In Loving Memory of Claude Shade


When Warren first mentioned that someone from Goodby Silverstein was designing our inaugural Strictly Bluegrass poster we were surprised.  We expected something more organic.  Then we saw some of Claude’s work and understood.  It was original, he embodied something very unique and it could only be expressed through his eyes.

Claude designed every poster for the festival from 2001-2015.  It was a process.  Deadlines were not something he particularly addressed.  We could stress all we wanted but in the end we were always blown away with his finished product.

To say that he was a photographer does not do justice to his talent. He was a character; an artist without pretense.  He was genuinely fun to be around, usually smiling at you while his eyes were illuminating elsewhere.  It was how he viewed the world and how he shared his mindset with the rest of us.

The void Claude left when he passed away last week won’t ever be filled.  We are devastated to lose a friend and visionary who shared his passion with us.  Claude was warm, funny, clever and irreverent.  When I read Jeff Goodby describe him as “All Rick Moranis on the outside & Tom Waits on the inside” I smiled, he captured Claude’s spirit precisely.

We were extremely fortunate to have Claude as a colleague and friend.  His contributions to the festival will be with us always. – Sheri Sternberg & Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

2015 Webcast Archives Available

The festival may be over, but you can still relive the magic by visiting our webcast archives! We have over 30 sets of amazing music to enjoy (with more still to come)!  Check it all out in the Webcast Archive!

Thank you everyone for another great year!

It was another year of fantastic music and people in Golden Gate Park! We hope you were able to come and join us! Visit the Webcast Archive to watch sets you missed (or re-live ones you did see).

HSB Volunteer Signups Open!

Volunteer sign-ups for this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival are in full swing! We are looking for positive, capable music lovers to join us in making this year the best yet. Positions are available in a variety of departments, including decor, recycling, hospitality, and more. In exchange for your time and effort, you’ll receive an exclusive commemorative t-shirt.

Visit for our volunteer sign-up form, choose a few shifts, and we’ll go from there!

HSB Webcast Archives

Relive much of previous year’s festivals by visiting the archives of artists from Banjo, Arrow, Star and Tower stages! Use the webcast page to select by day, by stage, or by band or artist name.

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