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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Warren Hellman Tribute Concert Planned for Feb. 19 at Ocean Beach

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

click to enlarge Warren Hellman and his banjo - RON BAKER
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  • Warren Hellman and his banjo

Some weeks ago, we told you about a concert planned to honor the memory of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman, who passed away in December. The show will feature performances by Emmylou Harris, Robert Earl Keen, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, and others. And now, a location for the event has been set: Rather than Golden Gate Park's Hellman Hollow, where Hardly Strictly Bluegrass takes place, the tribute concert is happening this Sunday, Feb. 19, on the Great Highway between JFK Drive and Lincoln Ave. -- so basically, at Ocean Beach.

The music will cover two stages operating at staggered timetables and will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Of course, the show is free. However, since there's less space than at Hellman Hollow, the concert organizers are also streaming the show on their website and encouraging fans to watch at home.

The full lineup of the Feb. 19 concert, in order of performance:

Poor Man's Whiskey

John Doe

Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane, & Fats Kaplin

Dry Branch Fire Squad

Steve Earle

Buddy Miller

The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Gillian Welch

Boz Scaggs

Old Crow Medicine Show

Robert Earl Keen

Emmylou Harris with special guest The Go to Hell Man Clan.

Concertgoers are encouraged to use public transportation -- especially since the Bay Bridge will be closed this entire weekend. Since alcohol is banned at Ocean Beach, it will not be sold or allowed at the show. More details on the tribute event are on the Hardly Strictly website.

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