The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, F. Warren Hellman‘s great philanthropic gift to the city of San Francisco, is set to kick off today at Golden Gate Park. The three day long, free festival is always a boat-load of fun and this year we’re more excited to attend than ever. With over 100 different bands, on 7 different stages throughout the park, the festival literally has a little bit of something for everyone. The lineup this year seems to be the best yet, and there is one band in particular that we can’t wait to see again.
The Sam Chase and his band The Untraditional, hail from the steep foggy hills of San Francisco. Since releasing their first full-length album in 2012, they’ve managed to collect a number of prestigious accolades including Best Band, (SF Weekly Reader’s Poll 2013 & 2014) Best Singer Songwriter, (SF Bay Guardian Reader’s Poll 2013) and Artist of the Week (Live 105 Soundcheck) to name a few. Their songs are upbeat, catchy as hell, and their shows are a whole lot of fun. As if that weren’t enough reason to love them, they were also involved with our award winning motorcycle documentary series, Why I Ride – lending their collective hand to the soundtrack of both episode 1 and episode 2.
The Sam Chase will be live on the Arrow Stage at Hardly Strictly on Sunday, October 5th at 11:00am. We highly recommend checking them out this weekend, but if you’re unable to make it, rest assured that they will probably be touring in a town close to you in the near future. You can find all the info you need (as well as a hilarious biography section) on their website. Additionally, the band recently released their latest LP titled ‘Will Never Die’ and you can stream the album in it’s entirety here. Finally, we’ve included a clip of their encore presentation during a recent gig at the Great American Music Hall for your enjoyment. If this doesn’t make you want to get down and dirty with your dancing shoes on, you might want to check your pulse. We’ll be putting out good vibes at the Arrow Stage bright and early Sunday morning. Why not come join us?