Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces 2021 Festival Lineup

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After a period of careful consideration, the beloved roots music festival have unveiled their highly anticipated 2021 plans, which will be a free, virtual, livestreamed event. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2021 will feature 15 live-broadcast and 12 pre-recorded performances with three days of music to be broadcast via  hardlystrictlybluegrass.comfacebook.com/hardlystrictlybluegrass andyoutube.com/user/hsbfest on Friday, Oct. 1st, Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3. This year’s festival includes returning HSB legends Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Mavis Staples, and Belá Fleck as well as first-timers The Tallest Man On Earth and Las Cafeteras. The three-day event will begin at 1 p.m. each day. 

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass’ producer Sheri Sternberg said in a press release that went out this morning, “We did not come to the decision to withdraw our plans for Golden Gate Park lightly, but with the current information we have about the severity of the Delta variant, and given the history and mission of HSB as a free event open to all, we are taking these steps to protect our fans, artists and crew. We are thrilled with the line-up and excited that we are still able to offer fantastic sets from some of the greatest musicians in the world, available for everyone to watch no matter where they are!” 

Photo by Ken Friedman

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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