Just had a great weekend at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco. What always amazes me about the festival is the number of people that show up for some great music and how well behaved they all are. The whole scene is so mellow and perfect it always is a good time. I've been going since 2008, driving up from LA and finding some place to stay for the weekend in town. I've stayed at the Civic Center Inn three times, a friends house in Walnut Creek, and this trip I stayed at the Aida Plaza Hotel on Market Street. Very reasonable rates and a lot of young European visitors staying at this hotel. Hostel like set up for most of the rooms with a shared toilet and shower in the hallway. The view from my room was spectacular!
|View from room 409|
|Aida Plaza Hotel on Market|
|Crowd gathered for Bonnie Raitt|
All that to say that I think an announcement during the show that it is being recorded and will be available at something something dot com later along with photos from the event would free everyone up to relax and enjoy the show. This year's HSB festival is a good example of that, they promoted the livestream on Twitter @HSBFest and noted the video archive would be available as well so you could see the shows you missed. They also mentioned this at the stages (at least at the stages I went to) in between acts. I think it encouraged people to stick around and hear an act they may have skipped in favor of an act at a different stage. That's what it did for me pictured here are two bands I stayed to hear at the Porch stage like Sturgill Simpson, Della Mae and Evolfo Doofeht who were really entertaining. I missed Steve Earle and The Dukes but watched it later, same thing for Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers because I knew I could stream them later. The Porch stage didn't get archived that I can tell so I'm really glad I hung out there to catch some amazing new acts for me. Also seeing the professional photos being tweeted out and on the website and shared around made me just sit back in the grass and enjoy the shows. I can get better media and enjoy it there. If you want a sample of all the photos taken at HSB 2013 check out their instagram feed or just search the #hsb13 hashtag on your social media channels and you're bound to pick up some stuff.
|Della Mae on the Porch Stage|
|Evolfo Doofeht on the Porch Stage|
|Another satisfied Bluegrass customer|