For a unique experience, the whole family will enjoy right in the heart of San Francisco, CA. Is The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. A four-day Music Festival with unusual beginnings that has grown to attract over 750,000 people over the course of the event. Conceived and founded by Capitalist Warren Hellman in 2001 as a non-commercial annual event to showcase Bluegrass Music. The event has been held annually since it’s conception and as it has grown in popularity over the years many corporations have offered to sponsor the event but Warren has always turned them down. He states the fact that it must remain non-commercial, free and without being bombarded with signage and consumption driven. Very remarkable with an event of this caliber.
Originally it was called ‘Strictly Bluegrass Festival’ but eventually, slightly different genres crept into some of the performances and the name was changed. Emmylou Harris had a great deal to do with this coming about because she performed here under the name Spyboy and it wasn’t a strictly Bluegrass sound but Warren loved the act and the changes soon followed. However, Bluegrass is still the main focus of the Festival. Held at Golden Gate Park it is easy to get to and you will hear the nation’s best pickers on the Guitar, Banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. Traditional Hillbilly Bluegrass and Country Music reign supreme but there is now quite a bit a variety in the styles and performers and this appeals to a larger audience.
From the old school originals, performers such as Earl Scruggs and Hazel Dickens have played here many times. Some of the newer Artist include Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Brown and many more recognizable Artist. The fact that this Festival has remained true to its original visions might account for its incredible success.