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    I just spent the last 3 days soaking in the sun, and so much great music, in such a beautull setting in Golden Gate Park.
    I'm looking forward to seeing the sets I missed and go back and watch my favorites, too- Jackie Greene( McCrary Sisters, singing back-up!), Yola, The Waterboys, Hayes Carll , Fantastic Negrito and Chuck Prophet, to name just a few. and a few more new ones for me( not in the archives)- Chastity Brown, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Flor de Toloache, Joan Shelley, and Parsonsfield( Thanks Jordan!)

    Also, I got to meet LIt, a little lagniappe. It was so great to meet someone from the board.

    Seeing North Mississippi and Rising Appalachia, this week, all this should hold me over, till CCBB, next week.

    http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2019/archives/

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    Great festival. Great sound and performances at every stage. Too many people late in the days. (Worse than the Phish or Dave Matthews days at Fest.) Beautiful weather and city. Glad I went...once.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Renee View Post
      I just spent the last 3 days soaking in the sun, and so much great music, in such a beautull setting in Golden Gate Park.
      I'm looking forward to seeing the sets I missed and go back and watch my favorites, too- Jackie Greene( McCrary Sisters, singing back-up!), Yola, The Waterboys, Hayes Carll , Fantastic Negrito and Chuck Prophet, to name just a few. and a few more new ones for me( not in the archives)- Chastity Brown, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Flor de Toloache, Joan Shelley, and Parsonsfield( Thanks Jordan!)

      Also, I got to meet LIt, a little lagniappe. It was so great to meet someone from the board.

      Seeing North Mississippi and Rising Appalachia, this week, all this should hold me over, till CCBB, next week.

      http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2019/archives/
      What an amazing free festival! I went Friday evening - St Paul and the Broken Bones put on a fantastic show.

      Skipped Saturday, and then spent most of the day Sunday baking in the sun. Infamous Stringdusters (have to see some bluegrass at a bluegrass festival! These guys were awesome again.), Fantastic Negrito, Judy Collins, Joan Osborne (finally made my way up to the front at the end, then she collapsed - she was in full direct sun for her whole show), Mandolin Orange, Jackie Greene, Kurt Vile, Emmylou Harris made for a great day of music! Went out in the neighborhood for dinner afterwards, still walking around in a t shirt at 8:30 or 9:00. Amazing warm evening.

      Tonight I'll be at Terrapin to see Luther and Cody. Looking forward to it!

      Friday night is Taz - we have only ever seen him sit in with other bands before. Interested to see what he and his band sound like!

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      • #4
        Great meeting you, Renee , and great to hang with Jim and duende again, too.

        I can understand why steeleye loves HSB second only to Fest. I loved it and will definitely be back. The weather was stunning and the new rules were not an issue for us, probably because we were never trying to get to Tower for the headliner. We set up at Swan each day because of the lineup and that was home base, and you could hear the Tower broadcast from there better than you could hear at Tower itself. Plant sounded great but I'm sure it was a shit show if you arrived later in the day and were hoping to see that set.

        Best new discovery for me was Fantastic Negrito, and after missing YOLA and watching her webcast I will say her set was probably the toughest miss for me, but iirc I saw Robert Earl Keen and Margo Price during that time--both of whom were great and also on my must-see list--so that would have been major FOMS for me even if I was aware of YOLA beforehand.

        Chuck Prophet and the Waterboys were both excellent on Friday, as was Van at the Greek on Friday night. Also caught the first hour and a half or so of Chris Thile's Live from Here broadcast, including Grace Potter, Milk Carton Kids and J.S. Ondara and that was better than expected. Had to leave before St. Paul in order to make it to the Greek for Van; saw a little bit of Black Joe Lewis and wasn't really moved by it.

        Saturday was a marathon day, starting with a great groove from the Budos Band. Stayed put at Swan and listened to Mercury Rev and Beth Orton doing a nice Bobbie Gentry set, and stayed there for all of Hayes Carll based on The Krewe of Chew 's recommendation. I liked him but didn't love him as much as a lot of others do, in large part because we were riffing a bit mercilessly about how derivative of John Prine, Dylan and Steve Earle he sounded. Listened to Tank & the Bangas for a bit and also didn't love them as much as I had hoped, so we headed to Banjo for some Flatlanders instead, which was a great call. Glad I saw that supergroup and they sounded great--even brought Bill Kirchen up for a few songs while we were there. Headed back to Swan for all of Robert Earl Keen, which was pretty perfect for me, and then back to Banjo for the last half of Margo Price, who also sounded great and seemed to be in her element. Then back to Swan for The New Pornographers, which were new to us. Another sweet sounding set, if a little too pop for our tastes. Listened to Plant from there--which was very Zep-heavy--and then met up with Jim for Chuck Prophet at the Make-Out Room, which was a blast (and also very hazy in my memory by this point...).

        Sunday was another Swan day, primarily because that's where Fantastic Negrito was. I caught a few sweet-sounding songs from Mapache at the very intimate and cool Bandwagon Stage and then checked out Parsonsfield at Porch at Jordan 's recommendation. They sounded good but veered too pop for me, so I caught a few Infamous Stringdusters tunes at Rooster and then headed to check out Pimps of Joytime, who were fun but a bit cheesy and way too self-referential for my tastes. Then back to Swan for the awesome highlight of Fantastic Negrito (whom I described as Prince meets Gary Clark, Jr. meets Sly Stone meets Rushad Eggleston). After that, everything else was gravy. I had seen Hiss Golden Messenger before and he sounded great again this time. Meat Puppets were interesting but not really my thing, so we headed back to Porch to see Mdou Moctar, which was probably the disappointment of the fest for us because the sound was so poor that you really could barely hear the guitar at all, nor any bass. Really the only time we experienced anything other than great sound all weekend. We had not planned to make Jackie Greene a priority, but since we were set up at a prime spot at Swan we headed back there and were very pleasantly surprised at a pretty great set. After that I went to check out Emmylou because I had never seen her before, but her set was wayyy too sleepy for me so I did a walk around the fairgrounds like I often do at the end of Fest on Sunday and took in the sights, sounds and smells from all over before heading back to Swan and packing up while listening to Kurt Vile close out Tower.

        All in all, a great fest and a great time. I cannot believe that it's free. Thank you, Warren Hellman!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Renee View Post
          I just spent the last 3 days soaking in the sun, and so much great music, in such a beautull setting in Golden Gate Park.
          I'm looking forward to seeing the sets I missed and go back and watch my favorites, too- Jackie Greene( McCrary Sisters, singing back-up!), Yola, The Waterboys, Hayes Carll , Fantastic Negrito and Chuck Prophet, to name just a few. and a few more new ones for me( not in the archives)- Chastity Brown, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Flor de Toloache, Joan Shelley, and Parsonsfield( Thanks Jordan!)

          Also, I got to meet LIt, a little lagniappe. It was so great to meet someone from the board.

          Seeing North Mississippi and Rising Appalachia, this week, all this should hold me over, till CCBB, next week.

          http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2019/archives/
          Thanks for the link! I did download a few on DIME but this is great. Just watched Steve Eale's set last night. Gotta watch Margo Price who I love! Looks like plenty of others I gotta check out.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lit View Post
            we headed back to Porch to see Mdou Moctar, which was probably the disappointment of the fest for us because the sound was so poor that you really could barely hear the guitar at all, nor any bass. Really the only time we experienced anything other than great sound all weekend.
            Agree - as I mentioned in the “other festivals” thread, I had to move around in order to find an acceptable sound mix. I ended up 10 feet behind the sound board. Sound guy was doing his job fine from where he stood - probably just didn’t account for the environment (crowd, sloped hill, etc) around him.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Captain Twister View Post

              Agree - as I mentioned in the “other festivals” thread, I had to move around in order to find an acceptable sound mix. I ended up 10 feet behind the sound board. Sound guy was doing his job fine from where he stood - probably just didn’t account for the environment (crowd, sloped hill, etc) around him.
              Yeah that’s interesting. We were maybe 20’ to the left of the sound board and figured that would be fine because of that, but we were a little down hill from him, so that may have been the difference. I am surprised because I was at that same stage a few hours earlier for Parsonsfield and I was further back and further down hill because I was seeking the shade from one of the trees, but the sound was pristine.

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