PREVIEW: Day One @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2011

Today marked the unofficial beginning to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the annual (and free) festival that brings thousands of people to Golden Gate Park each and every fall with tarps in tow and whiskey drinking on the brain. I say unofficial because really only MC Hammer played today as part of an educational outreach program, so tomorrow is really when the action begins.

The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival has become a cultural institution in the city and something that we music fans hardly take for granted (LULZ SEE WHAT I DID THERE). When a rich venture capitalist named Warren Helman decides to put aside a ton of money to bring a large scale music festival yearly and at no cost to the public full of great folk, Americana, blues, jazz, jamband and Buckethead fans, you know you’re in for a treat. And the fact that this happens annual and within an easy bike ride from my place in the Lower Haight, well it’s pretty clear that we’re spoiled here with festivals like this.

I’m heading down tomorrow morning after some coffee and a catch up on the news; read on for the artists I plan on seeing with some video previews of the action I’m likely to see. Who are you excited to see?!?

Friday, September 30th

Tomorrow starts off with THE King of Funky Drums, , and I couldn’t be happier about that. Let’s hope the sun is out and shining bright when his funky grooves fill the air at the Star Stage…