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

Ron Baker
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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