Fourteen mostly Black acts at Hardly Strictly

DaSbawn appeared in Earthwise shows this year in Palo Alto and Santa Cruz.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the big free music festival, opens Friday in Golden Gate Park. As the name hints, it is bluegrass but also folk, funk, gospel and more. The first act booked for the first festival was Emmy Lou Harris. I noted that fourteen of the 72 acts this year are Black or Black-led. Two of those, Meklit Hadero and DaShawn Hickman also appeared in my Earthwise series in Palo Alto this year (and in DaShawn’s case, Santa Cruz). In comparison, 13 of my 33 shows so far this year featured Black headliners. 

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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