Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has revealed the initial lineup for its highly anticipated return to San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Park. The free music festival is due to take place from September 30 to October 2 and is billed as “Back To The Park”.
The initial lineup was first revealed via an exclusive streaming medley on the official Hardly Strictly Bluegrass website and features a wide range of artists including Marcus Mumford, Allison Russell, Las Cafeteras, Lucius, Galactic, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Joy Oladokun, Charley Crockett, Buddy Miller and Dashawn Hickman. Other artists should be announced soon.
“The recently released debut medley should excite fans about what to expect this year – a bit of everything,” Hardly Strictly Bluegrass executive producer Sheri Sternberg shared in a press release. “We are thrilled to see old friends return like Galactic and Buddy Miller as well as newbies: Marcus Mumford, Joy Oladokun, Lucius, Charley Crockett, and more. Others, like Allison Russell and Las Cafeteras, have joined us virtually over the past two years and we’re thrilled to have them with us at Golden Gate Park. The entire staff can’t wait to go home to the best setting a festival could ask for.
Holly Laessig of Lucius added: “We’ve heard of Hardly Strictly over the years and are thrilled to be part of this gift to the city, a beautifully curated musical weekend that’s free and accessible to its residents across the country. one of the great parks in the world.”
During the pandemic, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has played an invaluable role in supporting those whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by global lockdowns. Since the start of the pandemic, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Relief’s efforts have led to the distribution of $4 million to music and arts communities in the Bay Area and across the country.
In 2021, they invested $1 million in three organizations responding to critical relief and recovery needs, including the Esther’s Orbit Room Cultural Renewal Project, Sweet Relief COVID-19 Fundand The Tenderloin Museum’s net sounds project.
Learn more about Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and listen to the lineup here.