its initial lineup for the free festival's live return to San Francisco Golden Gate Park this fall with Marcus Mumford, Allison Russell, Charlie Crockett and Buddy Miller playing.
The fest will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
Joy Oladokun, Galactic, Las Cafeteras, Lucius, Galactic, AJ Lee & Blue Summit and Dashawn Hickman also will be in the house.
"The recently released first medley should get fans really excited about what's in store for them this year - a little bit of everything," says Hardly Strictly Bluegrass executive producer Sheri Sternberg. "We are thrilled to have old friends return like Galactic and Buddy Miller as well as some first-timers: Marcus Mumford, Joy Oladokun, Lucius, Charley Crockett, and more. Others, like Allison Russell and Las Cafeteras, have joined us virtually the past two years, and we're delighted to have them join us in Golden Gate Park. The entire staff is looking forward to returning home to the best backdrop any festival could ask for."
"We've heard about Hardly Strictly over the years and are thrilled to be part of this gift to the city, a beautifully curated musical weekend made free and accessible to its residents in one of the great parks in the world," said Holly Laessig from Lucius.
Over the last two decades, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has grown from a one-day local attraction to a three-day festival that attracts more than half a million people each year.
Founded by Warren Hellman in 2001, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass marked the late financier/philanthropist's gift to the City of San Francisco, offering a free outdoor festival in Golden Gate Park to serve as an annual celebration of American music. Honoring the legacy of Warren and Chris Hellman, their four children who are the directors of the Hellman Foundation oversee Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.
During the pandemic, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass went digital, presenting livestream events of live and pre-recorded performances.