Perhaps it's unfortunate for Warren Hellman, the wealthy San Franciscan who puts on the free, three-day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival in Golden Gate Park every year, that the words “billionaire” and “banjo” begin with the same big, beautiful letter. After all, the above headline probably should read, “Watch Warren Hellman's band, The Wronglers, Perform with Texas Songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Slim's This Sunday Afternoon.” That is pretty much what's happening.
But alas. Were we less entranced by alliteration, we'd also have managed to point out before now that, though Hellman is a part-owner of Slim's, Sunday will be the first time he or his bluegrass band mates will perform on its stage. Which is kinda funny. If we played banjo and owned a stage — well, anyway.