Golden Gate Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon is quite nice to hang out in and relax. The park is large and a great place to go for a walk and explore. This past weekend though the park was invaded by the music of bluegrass. The patrons of San Francisco and people from all around California flooded the lawns of Golden Gate Park for the best festival of the year. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is a festival comprised of folk, bluegrass, and even some gypsy punk bands throughout the weekend. Now sadly we were not able to go the entire weekend due to work conflicts and Sunday was the only day that we both had off to go explore this free festival.
Now if any of you have been to an event or festival in San Francisco you know that they attract some crazy characters. With a festival like this you are not going to find your stereotypical Hipster, but you will find your classic San Franciscan dirty hippie and plenty of them, also of course your standard crustie, and many more characters all drinking beer while enjoying the music. Ashley and I are not the earliest of risers so we made it to the festival around mid afternoon. We came prepared with two 6 packs in the backpack and a couple of flasks filled with Irish whiskey, all prepared for a good afternoon with friends.
I would recommend this festival for anybody who likes bluegrass and anybody really who likes music and the outdoors. For the first part it is free, it last all weekend long and they always have a great lineup of bands. Now there are 6 stages spread out across the festival ground with music always playing. Ashley and I were able to start out the day with some classic bluegrass from Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott. Laying on the grass with your shoes off and cold beer going down easily is always fun and put it with the picking of a banjo and guitar duet and life seems pretty carefree. After putting a few beers down and a couple of sliders, oh and talking to a guy who practices Dudeism, the number one religion from The Big Lebowski, it was time to move on to the main show.
We met up with Ashley’s friend Jessica and a few of her friends and headed over to another stage for a band I never heard of, but they rocked the house and everybody was there to see them. Their name was Gogol Bordello! They absolutely rocked the park with their Gypsy/Punk style music. They had us all up and dancing around, drinking our beer and whiskey. Everybody was going crazy during their set. It was a blast and worth the trip to see it all.
Now I wished I could have gone all weekend. My liver is thankful I am sure, that I only went for one day but I wish we could have seen more of it. The two bands I saw though were worth it and made our weekend. I would recommend this festival to everybody and can definitely bet that I will be back for the whole weekend next year.
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