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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 Lineup: Robert Plant, Thurston Moore, Broken Social Scene, and More

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge Broken Social Scene is one of more than 90 acts playing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this year.
  • Broken Social Scene is one of more than 90 acts playing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this year.

The lineup for this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is out, and good luck figuring out whom to call the "headliner." For the festival's 11th year, organizers have put together another insanely huge lineup (90-plus acts) that spans all sorts of genres, stepping out even further from the traditional Americana focus of the festival. Names that stand out to us include Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Mekons, Broken Social Scene, Bright Eyes, Kurt Vile, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard, Cass McCombs, Bob Mould, and Elbow.

Of course, the lineup includes regulars such as Emmylou Harris and Earl Scruggs, too. Check out the full bill after the jump.

This year Hardly Strictly is expanding to a full three days, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, with the usual MC Hammer show and kid's program held on Thursday, Sept. 29 instead of Friday. The first day of the festival will include four stages of music, while the second two will have six. But on Friday, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst will be curating the Rooster stage all day, and he's chosen acts like Woods, Kurt Vile and the Violators, M. Ward, and more to play.

Here's the full lineup:

Bill Kirchen

Seldom Scene

David Bromberg Quartet

The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

John Prine

Robert Plant & the Band of Joy

Charlie Musselwhite

South Memphis String Band

Jolie Holland

Chris Isaak

Jonathan Wilson

Simon Joyner


Kurt Vile & the Violators

The Felice Brothers

M. Ward

Bright Eyes

Blame Sally


Southern Culture on the Skids

Thurston Moore

Greensky Bluegrass

Otis Clay with special guest Chick Rodgers

Alison Brown Quartet

Earl Scruggs

Gillian Welch

Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer

Cass McCombs

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Kris Kristofferson & Merle Haggard

Irma Thomas

Ricky Skaggs

Broken Social Scene


The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Robyn Hitchcock

Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson

Patty Griffin

Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile

Robert Earl Keen

The Band of Heathens

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses

Reckless Kelly

The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock

River Whyless


Seamus Kennedy

Wendy Bird

A.A. Bondy

The Belle Brigade

Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally & Their All-Star Band

Dry Branch Fire Squad

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands

Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer

The Blind Boys of Alabama

Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys

Emmylou Harris

The Low Anthem

Dr. John & the Lower 911



Abigail Washburn

Buddy Miller

Bob Mould

Fitz & the Tantrums


Jessica Lea Mayfield

Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin

The Civil Wars


Justin Townes Earle

The Jayhawks

Joe Purdy


The Devil Makes Three

Hot Buttered Rum

The Mother Hips

Dark Star Orchestra

Conspiracy of Beards

Dive Bar Dukes

Those Darlins

Frank Fairfield

The Swanson Family Band

Over the Rhine

Bill Orcutt

Crazy, eh? And remember: You have don't worry about buying tickets, because it's free! You do have to worry about finding space close to the big stages, though.

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