For 2020, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Goes Global

COVID-19’s impacts have taken a toll on the live music world; however, the San Francisco-based Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is determined to Let the Music Play On.

This Saturday, October 3 from 5-8 p.m. ET (2-5 p.m. PT), music lovers all over the world will have the opportunity to take in a virtual edition of the festival, complete with pre-recorded performances filmed in Nashville, Austin, and San Francisco. This year’s festival features a star-studded lineup filled with Americana legends, including Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle and the Halfgrass Dukes (feat. Tim O’Brien and Dennis Crouch), and many more new and returning acts.

The festival will be broadcast via Circle TV, and streamed on and Other highlights include:

  • The Black Banjo Reclamation Project: Led by 2020 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass performer Hannah Mayree, The Black Banjo Reclamation Project is a vehicle to return instruments of African origin to the descendants of their original makers, to spread awareness and pass along stringed traditions. The Project also includes fostering the trade of instrument building and repair. Mayree adds, “We are pursuing ancestral healing, and envision a world where the act of remembering gives us the power to shape our world.”
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has partnered with Artist Relief to dispense $1M to artists nationwide who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes in addition to the Hardly Strictly Relief Fund: Bay Area, a $1.5M initiative to support the Bay Area roots music community. More information can be found at

For more information on this year’s virtual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, visit

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