The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival has announced its 2011 lineup, featuring HSB mainstays like Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, and Robert Plant, alongside less bluegrass-ey artists like Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Buckethead, Fitz & the Tantrums, Kurt Vile & the Violators, and MC Hammer (no, seriously; he’s running the annual children’s program). The three-day music festival is FREE and will take place September 30th through October 2nd in Golden Gate Park (at the Speedway Meadow).

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2011 Lineup:

A.A. Bondy
Abigail Washburn
Alison Brown Quartet
Bela Fleck
Bill Kirchen
Bill Orcutt
Blame Sally
Bob Mould
Bright Eyes
Broken Social Scene
Buddy Miller
Cass McCombs
Charlie Musselwhite
Chris Isaak
Conspiracy of Beards
Dark Star Orchestra
David Bromberg Quartet
Dive Bar Dukes
Dr. John & the Lower 911
Dry Branch Fire Squad
Earl Scruggs
Emmylou Harris
Fitz & the Tantrums
Frank Fairfield
Gillian Welch
Greensky Bluegrass
Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson
Hot Buttered Rum
Irma Thomas
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock
Joe Purdy
John Prine
Jolie Holland
Jonathan Wilson
Justin Townes Earle
Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin
Kieran Kane
Kris Kristofferson & Merle Haggard
Kurt Vile & the Violators
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
M. Ward
MC Hammer (Thursday Children’s Program)
Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally & Their All-Star Band
Otis Clay with special guest Chick Rodgers
Over the Rhine
Patty Griffin
PMW (Thursday Children’s Program)
Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys
Reckless Kelly
Ricky Skaggs
River Whyless
Robert Earl Keen
Robert Plant & the Band of Joy
Robyn Hitchcock
Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses
Seamus Kennedy
Seldom Scene
Simon Joyner
South Memphis String Band
Southern Culture on the Skids
Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer
The Band of Heathens
The Belle Brigade
The Blind Boys of Alabama
The Civil Wars
The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Devil Makes Three
The Felice Brothers
The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely
The Jayhawks
The Low Anthem
The Mother Hips
The Swanson Family Band
The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Those Darlins
Thurston Moore
Wendy Bird
Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer

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