Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2012 Photo Gallery

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2012 Photo Gallery

© Steve Jennings:Allison Brown

© Steve Jennings:Dave Alvin

© Steve Jennings:Country star Dwight Yoakam played his hits at the Towers of Gold Stage.

© Steve Jennings:Dwight Yoakam

© Steve Jennings Dwight Yoakam

© Steve Jennings:Dwight Yoakam

© Steve Jennings:Dwight Yoakam

© Steve Jennings: Emmylou Harris

© Steve Jennings Emmylou Harris

© Steve Jennings:Sound on Stage's Dennis Deem mixed FOH at the Banjo Stage for artists who didn't bring along an engineer.

© Steve Jennings: All FOH and most monitor boards for HSB were Avid VENUEs.

© Steve Jennings All FOH and most monitor boards for HSB were Avid VENUEs.

© Steve Jennings: Jimmie Dale Gilmore

© Steve Jennings:A frequent favorite at HSB, Nick Lowe played solo on the Rooster Stage.

© Steve Jennings: Nick Lowe

© Steve Jennings:Nick Lowe

© Steve Jennings: One of the hallmarks of HSB is the appearance of "special guests." Patty Griffin welcomed Robert Plant to the stage

© Steve Jennings:One of the hallmarks of HSB is the appearance of "special guests." Patty Griffin welcomed Robert Plant to the stage.

© Steve Jennings:Patty Griffin performed on the Rooster Stage in front of a backdrop commemorating Hazel Dickens, one of Warren Hellman's favorite singers and an HSB staple until she passed away in 2011.

© Steve Jennings: Patti Smith and band performed songs dating from 1974 through her latest album, Banga.

© Steve Jennings: Patti Smith and band performed songs dating from 1974 through her latest album, Banga.

© Steve Jennings:Patti Smith and band performed songs dating from 1974 through her latest album, Banga.

© Steve Jennings: Sound on Stage's Dennis Deem mixed FOH at the Banjo Stage for artists who didn't bring along an engineer.

© Steve Jennings: Festivalgoers packed in to see Patti Smith and band at the Towers of Gold Stage.

© Steve Jennings:The Preservation Hall Jazz Band kicked off HSB on October 5 with an educational program for middle school students.

© Steve Jennings:On the Banjo Stage, 17 acts in three days included bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, The Chieftains, and a "Tribute to the Founding Fathers: Warren Hellman, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson."

© Steve Jennings:On the Banjo Stage, 17 acts in three days included bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, The Chieftains, and a "Tribute to the Founding Fathers: Warren Hellman, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson."

© Steve Jennings:Steve Earle, clearly enjoying himself, was the Banjo Stage headliner on day two.

© Steve Jennings:Steve Earle was the Banjo Stage headliner on day two.

© Steve Jennings:Tim O'Brien (left) and Peter Rowan

© Steve Jennings Tim O'Brien on the Banjo Stage

© Steve Jennings The Towers of Gold Stage

The 2012 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival took place October 5, 6 and 7 on four stages in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Here, Mix magazine presents an exclusive Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2012 Photo Gallery, featuring photos by Steve Jennings.