It’s that time of year again when the organizers behind the free, BYOB, Fall music festival in Golden Gate Park, drop clues and tease who’ll be performing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

The 18th annual festival is less than three months away, and yesterday the first medley was posted, followed today by a confirmation of all 10 artists (see below for the full list). Among the first set of confirmed acts are Wilco singer and guitarist Jeff Tweedy, South African singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, LGBTQ poet and activist Andrea Gibson, and New Orleans jazz band The Greyboy Allstars.

July 30 Update: The second music medley dropped on July 24, and the organizers recently confirmed the next 10 acts performing at this year’s festival. The sound bite includes audio clips of Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, and JD McPherson. See below for the full list.

August 8 Update: Artists appearing in the third music medley have been confirmed, and they include Canadian folk group The Wailin’ Jennys, Los Angeles rock band Los Lobos, alternative rock act Deer Tick, and singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, among many others. Further below is the full list of the 10 additional performers.


PHOTOS: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017

Last year’s festival was headlined by Randy Newman, Lucinda Williams, and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. The third medley will be revealed on August 7.

Medley #1:
The Greyboy Allstars
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Four Year Bender
Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco)
Howlin Rain
Courtney Marie Andrews
Gregory Alan Isakov
Andrea Gibson
Roky Erickson

Medley #2:
Aki Kumar
Rodney Crowell
I’m With Her
Emmylou Harris
JD McPherson
Robyn Hitchcock: Electrospective
Ani DiFranco
Tim O’Brien

Medley #3:
Kieran Kane
The Wailin’ Jennys
Steve Forbert
David Bromberg Band
Patty Griffin
Matador! Soul Sounds
Deer Tick
Sera Cahoone
Los Lobos
Del McCoury Band

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
October 5-7, 2018
Golden Gate Park