Hardly Strictly Bluegrass might be the most exciting festival in the Bay. Not only is the lineup mind-blowing every year, it’s FREE. However, it’s so large, you might need some tips on navigating the mob and some band recommendations.
- Pick a couple of bands you really want to see, and keep the rest flexible. This festival covers a lot of ground, so getting from one stage to the other through the throngs of people can take some time.
- Every year the line-up is so good and there are so many legandary acts as well as amazing up-and-coming acts, you never know what you might here. Be open to good tunes coming at you as you wander.
Friday, September 30
- ZIGABOO MODELISTE – He’s the drummer of the Original Meters. The funky, groovy Meters. He might be one of the baddest granddads you’ll ever have the pleasure of witnessing. He sounded great at Outside Lands Fest this year. Star Stage, 12:05pm.
Saturday, October 1
- HUGH LAURIE – Well, look at that: Dr. House made an album. I’ve heard him play on the show, he’s good and I’m curious about his live show. Towers of Gold Stage, 1:20pm.
- THE BELLE BRIGADE – Brother and Sister duo, grandchildren of Composer John Williams. Their music has been compared to Fleetwood Mac and it’s popping up all over TV and in film, so you’re probably going to hear about them soon anyway. Porch Stage, 1:50pm.
Sunday, October 2
- THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA – Start your Sunday off right with some old-time gospel harmony. They’ve been around for decades and I’ve never been disappointed by a live performance. Banjo Stage, 2:45pm.
- FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – This is the hardest working band in show biz at the moment. Think high energy Motown Soul. They are one of the best bands of the last two years to rise up from the muck. Tell them Jamie sent you (they’re really nice people too). Sunday, October 2, Towers of Gold Stage, 4pm.