Art studio, music in the park and … getting muddy !

Last week-end was the 11th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in the Golden Gate Park, SF… !

It’s a wonderful event, created and offered by Warren Hellman every year to all people to enjoy…for free ! And it is truly wonderful. Thousands of people stream and settle in front of the 6 stages set up in the Speedway Meadow for the 3 full days of the event. Thank you Warren !

I was there for the first one in 2000 ! and it grew a lot since then, but it is always beautifully organized and flawless, peaceful and safe, rich with the best music of many kinds and the greatest musicians including some of the very authentic icons of Bluegrass and Country scene… This year the whole festival was dedicated to Hazel Dickens who passed away a few months ago and was a great figure on the festival every year… Bless you, Hazel !

I am totally spoiled because I am among the happy few who can mingle behind the main stage with some of the most impressive figures in Country Music,  Bluegrass and beyond, and it’s a nice privilege, not to mention the comfort to not be in the crowd, which for me is a huge incentive to go and enjoy myself !…

And that’s how, last Sunday, I closed my studio and went to spend the day there and the weather was beautiful, it was a complete treat, by all accounts !

I got to see and listen to (among others): The Blind Boys of Alabama

…who were terrific ! What a groove ! What a good time…

and…

Emmylou Harris, 

as usual beautiful and captivating…

But also Zakir Hussein with Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer, playing World Music, and Ralph Stanley, one of the fathers of  Bluegrass84 years old and straight as an arrow…

And much more ! and that was only one of the 6 stages going on !…

The security was insured…

….by carefully selected teams:

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a great day ! I had a ball !

I hope lots of you from SF made it there !

Then, on Monday I took my sweetheart to Calistoga for his birthday and we got dirty ! Precisely we went to the Lincoln Avenue Spa http://www.lincolnavenuespa.com and covered each other with mud, before laying on a steam table and let toxins, dead cells and any lingering soreness be cleansed away,  breathing in the vapors of rosemary and mint while having a cool facial … I recommend it ! It’s a wonderful treatment and we really enjoyed it a lot. We spent the night in Calistoga, soaked in a hot tub full of Calistoga water and had very enjoyable meals at the one-of-a-kind Sarafornia Cafe for brunch, and at the Checkers for a lovely Italian dinner.

The day after we drove down Napa Valley and came back to Bolinas with a sense of having been gone for much longer ! The Valley was beautiful though the vines had not changed color yet, and it was refreshing to drive home at a leisurely pace with clouds drifting above…

Life is good… I am grateful.

More later…

 


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