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Can Hardly Wait Until Hardly Strictly!

For those of you who don’t already know about the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival happening in Golden Gate Park this weekend, where the heck have you been? Hiding under a rock?

This is only the biggest, and not to mention FREE Bluegrass Festival in the entire country! From Friday, September 30th until Sunday, October 2nd, hundreds of bands jamming out on tambourines, washboards, banjos and even ukuleles will take over the lower half of the cities infamous Golden Gate Park. With six stages and 750,000 attendees, it’s kind of hard to miss. It’s even harder to figure out what shows you want to see and which ones you may have to skip.

Some of the biggest acts of the weekend are: Bright Eyes, Robert Plant, The Mother Hips, The Devil Makes Three, Chris Isaak, Thurston Moore, and a whole lot more! For a full list of the bands and performers see: The shows run from 11 am – 7 pm all three days. And if you are really antsy, you can even check out MC Hammer pre-game on Thursday from 10:30 – 12 pm, as he “prays” and teaches kids some educational stuff about gospel music and the good Lord above. For all the rest of you, get ready to kick your heels up and dance to some bluegrass in the grass all weekend long!

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 
Friday, September 30th – Sunday, October 2nd 
11 am-7 pm
FREE entrance all days
Golden Gate Park (John F Kennedy Drive and Marx Meadow Drive)

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Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger

Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger

Originally from San Diego, Heidi migrated north to study journalism at SFSU and interned for the SF Bay Guardian writing music stuff. She later embarked on a study-abroad program in both Denmark and Holland, and basically never came home. For six long years, she froze her ass off in Oslo, Norway, pretending to be a viking princess, trying to figure out how to survive in the most expensive city in the world. The other two years were spent frolicking on the beach in Spain - sipping on sangria in between being tossed around Europe working as a stressed-out journalist. Heidi currently works at for a non-profit cultural exchange program, helping others experience life from a different perspective. She is thrilled to be back in SF, magnetizing the obscure, and scavenging the city for fun, free things to do.