We are pleased to announce the full by-day lineup for this year! Shortly before we gather in the park we will share the detailed artist/stage/day schedule along with a print-at-home kit and online/mobile scheduler.

FRIDAY OCT 6 (Noon - 7pm)

SATURDAY OCT 7 (11am - 7pm)

Alison Brown & the Compass Bluegrass Allstars featuring Bobby Osborne, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Blackfoot Gypsies, Buddy Miller's Cavacade of Stars featuring Gurf Morlix, Bill Anderson, Lillie Mae, Dan Penn, Buddy Miller with The War and Treaty
, Colter Wall, Dan Auerbach, Gillian Welch, HSB Blues Revue featuring Sugar Ray Norcia, Annie Sampson, Chris Cain, Steve Freund, Austin deLone, Ruth Davies and Tony Braunagel, Hardly Strictly Silent Disco featuring Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, Steve Fabus, Deejay Theory, Tom Thump, DJ Phleck, DJ Tobiwan, Motion Potion, U9lift, Henry Rollins, Jamey Johnson, Justin Townes Earle, Midnight North, Moonalice, Nancy & The Lambchops, Ozomatli, Patty Griffin, Peter Rowan Dharma Blues featuring Jack Casady, Poncho Sanchez, Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven, Rising Appalachia, Robert Earl Keen, Robyn Hitchcock, Sam Outlaw, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Sturgill Simpson, The Brothers Comatose, The Go To Hell Man Band, The Nth Power, The Wood Brothers, Tim O'Brien Band, Tyler Childers, Willie Watson

SUNDAY OCT 8 (11am - 7pm)

Aaron Lee Tasjan, Big Freedia, Bob Mould Band, Cheap Trick, Ciaran Lavery, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile (and the Sea Lice), Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones, Emmylou Harris, Ghost of Paul Revere, Hardly Strictly Silent Disco featuring 4NR, Gordo Cabeza, DJ Alarm, Mophono, DJ Tyme, King Most, Motion Potion, Hot Tuna Electric, Jade Jackson, Jello Biafra, John Prine, Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls, Junior Brown, Kane Welch Kaplin, Lampedusa featuring Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, Lila Blue, Lucinda Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Marco & The Polos, Norbert Putnam and Friends, Ornette's Prime Time Band Reunion featuring Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Al MacDowell, Charlie Ellerbe, Badal Roy, Denardo Coleman with Special Guests David Murray, Wallace Roney & Marc Ribot
, Poor Man's Whiskey, Randy Newman, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Sisters Morales, The Brothers Gibb, The Flatlanders, The Secret Sisters, The Sons Of The Soul Revivers, The Well Known Strangers, Tyler Childers, Weyes Blood, Will Durst

Let us know who are you most excited to see by leaving a comment below!


HSB17 Medley #4

Find out who is playing this year by listening to our series of music medleys of confirmed acts over the coming weeks. Medleys are released first in our mobile app - download it now!
  • Sugar Ray Norcia
  • Ghost of Paul Revere
  • Aaron Lee Tasjan
  • Big Thief
  • Bill Anderson
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • Steve Freund
  • Mega Bog
  • Jesse Harris
  • Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors

HSB17 Medley #3

  • Conor Oberst
  • Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
  • Blackfoot Gypsies
  • Jade Jackson
  • Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express
  • Tracy Blackman
  • Peter Rowan Dharma Blues featuring Jack Casady
  • Foy Vance
  • Dry Branch Fire Squad
  • Tim O'Brien Band

HSB17 Medley #2

  • The Bo-Keys featuring Don Bryant and Percy Wiggins
  • Randy Newman
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • The Flatlanders
  • Gillian Welch
  • Poncho Sanchez
  • Sisters Morales
  • Nancy & the Lambchops
  • Ornette's Prime Time Band Reunion featuring Denardo Coleman, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Al MacDowell, Charlie Ellerbe, Badal Roy with special guests David Murray, Marc Ribot and Wallace Roney
  • Junior Brown

Click play below to listen to this week’s artist medley!

The HSB17 App Is Here!

Starting Tue, Aug 22 at 10 AM, our artist medleys will be released first in our brand new mobile app, and then posted here and on our Facebook/Twitter/Instagram the next day.
Download the app now to make sure you are among the first to know!
The app also will be your best resource before (and once you are in) the park with the latest news, schedule, artist bios,Spotify playlists, maps to stages, merch, info and more. We will also be using the app to send out important notifications. Get it today!
Download on the App Store Get It On Google Play

HSB17 Medley #1

  • The Secret Sisters
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls
  • Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines
  • The Sons Of The Soul Revivers
  • Justin Townes Earle
  • Rodney Crowell*
  • Gurf Morlix
  • Midnight North
  • The Nth Power

* Cancelled

R.I.P. Jimmy LaFave

Days after a grand, emotional goodbye with his sold-out Songwriter Rendezvous at the Paramount Theatre last Thursday, Austin songwriter Jimmy LaFave died Sunday, confirmed his label Music Road Records. He was 61. – Austin Chronicle    Read Article »

Our thoughts are with Jimmy LaFave’s family, friends & fans. Thank you for so many years of beautiful music. We will miss you.

Chris Hellman Day Today!

The City of San Francisco has proudly declared today, April 18th (Chris Hellman’s birthday), as Chris Hellman Day! We miss you & love you, Chris!


2017 Dates Announced!

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 dates for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass are Friday October 6th – Sunday October 8th

In Loving Memory of Patricia Christina “Chris” Hellman

We are saddened to announce that Patricia Christina “Chris” Hellman – artist, ballerina, philanthropist and wife of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman – passed away on Saturday, February 4th. Chris was a passionate supporter of the arts and that love came through in all aspects of her life. She was an avid painter and a tireless supporter of the San Francisco Ballet.

Born in London in 1933, Chris had a successful career as a prima ballerina with the London Festival Ballet before marrying Warren. They were together for 56 years before his death in 2011. Chris was the perfect foil for Warren in many ways but they both enjoyed a great sense of humor. She was often seen at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, on the stage wings or wandering among the throngs, with a twinkle in her eyes and smile on her face. When Warren picked up the banjo again in his mid-60s and put together bluegrass band the Wronglers, she was happy to sit in and sing on the occasional song. Chris and Warren’s love of philanthropy – especially programs promoting the arts, education and social equality – inspired the Hellman Foundation’s giving, which has awarded more than $25M since its founding in 2011.

In 2015, festival organizers discussed with the four adult Hellman children how to best pay tribute to Chris. The Star Stage was renamed the Swan Stage in honor of Chris and her successful ballet past, and her beautiful artwork was featured at the festival. Chris’ daughter, Tricia Hellman Gibbs, noted “We wanted to bring in a reminder of Mom’s spirit, beauty, artistry, and zany humor as a living presence at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. The many photos and the renaming of one of the stages after one of the great ballets Mom performed created just the perfect acknowledgement of her central place at the festival, and in the hearts of the many, many people who love her.” Her watercolors depicting botanicals at the height of their bloom seemed right at home in Golden Gate Park. The Swan stage has continued to be one of the most popular, hosting the likes of Cyndi Lauper & Kris Kristofferson this past year.

Now in its 17th year, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will continue to honor the traditions set forth by the generosity of Warren & Chris Hellman. This year the celebration will be held on October 6-8, 2017.

Among her many contributions to San Francisco arts and culture, Chris was Chair Emeritus of San Francisco Ballet; Chair of the San Francisco Arts Organization’s Task Force; a Board Member of the San Francisco Free Clinic – founded by her daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Tricia and Richard Gibbs; Trustee Emeritus for the Princess Grace Foundation – USA; a sustaining member of the Junior League; and a member of the San Francisco Symphony League.

Chris Hellman has four children, twelve grandchildren, and four great grandchildren who will miss her dearly.

Donations in Chris Hellman’s name may be made to the San Francisco Ballet (https://www.sfballet.org/) or the San Francisco Free Clinic (http://sffc.org/)


Listen to Chris with The Wronglers perform “Gold Watch and Chain” below.


Sharon Jones (1956-2016)

Here’s a glimpse at just one song from an amazing set of music in the park that Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings gifted us with back in 2010.

We shall miss Sharon and her energy, dedication and spirit.