Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013 Attack Plan


The 13th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival hits San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this weekend, October 4-6. As the free event offers a typically overwhelming buffet of musical options – Steve Earle & the Dukes, The Flatlanders, Robert Earl Keen, Sturgill Simpson, and Natalie Maines will be performing simultaneously on different stages at one point on Saturday – we are once again publishing our own recommended itinerary. While there are any number of different ways you could play it, here’s where we’d be if we were around for the duration of the festival.


1:15 to 2:05 – Freakwater at Arrow Stage
2:35 to 3:45 – Seldom Scene at Banjo Stage
4:15 to 5:15 – Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band at Banjo Stage
5:45 to 7:00 – Bonnie Raitt at Banjo Stage


11:00 to 11:40 – The Go to Hell Man Clan at Rooster Stage
12:10 to 12:55 – Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale at Rooster Stage
1:25 to 2:15 – Tim O’Brien w/ Bryan Sutton and Mike Bub at Banjo Stage
2:45 to 3:55 – Holler Down the Hollow: A Hardly Strictly Salute to the Masters (featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Jim Lauderdale, Jerry Douglas and more) at Banjo Stage
4:05 to 5:00 – Patty Griffin at Rooster Stage
6:05 to 6:50 – Sturgill Simpson at Porch Stage


11:00 to 11:40 – Shovels & Rope at Arrow Stage
12:05 to 12:55 – Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands at Banjo Stage
1:25 to 2:35 – Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers w/ Edie Brickell at Banjo Stage
3:05 to 3:55 – Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott at Banjo Stage
4:00 to 5:00 – Chris Isaak at Star Stage
5:00 to 5:50 – The Time Jumpers at Towers of Gold Stage
5:45 to 7:00 – Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell at Banjo Stage

Here’s a graphical representation of our picks so you can see what the other options were at a given time. The below is, of course, just a modified version of the printable Hardly Strictly schedule available at the event website. You can click the image for a closer, and hopefully more readable, view.



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