Sunday, October 2, 2011
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass...half-naked music buffs perform ritual tribal dance! Emmylou Harris headlines today!
Half-naked tattoed music-lovers joyously danced up a storm and got down 'n dirty, vendors conjured up mouth-watering munchies and finger-licking snacks, and an eclectic roster of talented bands inspired all to party-hearty 'til the sun was but a faint golden orb in the western sky.
The 2nd day into the "Hardly Strictly Bluegrass" festival a record number of music fans continued to swarm into the picturesque "slice of heaven" that is Golden Gate Park.
At one point, I gazed skyward and was awestruck by a grove of grand old shade trees which framed fluffy whimsical clouds that playfully beckoned from above.
In fact, the setting was perfect for the annual Bluegrass outing just a hop-and-a-skip away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city by the Bay.
Some revellers streamed into the park on foot after gingerly alighting from packed Muni trains, while others elected to throw caution to the wind and park their cars haphazardly at the entrance -at which point - they embarked on an invigorating nature walk to the concert grounds deep in the pulsating heart of the park.
Occasionally, I spied adventurous folks slipping into the bushes at the side of the trail to take a whiz when nature called.
Independent "businessmen" flogged cold beer at $4 a pop, while other enterprising opportunists offered up "weed" in tidly little stow-a-way packages for a song.
Warren Hellman, the Bluegrass Festival's benefactor, also put in a much-ballyhooed appearance on stage with his band of note "The Wronglers".
Despite the throngs, the mood remained harmonious, upbeat, fun-loving, and downright joyous throughout the day and into the long romantic night!
Today (Sunday October 2nd) the exciting musical lineup includes the Jayhawks, Hot Buttered Rum, Dr. John, Dark Star Orchestra, Mother Hips, Bela Fleck, to name a few.
Emmylou Harris - who headlines later this afternoon - is expected to be a big draw on (closing) Day 3.
See 'ya there!