Philanthropist and bluegrass lover Warren Hellman was honored Sunday with a free concert featuring a host of regulars at Hellman's own Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.The day-long tribute to Hellman, who died of leukemia at the age of 77 in December, featured John Doe, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, Boz Scaggs, Robert Earl Keen and Emmylou Harris and Hellman's band, The Wronglers. Read More
Amid bluegrass tunes both somber and joyful, more than 1,000 people gathered Wednesday to honor the life of San Francisco’s best-known philanthropist and civic champion, Warren Hellman.
Hellman died Sunday evening of complications from leukemia. He was 77. Read More
Jimmie Dale Gilmore gave Saturday’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass audience a little insight into how “hardly” came to be part of the festival’s name.
Festival benefactor Warren Hellman was trying to accommodate Gilmore, a Texas singer-songwriter lacking formal bluegrass credentials. So he renamed his “Strictly Bluegrass” festival and opened the door to a broader range of acts. Read More