Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Unveils Initial 2023 Artist Lineup

Staff Writer on July 26, 2023
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Unveils Initial 2023 Artist Lineup

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has unveiled its initial artist lineup for the 2023 gathering, slated to take place at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and spanning from Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 1. The first round of artists reflects a diverse range of talent, spanning multiple genres. 

The official lineup was teased with an exclusive medley streaming now on the official Hardly Strictly Bluegrass website and HSB app and went on to feature Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Leyla McCalla, The Church, John Doe Folk Trio, Valerie June, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, John Craigie, Neal Francis, Bahamas, and Gaby Moreno. Additional artists will be announced shortly.

Over the past two decades, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass expanded from its original one-day localized gathering to a three-day event, boasting a one-of-a-kind lineup, which typically spans more than 70 artists, who pull from the Americana, funk, rock, and soul ether. In addition, the Bay Area celebration is known to host annual favorites such as Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle. 

“Coming home to Golden Gate Park was essential to our well-being,” offered HSB Executive Producer Sheri Sternberg via a press release before dotting on memorable moments from the 2022 iteration. “The artist’s joy was palpable and evident with all the amazing collaborations that took place.  Listening to Emmylou Harris sing “Love Hurts” with Buddy Miller, hearing the Marcus Mumford and Lucius version of the Kinks’ “Strangers” and the rousing version of “Kansas City” by Mumford with Rhiannon Giddens, Elvis Costello and many others was soul-stirring.”

For additional information, including tickets, visit www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com

Scroll down to view the initial 2023 artist lineup. 


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Leyla McCalla

The Church

John Doe Folk Trio

Valerie June

Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram

John Craigie

Neal Francis


Gaby Moreno

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