The long-running Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival has announced its first wave of artists for 2019. Taking place October 4th through 6th in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the free music festival hosts over 100 bluegrass and folk acts, both veteran and up and coming.

Celebrating 19 years of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the 2019 lineup includes acoustic duo The Milk Carton Kids, the unique collaboration of Calexico and Iron & Wine, Ukraine’s heralded folk-music group Dakhabrakha, Texas troubadour Hayes Carll, Bay Area golden boy Jackie Greene, cowpunk heroes Meat Puppets, powerhouse soul spirit Bettye LaVette, country-music renaissance woman Margo Price, songwriting legend Steve Earle, and British-Irish folk-rockers The Waterboys.

The initial lineup announcement coincides with the 85th birthday of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman, who created the festival in 2001 as a gift to the people of San Francisco and the world, celebrating American “roots” music and its many outgrowths.

Hardly Strictly talent buyer Chris Porter shared his thoughts on the initial lineup. He explained,

To me, this lineup reflects our event’s legacy while looking ahead to the future. Steve Earle has been celebrating with us since 2002 and artists like Margo Price and Dahkabrahka are making their first Hardly Strictly Bluegrass appearances.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass takes place within Golden Gate Park in Hellman Hollow, Lindley Meadow, and Marx Meadow. Entry to the festival opens at 10 a.m. with music starting at noon on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Head to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass’ website for more information on the 2019 event.