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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass announces 2014 lineup

For those who recently returned from San Francisco’s Outside Lands ... don’t put away that lawn blanket just yet.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, that magnificent (and free) concert in Golden Gate Park, has announced its 2014 lineup. Running Oct. 3-5, the festival hosts more than 100 acts performing across seven stages.

A quick scan of the bill offers plenty of reasons to start planning a trip to the city – an assortment of acts new and legendary, as well as bands that push against expectations of inclusion.

A sampling: Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams (on the heels of the release of his new self-titled record), Dawes, Jason Isbell, Lucinda Williams, T Bone Burnett, Yo La Tengo, Social Distortion, X, Connor Oberst, The Flatlanders (featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock), Tweedy, The Lone Bellow and many, many more.

Here’s the complete lineup as ordered on the festival’s website:

Rose’s Pawn Shop

The Lone Bellow

Lucinda Williams

Holler Down The Hollow: A Hardly Strictly Salute To the Masters (Dickens, Hellman, Reed, Scruggs, Seeger, Watson & Winchester)

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

Rosanne Cash

Reckless Kelly

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Blue Rodeo

Carlene Carter

Bad Luck Jonathan

Built To Spill

Kevin Welch

Kieran Kane & Fats Kaplin

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

The Felice Brothers

The Aquabats! (Friday morning middle school program)

Cibo Matto

Conor Brings Friends For Friday Featuring: Waxahatchee

The Good Life

Jonathan Wilson

Sharon Van Etten


Conor Oberst

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones

Jason Isbell

The Apache Relay

Dwight Yoakam

Robbie Fulks

Red Baraat

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Caitlin Rose

Steve Earle & The Dukes

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express ‘Strings In The Temple’

The High Bar Gang

Chuck Cannon

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Deltron 3030 with The 3030 Orchestra

Jesse DeNatale

Social Distortion

Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester

The Mastersons


Poor Man’s Whiskey (Friday morning middle school program)

Willie Watson

Lake Street Dive

Hot Rize Featuring Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers

The McCrary Sisters, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings

T Bone Burnett

Emmylou Harris

Chris Isaak

Alison Brown Quintet

Sun Kil Moon

The Time Jumpers Featuring Vince Gill

Kenny Sears

Dawn Sears and Ranger Doug Green

The Go To Hell Man Clan

Dry Branch Fire Squad

Rising Appalachia

The Sam Chase, Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun

Mavis Staples

Dave Rawlings Machine

The Flatlanders Featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock

John Prine

Justin Townes Earle

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


Buddy Miller’s Cavalcade of Stars: Kate York Striking Matches, Nikki Lane, Shawn Colvin, Tony Joe White, Buddy Miller & Friends

The Waybacks

Hurray For The Riff Raff

Buckwheat Zydeco

Sarah Jarosz

Malawi Mouse Boys

Ryan Adams

Bruce Cockburn


Peter Rowan’s Twang An' Groove

Evolfo Doofeht

Yo La Tengo

Parker Millsap

Robert Earl Keen

Chris Smither

X Acoustic

Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real

Shelly Colvin

Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys