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Strictly Bluegrass, Live Webcast from Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, October 4-6, 2013, 13th Year
For three days, there has been a live Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
This is one of the prime bluegrass festivals in the country. It was this weekend in San Francisco, and it was in the Journal-World, but not where most readers could find it. Readers' blogs don't get coverage in the Journal World, and citizen journalism, which was so prevalent in the past, is almost completely gone. As far as I can tell, the Journal-World does not want citizen journalists - even though, for many papers in the U.S., it is one of the most read features of the newspaper online.
750,000 people crowded Golden Gate Park this weekend to experience the bluegrass festival.
The event was tremendous and it was completely free. After each day's session, I drove home (very slowly due to San Francisco traffic). The weather was beautiful, as well - everything was perfect this time for the festival. I was amazed at the thousands of young people who left the park - walking or taking the bus, for which they had waited forever. This led me to think that there was a very good thing which comes from this - thousands of young people may have experienced bluegrass for the first time - and the young people I talked with REALLY liked it! They came from all over the United States and Europe.
Even if you missed the live performances on the internet, you can see all the major acts from this festival repeated on video in Golden Gate Park at any time. Take a look - and enjoy hearing and watching these wonderful performers.
There are four stages which were broadcast live. Try all of them - Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Go to the following web site:
Next year, if things go right, I am going to take part in getting live streaming to a very important bluegrass festival in Kansas - but it will have to be worked out, and sponsors located, before I can announce it.
Bluegrass schedule, live from each stage for all three days:
Friday October 4
Banjo Stage 12 p.m. Jesse Dee 1:15 p.m. Jesse DeNatale 2:35 p.m. Seldom Scene 4:15 p.m. Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band featuring Yunchen Lhamo 5:45 p.m. Bonnie Raitt
Arrow Stage 12 p.m. Manchester Orchestra 1:15 p.m. Freakwater 2:35 p.m. Low 4:15 p.m. Father John Misty 5:45 p.m. Calexico
Rooster Stage 12 p.m. Jake Bellows 1 p.m. The Cave Singers 2:10 p.m. The Felice Brothers 3:20 p.m. The Evens 4:30 p.m. First Aid Kit 5:45 p.m. Conor Oberst
Saturday, October 5
Porch Stage 11 a.m. Supermule 12:10 p.m. Paul Kelly 1:25 p.m. Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside 2:40 p.m. Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys 3:50 p.m. Joy Kills Sorrow 4:50 p.m. Martha Wainwright 6:05 p.m. Sturgill Simpson
Banjo Stage 11 a.m. Spirit Family Reunion 12:10 p.m. Alison Brown 1:25 p.m. Tim O'Brien with Bryan Sutton and Mike Bub 2:45 p.m. Holler Down the Hollow - A Hardly Strictly Salute to the Masters 4:25 p.m. The Jerry Douglas Band 5:45 p.m. Steve Earle and the Dukes
Arrow Stage 11 a.m. Kat Edmonson 12:05 p.m. The Handsome Family 1:20 p.m. G. Love and Special Sauce 2:40 p.m. Elvin Bishop 4:05 p.m. The Forest Rangers with Katey Sagal 5:35 p.m. The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock
Rooster Stage 11 a.m. The Go to Hell Man Clan 12 p.m. Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale 1:25 p.m. Mark Lanegan 2:45 p.m. Loudon Wainwright III 4:05 p.m. Patty Griffin 5:30 p.m. Robert Earl Keen
Star Stage 11 a.m. LP 12:30 p.m. Jon Langford and Skull Orchard Acoustic/Freakons 2:10 p.m. Dave Alvin with Greg Leisz 3:55 p.m. Boz Scaggs 5:45 p.m. Natalie Maines
Towers of Gold Stage 11:40 a.m. Sonny and the Sunsets 1:20 p.m. Bettye LaVette 3:05 p.m. Nick Lowe 4:45 p.m. Los Lobos Disconnected
Sunday, October 6
Porch Stage 11 a.m. The Deep Dark Woods 12:10 a.m. Della Mae 1:25 p.m. Evolfo Doofeht 2:40 p.m. The Warren Hood Band 3:55 p.m. Pieta Brown 5:10 p.m. Tift Merritt 6:20 p.m. Robert Ellis
Banjo Stage 11 a.m. Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue 12:05 p.m. Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 1:25 p.m. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell 3:05 p.m. Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott 4:25 p.m. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys 5:45 p.m. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Arrow Stage 11 a.m. Shovels and Rope 12:05 p.m. Moonalice 1:25 p.m. The Brothers Comatose 2:45 p.m. The Devil Makes Three 4:10 p.m. Trampled By Turtles 5:45 p.m. The String Cheese Incident
Rooster Stage 11 a.m. Tumbleweed Wanderers 12:05 p.m. Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane and Fats Kaplin 1:20 p.m. Ryan Bingham 2:35 p.m. Kate McGarrigle Tribute with Martha and Sloan Wainwright 4:25 p.m. Buddy Miller 5:45 p.m. The Wood Brothers
Star Stage 11 a.m. Dry Branch Fire Squad 12:30 p.m. Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers 2:20 p.m. Justin Townes Earle 4 p.m. Chris Isaak 5:50 p.m. Gogol Bordello
Towers of Gold Stage 11:45 a.m. Allah-Las 1:20 p.m. Richard Thompson 3:10 p.m. Billy Bragg 5 p.m. The Time Jumpers
A wonderful link to the men and women who made all this possible, F. Warren Hellman; Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Hazel Dickens. Without F. Warren Hellman and his bold philanthropic thinking, none of this would be possible - yesterday or today.
To quote his words,
"What does move me is the philanthropic stuff," he told Forbes magazine in 2006. "Giving really does move me. Part of it is selfish. It's fun to be appreciated. But the other part is that good things really are growing." He called the bluegrass festival a "selfish gift," one that he, the musicians and the community could all enjoy. "How could you have more fun than that? What the hell is money for if it isn't for something like that?"
And, in case you don't know what bluegrass is, here is a very good article on bluegrass music.
It's time we have bluegrass sponsors in Kansas!