October 2 – Day Three at Hardly Strictly
Playlist for the day:
Dry Branch Fire Squad
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys
Our last full day in San Francisco was spent eating in french bistros, enjoying some incredible performances at Hardly Strictly and heading to Alamo Square to re-enact our favourite Full House moments. It was amazing to finally see Bela Fleck perform – he was one of the leading experimental banjo players out there and he can play just about anything. The Blind Boys of Alabama were so cool to hear. I am still blown away by the level of talent that performed at the Banjo Stage over the past three days. After we left the festival we explored Chestnut St near our motel and enjoyed some fabulous sushi and more OYSTERS. We stumbled across this hi-tech frozen yogurt & gelato place that was just to die for. Sometimes late at night I still think about that pumpkin gelato….
September 30 – Day One of Hardly Strictly
Playlist of the Day:
David Bromberg Quartet
Del McCoury & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
*caught a bit of Southern Culture on the Skids
What an amazing first day at the festival. It was incredible to see thousands of people at each stage enjoying such fabulous music, sharing picnic blankets and wine, and just living that Friday to the fullest. We mainly hung out the Banjo Stage where some of the most exciting acts were playing. Definitely my highlight of the day was Del McCoury & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. I actually met some of them this past week at work when they were playing in Calgary and I was taking photos of their tour of Cantos. Very cool.
Our last show of the day was Chris Isaak over at the Star Stage. Byron and I were goofing off, dancing to his songs when all of a sudden he was like RIGHT BESIDE US. He had a wireless mic and a ton of bodyguards and he stood up on someones cooler and sang a bit. Then he walked right past us and I totally squeezed his bicep. Like a creepy fan girl. It was so worth it. As you can see in the photos below, I was not the only woman swooning to the ground that day.
We are off to San Francisco later this week to attend the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival! As usual I am trying to figure out the easiest way to pack the least amount of stuff but still able to look somewhat stylish and not entirely like a hobo. I found some great autumn inspiration on Pinterest to help me sort out my wardrobe for the trip.