Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival ‘Let the Music Play On’ Charity Stream Set for 10/3 (Lineup/Details)


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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the annual San Francisco festival that is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, saw its in-person event cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic — only to announce an online version instead, and Let the Music Play On will take place Saturday, Oct. 3.

On Tuesday, the official lineup and details for the streaming event were announced, and it’ll be another excellent event … just tweaked significantly from what fans have come to expect from the in-person festival.

Per a news release:

The broadcast is a celebration of roots music, honoring the 20th anniversary of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and featuring new performances from legendary artists such as Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Bonnie Raitt and Steve Earle and the Halfgrass Dukes feat. Tim O’Brien and Dennis Crouch, to first time performers Birds of Chicago, Sierra Ferrell and Tré Burt and  returning performers Carrie Rodriguez, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. “I’ve been so lucky to be able to host a day on the Rooster Stage for the last six years or so and invite friends and acts that I just love and think people would adore,” says Buddy Miller. “This year, we’re doing the “Cavalcade of Stars” from my studio with a lot of those same people – Emmylou Harris, The War & Treaty, Ashley Monroe, Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert, The McCrary Sisters, and Jim Lauderdale.”  The performances will be accompanied by select archival moments and interviews highlighting the festival’s rich history.

The show will stream via  Circle TV, HardlyStrictlyBluegrass.com, HSB Facebook, YouTube and  Nugs.TV, giving folks tons of options with which to tune in and watch the performances.

There’s also a charitable aim of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2020, as the fest has announced a partnership with Artist Relief, a fund created by a coalition of national arts grantmakers, to support musicians affected by the COVID-19 crisis. In this partnership, the festival has donated $1 million in immediate relief for musicians across the country and will work with Artist Relief to raise awareness and funds for musicians affected by the COVID-19 crisis leading up to and during this year’s festival.


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