The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has announced its 2011 , featuring HSB mainstays like Bela Fleck, , , and , alongside less bluegrass-ey artists like , , , Fitz & the Tantrums, & the Violators, and (no, seriously; he’s running the annual children’s program). The three-day is FREE and will take place September 30th through October 2nd in (at the Speedway Meadow).

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2011 Lineup:

A.A. Bondy

Bela Fleck
Bill Kirchen
Bill Orcutt
Blame Sally

Conspiracy of Beards


Dive Bar Dukes
& the Lower 911

Earl Scruggs

Fitz & the Tantrums
Frank Fairfield

Guy Clark &


Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock
Joe Purdy

Jolie Holland

Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin

& Merle Haggard
& the Violators
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands

(Thursday Children’s Program)

Nell & Jim Nunally & Their All-Star Band

Otis Clay special guest Chick Rodgers
Over the Rhine

PMW (Thursday Children’s Program)
featuring Chris Thile
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys

& of Joy
& Horses
Seamus Kennedy
Seldom Scene
Simon Joyner
South Memphis String Band
Southern Culture on the Skids
and the Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring
The Belle Brigade

The Band & The

The Jayhawks
The Anthem

The Swanson
The Wronglers Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Those Darlins

Wendy Bird


This looks solid and the price is definitely right. Win!

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