A man in Missoula, Mont., was so entranced by his loud music that he didn’t notice a freight train coming toward him before it struck his car behind the driver’s door. The car was badly damaged, but the driver was not injured. Police say alcohol or drugs were not involved. However, the music-loving motorist, who is in his 30s, will likely be ticketed for failing to stop at a railroad signal. Read More
Sometimes, a year rockets by so fast, it seems impossible to parse it down to minute musical moments. So went 2010. Justin Bieber continued his immaculately coiffed scaling of the charts. So did Lady Gaga, until she passed critical mass and embedded herself in the zeitgeist of snarky talk-show monologues. Kanye West and Taylor Swift both came out swinging, creatively, but not at each other. Read More
Music aficionados and picnickers, get ready: The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is wailing its way into The City, and bringing with it some big names.
The 10th annual festival — featuring an assortment of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, rock ’n’ roll and pop — will run Oct. 1-3 at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Admission is free. Read More
Swing, jazz and Caribbean musicians will take to the streets of downtown July 1 to kick off more than 100 lunchtime performances planned along Market Street this summer. It’s the fourth year of the People in Plazas project, and the free concerts have grown to about 150 gigs along Market Street’s open spaces, stretching from The Embarcadero to the Castro district. Read More
There is a genuine warmth that radiates from Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, the husband-and-wife team of singer-songwriters behind such hits as “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and a little chart-topper called “Solid.” Read More
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16
Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana: Mandilli di seta is the restaurant’s iconic dish, which comes from a Ligurian cook — Farina’s Paolo Laboa, a master of the technique. [3560 18th St. between Guerrero and Valencia streets, S.F.; (415) 565-0360l; www.farinafoods.com]
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Sunny weather and free music brought out a sizable but tame crowd at the three-day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
A record crowd of approximately 800,000 people showed up to Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park for the free music, festival spokeswoman Tracey Buck said Monday. Last year, 750,000 attended. Read More
Millionaire financier Warren Hellman knows about reading people wrong. At a recent Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival — the free annual music blowout in Golden Gate Park that he personally bankrolls — Hellman approached a conservatively dressed socialite in her 50s and said, “Boy, there’s a really strong smell of pot here this year.”
Her response, to Hellman’s surprise, was, “Want some?” Read More
1. Treasure Island Music Festival, Treasure Island
Treasure Island wasn’t really known for hosting rock ’n’ roll, but that’s all changed with the Treasure Island Music Festival. The two-day event, a hit in its debut last year, is back with another impressive lineup of buzz-worthy bands from both the indie pop (Vampire Weekend, pictured; Tegan and Sara and Spiritualized) and dance and electronic worlds (Goldfrapp, TV On the Radio and CSS). Read More