F. Warren Hellman, Beloved Father, Husband, Brother; Private Equity Pioneer; Founder of San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
(July 25, 1934 – December 18, 2011)

“What does move me is the philanthropic stuff,” he told Forbes magazine in 2006. “Giving really does move me. Part of it is selfish. It’s fun to be appreciated. But the other part is that good things really are growing.”

He called the bluegrass gathering a “selfish gift,” one that he, the musicians and the community could all enjoy.

“How could you have more fun than that? What the hell is money for if it isn’t for something like that?”

December 21, 2011

There was a beautiful and moving memorial for Warren, including speeches from his friends, sister, children and grandchildren plus performances by Emmylou Harris and The Wronglers at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco.
» Watch the entire service by clicking here.

February 12, 2012

The 2012 Grammy Awards In Memoriam feature included Warren Hellman
and Hazel Dickens.
» Watch the Grammy’s In Memoriam Feature here.

February 19, 2012

Thank you to everyone who came out in huge numbers and joined us remotely through our live stream! It was an emotional day full of great music and fond memories. We are happy to continue to present a video archive of the event, featuring performances by Emmylou Harris, Robert Earl Keen, Old Crow Medicine Show, Boz Scaggs, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle & others.
» Watch the entire celebration concert by clicking here.

Chris Hellman (1933 – 2017)

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. Read more…

Otis Clay (1942 – 2016)

We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Otis Clay over the weekend. His performance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 11 was incredible, and we hope you’ll take a moment to watch him in action. His full set (with special guest Chick Rodgers) is available HERE.

Doc Watson (1923 – 2012)

We were extremely heartbroken to learn that one of the founding fathers of bluegrass, Doc Watson, has passed away. He was 89 years old. We have had the great honor of Doc gracing our stages in 2005, 2007, 2009 & 2010. Doc once said of his own father – “One day he brought a banjo to me and put it in my hand and said, ‘Son, I want you to learn how to play this thing real well…It might help you get through the world.'” Indeed. Rest in Peace Doc, and thank you for all you’ve done.

» Watch this video of Doc at HSB 2010.

» www.docsguitar.com

Earl Scruggs (1924 – 2012)

In March 2012, we lost another legend and member of the HSB family. Earl played HSB every year from 2005 to 2011 – we will miss you, Earl! earlscruggs.com

Hazel Dickens (1935 – 2011)

From the first HSB (when it was still called Strictly Bluegrass) in 2001 all the way through 2010, it was an honor and a pleasure to have Hazel grace our stages. An incredible woman and an amazing voice. She will be sadly missed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazel_Dickens