Photos: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is the annual free concert in Golden Gate Park that offers just the right amount of bluegrass along with a whole spectrum of other music. I’ve been going every year since the aughts and it still amazes me that it’s completely free (thanks to the generosity of Warren Hellman and his descendants). You don’t even have to pay a “mind tax” because there’s no advertising. By contrast, Outside Lands – which is held in roughly the same exact location in the park – is smaller, chock full of branding, and costs almost $400 for a weekend pass. Not to mention, the lineup at the free Hardly Strictly show is normally just as good, if not better some years. If I’m going to be herded like cattle at a music festival, I’d much rather pay $400 less for it.

Here’s an astonishing list of just a few of the dozens of bands that performed at the free 2016 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival:

God bless them all.















Video: What Up Mang Live at Snow Flake Jam 2015

What Up Mang Live Performance Snow Flake Jam Concert

Video has emerged of What Up Mang‘s scorching live performance at the Snow Flake Jam 2015 holiday concert at the Honey Hive Gallery in San Francisco. Band members James Carnes and Baby Wonder (Caty McKenna) shimmered through the twelve song set, including the debut of two brand new unreleased songs “Psychic Shadow” and “String Theory.”

1. Intro
2. Go To Waste
3. Black Light
4. Doctor Please
5. Feel The Lightning
6. Psychic Shadow
7. Self Control
8. Waterfall Cascade
9. Last Chance
10. String Theory
11. 10,000 Emerald Pools
12. Lone Wolf


News: Snow Flake Jam 2015 Holiday Concert

Official concert poster for Snow Flake Jam 2015 by San Francisco artist Curse of the Derse

The annual Smoothspin holiday party is back! We had such a good time at last year’s album release party that we decided to make it a yearly holiday event. This year’s party, dubbed Snow Flake Jam 2015, will be Saturday, December 19 at the Honey Hive Gallery in San Francisco. Featuring live performances by Twenty And Bored, Baby Wonder, and What Up Mang, this will be the holiday party to end all holiday parties. This is an early show, with doors opening at 6 PM and music starting at 7 PM. There is very limited capacity at this venue (60) Jio 4G Voice so please show up on time if you wanna catch the music. The event will end at 10 PM sharp! The Honey Hive is located right in front of the N Judah MUNI train line, so it’s an easy destination from anywhere in the city.

RSVP for Snow Flake Jam 2015 now on Facebook

Event Details:

  • WHAT: Snow Flake Jam 2015
  • WHO: Twenty And Bored, Baby Wonder, What Up Mang, and YOU!
  • WHEN: Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • WHERE: Honey Hive Gallery, 4117 Judah Street, San Francisco, California
  • COST: $10

If you’d like to see what you’re getting into, check out photos and the live concert video of What Up Mang’s performance at last year’s event at the Showdown.