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The key to any voyage into the twangy depths of this weekend's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is planning.
San Francisco's annual free celebration of bluegrass (and also not bluegrass) in Golden Gate Park, now in its 12th consecutive year, has gotten so popular that shuttling between stages to see all of your favorite bands can prove virtually impossible. Instead, the best idea is often just to get there early, pick a spot near the stage you're most interested in and stay there for the long haul.
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While the lineup was announced months ago, the actual full schedule, complete with set times, was only released recently. Essential planning's gotta all be done Right This Very Second.
Our top recommendations are Ben Kweller, Buddy Miller, Robert Earl Keen, The Dirty Three, the Heartless Bastards, Son Volt and Les Claypool's Duo De Twang. If you're curious as to why this is exciting, »
- Aaron Sankin
June 17: Actor Peter Lupus (TV's "Mission: Impossible") is 80. Singer Barry Manilow is 69. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 61. Actor Mark Linn-Baker ("Perfect Strangers") is 58. Director Bobby Farrelly ("There's Something About Mary") is 54. Actor Thomas Haden Church ("Sideways," "Wings," "Ned and Stacy") is 51. Actor Greg Kinnear is 49. Actress Kami Cotler ("The Waltons") is 47. Actor Jason Patric is 46. Singer Kevin Thornton of Color Me Badd is 43. Actor-comedian Will Forte ("Saturday Night Live") is 42. Actor-rapper Herculeez of Herculeez and Big Tyme is 29.
June 18: Musician Paul McCartney is 70. Movie critic Roger Ebert is 70. Actress Constance McCashin ("Knots Landing") is 65. Actress Linda Thorson ("The Avengers") is 65. Keyboardist John Evans of The Box Tops is 64. Actress Isabella Rossellini is 60. Actress Carol Kane is 60. Actor Brian Benben ("Private Practice") is 56. Actress Andrea Evans ("The Bold and the Beautiful") is 55. Singer Alison Moyet is 51. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) is 49. Country singer-guitarist Tim Hunt (Yankee Grey) is »
Country singer Shelby Lynne has a voice that sounds like heaven, and a family history that has echoes of that other place. In 1986, when she was just 17, Lynne’s father shot and killed her mother before taking his own life. Shelby and her younger sister (the singer Allison Moorer) were nearby when it happened. Lynne’s song “Heaven’s Only Days Down The Road,” which she performed memorably at the WSJ Cafe, explored the family tragedy from her father’s perspective. »
- Christopher John Farley
3 items from 2012
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