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Ground Control Touring Artists Play at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Ground Control Touring Artists Play at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Posted 10/04/2011

Bright Eyes, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Justin Townes Earle, Kurt Vile & The Violators, M. Ward, Woods, Thurston Moore, and The Felice Brothers took the stage at this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. The free festival spanned from September 30th through October 2nd on six stages at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

SF Weekly spoke highly of Justin Townes Earle’s Saturday afternoon set,especially his solo acoustic performance that included a cover of Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “My Starter Won’t Start.” For the final song, Justin’s father Steve Earle lent a hand on “Harlem River Blues.”

Thurston Moore delivered a set that Joshua Zucker of The San Francisco Chronicle described as a “deliciously electic set of songs,” and that although this was an acoustic band, “Moore has not lost any of the bluster or reduced his expressive range.” Moore was joined by a six-piece band that included violin and a full size harp in which he noted was his first ever bluegrass festival appearance.

Mercury News reported that Conor Oberst curated a stage line-up, a job usually reserved for T.Bone Burnett, which included M. Ward, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Simon Joyner, Woods, Jonathan Wilson, the Felice Brothers as well as his own band, Bright Eyes

Photo By Christopher Victorio for SF Weekly

Related Artists: Thurston Moore, Bright Eyes, M. Ward, The Felice Brothers, Woods, Kurt Vile

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