Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the completely FREE festival held annually at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, is back for its 15th incarnation. While only the first round of artists have been announced, so far its shaping up to be one for the books. Paul Weller, Pokey LaFarge, Leftover Salmon, and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaries will all take part in the three-day affair, which takes place from October 2-4 this year.

Conceived and paid for by Warren Hellman, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass started as a small festival in 2001 with performers like Emmylou Harris, Hazel Dickens, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Dale Ann Bradley & Coon Creek, and Blue Highway performing on an October Saturday in the Speedway Meadows section of Golden Gate Park. In 2011, over 750,000 people attended the three-day festival—nearly the population of San Francisco itself. Since then, the festival continues to steadily grow.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Dates

October 2 – 4 @ Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2015 Lineup

Paul Weller
Boz Scaggs
The Stone Foxes
Ben Miller Band
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Leftover Salmon
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Chicano Batman
Pokey LaFarge

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2014 Lineup

Ryan Adams
Conor Oberst
Yo La Tengo
Built to Spill
Sharon Van Etten
Sun Kil Moon
Deltron 3030
Social Distortion
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and The Cairo Gang
Justin Townes Earle
The Felice Brothers
Jason Isbell
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Mavis Staples
Dwight Yoakam
Emmylou Harris
Lucinda Williams
T Bone Burnet
Rosanne Cash
Steve Earle
Bela Fleck
Buddy Miller
Caitlin Rose
Dave Rawlings Machine
Robert Earl Keen
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

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