Philanthropist and bluegrass lover Warren Hellman will be honored Sunday with a free concert at Ocean Beach.
The day-long tribute to Hellman, who died at the age of 77 in December of leukemia, will feature performers including John Doe, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, Boz Scaggs, Robert Earl Keen and Emmylou Harris and Hellman’s band, The Wronglers.
All of the performers are regulars at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the annual Golden Gate Park musical festival that Hellman founded.
Hellman, a founder of private equity firm Hellman & Friedman LLC, also helped found the San Francisco School Alliance and The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit news organization.
Sunday’s concert will take place on two stages on Great Highway between JFK Drive and Lincoln Avenue from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Concertgoers can arrive as early as 8 a.m. but the concert area has limited capacity. The event will be streamed live online and organizers are encouraging viewing parties at home.
The event has street parking only, and those attending are strongly urged to use public transportation. A few schools in the area including Presidio Middle School, Francis Scott Key Elementary and Lafayette Elementary will offer paid vehicle parking, and there will be bike parking facilities at the event.
No pets are allowed except for service animals, and alcohol, tall chairs and umbrellas are banned.
More information about the concert can be found at www.strictlybluegrass.com.
Sara Gaiser, Bay City News