Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2011
Perhaps no one is better suited in the band name category for the campy wilderness of Golden Gate Park, venue for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival this weekend, than Brooklyn’s Woods. Their sound — a psych-y lo-fi mix of charming melodies and fuzzy, seizuring guitar lines — should also match up well with the hallowed outdoor space. The band has caught the attention of various taste-makers with its last three albums: the experimental and folky Songs of Shame, the backyard tripper minimalist jamming of At Echo Lake and their slightly more polished and accessible Sun and Shade.
This is the year that cements Warren Hellman, creator and soul behind the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, as the coolest septuagenarian in the land. Coming to Golden Gate Park for three days–September 30 through October 2–the 2011 lineup, just announced today, is stunningly, mind-bogglingly awesome. On a side note: Buckethead is performing. The weirdest addition to HSB's lineup in years? Quite possibly. Here are the highlights (both big and small) you'll find us clawing our way to the front of the crowd for.....and there's still more to be announced!