Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the annual free musical festival, returns to Golden Gate Park for its 18th edition for the weekend of Oct. 5–7. As its name suggests, the festival has branched outside of the bluegrass, folk and country realm in recent years, sprinkling their lineups with unusual surprises like last year's set from New Orleans' queen of bounce, Big Freedia, who brought audience members up on stage for a twerk contest.
This year's Hardly Strictly lineup was chosen by a new curator, Chris Porter, following the departure of longtime talent booker Dawn Holliday. The event features over 80 acts on six stages.
A few highlights from this year's Hardly Strictly lineup, announced Tuesday, include rising bluegrass band I'm With Her; veteran Angeleno rockers Los Lobos; New Orleans indie rock, neo-soul and folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff; singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco; Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.
Check out the complete lineup below:
Aaron Lee Tasjan, Aki Kumar, Alison Krauss, Ana Tijoux, Andrea Gibson, Ani DiFranco, Bo & Lebo with Friends, Booker T. Jones Stax Revue, Buddy Miller’s Cavalcade of Stars featuring The Cave Singers, Tracy Nelson, Molly Tuttle, The War and Treaty, Buddy Miller, Courtney Marie Andrews, Dale Watson, Darlingside, Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Guilty Ones, David Bromberg Quintet, David Luning, Deer Tick, Del McCoury Band, Don Was & Friends, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Eilen Jewell, Emmylou Harris & The Red Dirt Boys, Evolfo, Four Year Bender, Glorietta, Gomez, Graham Nash, Gregory Alan Isakov, Hip Spanic Allstars, Howlin Rain, Hurray For The Riff Raff, I’m With Her, JD McPherson, Jeff Tweedy, Jon Langford and the Sturdy Nelsons, Justin Townes Earle, Kacy & Clayton, Kevin & Dustin Welch, Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert, Langhorne Slim, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Live From Here with Chris Thile, Liz Brasher, Los Lobos, Marco and The Polos, Matador! Soul Sounds, Mavis Staples, Moonalice, Nancy & The Lambchops, Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue with Los Straitjackets, Patty Griffin, Peter Rowan, Prairie Prince Presents “Tommy,” Raise Your Voice, Robert Finley, Robyn Hitchcock: Electrospective, Rodney Crowell, Roky Erickson, Sammy Brue, Sera Cahoone, Songcatching Hazel feat. Eli West, Ismay & Paper Wings, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Steve Forbert, The Brothers Gibb, The Dead South, The Family Crest, The Flatlanders, The Go To Hell Man Band, The Greyboy Allstars, The Letterboxers feat. SF Middle Schoolers, The Lone Bellow, The Mastersons, The Wailin’ Jennys, Tim Barry, Tim O’Brien, Trampled by Turtles, Vetiver, Ween.