Aidin Vaziri / San Francisco Chronicle
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There's a reason they call it the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Patti Smith, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Randy Newman, the Avett Brothers and Rosanne Cash will be among the more than 70 acts appearing at the free concert series Oct. 1 to 3 in Golden Gate Park, a gift to the city by billionaire investment banker and banjo player Warren Hellman.
Many of the Hardly Strictly regulars will also be on the bill for the world-renown event, which marks its 10th anniversary, including Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Steve Earle, the Del McCoury Band and Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes.
Hellman's own bluegrass outfit, the Wronglers, will make a return, too.
Hardly Strictly booker Dawn Holliday, general manager of the Slim's and Great American Music Hall, has plenty of surprises in store along with the usual cache of traditional and contemporary country acts. This year's festival will include appearances by Fountains of Wayne, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Umphrey's
McGee, Jonathan Richman and the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs.
The festival, which featured just eight bands and drew a crowd of about 13,000 in its first years, now spreads over six stages across Speedway, Lindley and Marx meadows. Last year, it drew an estimated 750,000 music fans to the park - almost the entire population of San Francisco.
Set times have not yet been announced.