National Public Radio’s Morning Edition program had a feature this morning on the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, which takes place this weekend in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This is a free, annual event which is undertaken as a gift to the community by local billionaire, Warren Hellman.
As many as 200,000 people per day are expected to attend this year to hear some of the top bluegrass, folk and Americana artists perform on stage. This year’s roster includes Earl Scruggs, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Emmy Lou Harris, Iris Dement, Hot Tuna, Richard Thompson and a great many more.
You can listen to the audio from this morning’s radio show on the NPR web site.
Thanks to Bill Evans for pointing out the link to the show audio. He is performing on Saturday with Tony Trischka and Alan Munde in what is billed as a Banjo Extravaganza. Perhaps he will report back after the festival and let us know how it all turned out.