September is over, it's finally summer summer in San Francisco and somewhere in the city, Emmylou Harris is drinking a cup of tea. Put all those things together and it can mean only one thing: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass starts today.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is the only music festival you ever need to go to. It's free, for one thing, a gift to the city from the late Warren Hellman, and it is in Golden Gate Park at the only time of year when it is possible that Golden Gate Park isn't freezing cold and covered in fog. Also: you can bring your own alcohol. Also, see above, Emmylou Harris plays every year and she WILL rip your heart out.
This year the festival is filled with amazing acts. Right now, as I stand at my standing desk at work, I am missing MC Hammer. Let me repeat that: MC HAMMER! Let's all make a pact not to miss one more single thing. To that end, I have rounded-up the most important local guides to the festival. Read them, right after you watch the band First Aid Kit (playing today at 4:30pm) play their song "Emmylou" (the real Emmylou is playing on Sunday at 5:45pm). And guys, let's not get cocky. Don't forget to bring a sweater!