Barely Strictly Bluegrass holds the festival’s second virtual edition – CBS San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF / BCN) – The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival kicked off a virtual version of the festival for the second year in a row on Friday, showing live and recorded performances.
The festival – themed “Come What May” – kicked off the first of three days of performances at 1pm Friday afternoon with an ensemble from the Hawktail bluegrass quartet. The three days of musical performances will include appearances from former HSB regulars, including post-punk great Bob Mold (who happens to be playing a headlining show in person at the August room on Friday evening), Ani Di Franco, the favorite of alternative folklore, the great soul gospel Mavis Staples and the perennial headliners Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris.
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When the pandemic forced the festival online last year, organizers taped a three-hour show called “Let the Music Play On” hosted by San Francisco songwriter Chuck Prophet that collected more than one million views and $ 500,000 in donations for Artist Relief, an initiative providing emergency grants to artists during the pandemic.
The show went on to boost a web series titled âLet the Music Play and Continueâ which released 15 episodes between November 2020 and June 2021.
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The first day of this year’s virtual festival also coincides with the launch of HSB TV for Roku and Apple TV users. Once the app is downloaded and users create a free account, they will be able to enjoy full episodes of “Come What May”, filmed in New Orleans and San Francisco in the spring of 2021 with six artists and their collaborators from both cities. . . In addition, over 20 hours of content, including the critically acclaimed âLet The Music Play Onâ in 2020, will be available.
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Before the pandemic, the annual event held at Golden Gate Park typically attracted more than 750,000 attendees each year.