Photos from the Barely Strict Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco

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(L to R) Jane Glass and Joe Rafferty dance to Sam Bush on the banjo stage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
(L to R) Jane Glass and Joe Rafferty dance to Sam Bush on the banjo stage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

We are in the depths San Francisco Festival season. with outside the territory A distant memory and some residents Ears are still ringing From Portolathe next big Music The event that has taken over the city arrives this weekend.

Barely bluegrass accuratelyFounded in 2001, is a free three-day festival in Golden Gate Park funded by a foundation set up by the late investment banker Warren Hellman. As the name suggests, the event is somewhat gender-neutral, although the performers lean more toward the roots and the Americana side of the musical spectrum. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 editions of the festival have been canceled and replaced with concert broadcasts (this version will also be viewable online). Music starts at 11am on Saturday and Sunday, and the last band concludes at 7pm

Allison Russell performs at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
Allison Russell performs at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

One thing that stands out strictly is that it is a more fluid event than most other festivals. There is safety, of course, but attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and take a picnic. It’s basically the final day at the park, with soundtracks from dozens of nationally recognized bands (and people are allowed to bring their dogs).

Konstantin Kossoff at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Show at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.

Konstantin Kossoff at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Show at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.

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On Friday, the crowd was noticeably more mature than most of the other festivals, a true San Franciscan fabric whose tie-dyed shirts are probably larger than many of the Outside Lands attendees. Although performers like Allison Russell drew crowds in the thousands, the grounds of Golden Gate Park still seemed spacious, and the bathroom and food lines were nicely short.

Here are the best photos from the festival, check back later this week for more action.

(From left to right) Erin Chapin, Kaitlyn Judy, and Vanessa May of the Rainbow Girls perform at the Towers of Gold Stage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
(From left to right) Erin Chapin, Kaitlyn Judy, and Vanessa May of the Rainbow Girls perform at the Towers of Gold Stage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

(from left to right) Ray Benson and Dennis Ludiker of Asleep at the Wheel perform on the Banjo Stage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
(from left to right) Ray Benson and Dennis Ludiker of Asleep at the Wheel perform on the Banjo Stage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

A festival-goer applauds for her performance of 'Slip in the Wheel' in the film Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
A festival-goer applauds for her performance of ‘Slip in the Wheel’ in the film Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

atma dasa at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
atma dasa at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

(From left to right) Doug Frushi and Kari Tribeca at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
(From left to right) Doug Frushi and Kari Tribeca at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

(Left) Rich, Bob Powell, and Pixie Hemfield at Barely Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
(Left) Rich, Bob Powell, and Pixie Hemfield at Barely Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

SG Goodman performed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
SG Goodman performed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

Ryan Gustafson of The Dead Tongues performs at the Bandwagon Theater at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
Ryan Gustafson of The Dead Tongues performs at the Bandwagon Theater at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

Joel Leung at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
Joel Leung at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

Festival-goers watch a performance at the Swan Theater at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
Festival-goers watch a performance at the Swan Theater at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

(L to R) Abi Black, Alex Yost and ZuZu at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
(L to R) Abi Black, Alex Yost and ZuZu at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

Joy Oladokun performs at the Towers of Gold Theater at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
Joy Oladokun performs at the Towers of Gold Theater at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

The Sam Bush Ensemble performs at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Concert at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.
The Sam Bush Ensemble performs at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Concert at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on September 30, 2022.Douglas Zimmermann/Svgat

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