Photos: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016

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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.

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Video: Burger Boogaloo 2015

King Khan & BBQ Show perform at the Mosswood Park amphitheater during the Burger Boogaloo 2015 music festival in Oakland, California

Smoothspin.com sent a crew out to Oakland this weekend to rub elbows in the mosh pit at the 6th annual Burger Boogaloo. The two-day music festival, organized by Southern California’s Burger Records, descends each year upon the city’s tiny Mosswood Park. This year was hosted by legendary filmmaker and Prince of Puke, John Waters. We caught the Sunday show with headliners Black Lips, King Khan & BBQ Show, and Jonathan Richman. All were magnificant. Watch and learn.

Update: Our good friend Kevin Shea Adams filed a beautiful visual recap of Burger Boogaloo for Vice Noisey Day 1 here and Day 2 here, as well as this bold report: The People at Burger Googaloo Actually Looked Good

Photo: Kevin Shea Adams / Noisey

If you haven’t already, check out Between Two Buns: The Burger Records Story: