SF Rec and Park Celebrates 14th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Free Concerts in Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will be celebrating the 14th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, a festival of free concerts in Golden Gate Park featuring more than 100 musical artists on seven stages throughout the upcoming weekend starting on Friday, October 3, 2014.  Every year, more than 750,000 people come to San Francisco to enjoy the three-day free music festival.  For more information about the festival and concert line-up, please visit website at http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2014/schedule/.  A print-from-home festival info kit that includes band bios, map and schedule, is now available online so concert goers can head into the park well-prepared.  In addition, to celebrate Warren Hellman’s spirit, the Festival is hosting a pop-up museum in his honor this year – featuring memorabilia collected over his lifetime, including mementos from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass as well.


“At the 14th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, we remember Warren Hellman who inspired many and gave and continues to give the City, the gift of music, fun, and community bonding even after his passing,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.  “So let’s get out and enjoy the music!”


“The sun is shining and we’re so ready for another amazing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass,” said Tracey Buck from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.  “Many thanks to Warren Hellman and his incredible gift to us all, we are looking forward to a beautiful weekend of music in the park, and as Warren would say… hot dog!”


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival launched in 2001, has been supported by philanthropist, Warren Hellman and family.  The festival honors American music and inspires music lovers and the San Francisco communities.  Before his passing in 2011, Mr. Hellman began the tradition of holding special pre-festival concerts for thousands of San Francisco school children in Golden Gate Park.  The tradition continues.


Mr. Hellman once said, “You give where you live” and he lived that motto to its fullest, supporting numerous causes, institutions and projects that make San Francisco a better place to live and visit.  He was born in New York City and grew up in San Francisco.  He attended Lowell High School and the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Business School.  He spent much of his career on the East Coast before returning to San Francisco and eventually founding Hellman & Friedman LLC.


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