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October 3, 2020

Let the Music Play On

By: Laurie Gallardo

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass would usually be drawing in the crowds the first week of October at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Obviously, that’s not happening this year, but don’t think for a second that they’d skip out on celebrating their 20th anniversary in style.

HSB is honoring all the incredible performances and experiences from years past with a special livestream broadcast, Let The Music Play On, which also happens to include several Austin artists on the grand bill. As a matter of fact, most of the performances you get to see this weekend were filmed at iconic venues here in the ATX, as well as Nashville and San Francisco.

And did the Austin Music Minute emphasize the spectacular line-up?! This is no small feat. These are but a few to list: Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Earle, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, Los Coast, Carrie Rodriguez, Amythyst Kiah, Jim Lauderdale, The War and Treaty, John Doe, Patty Griffin, Fantastic Negrito, Shakey Graves, Yola (featured on today’s AMM) and many more.

You’ll also get to see special archived material and get some insight into the history of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Let the Music Play On starts at 4 p.m. (Central) today, Saturday October 3, on the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass website, Circle TV, Nugs, Luck Stream, and Facebook Live. The livestream is free, but donations may be made to the Artist Relief Fund, supporting musicians across the country.

-Art courtesy of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.


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