Be sure to check out Great American Music Hall in San Francisco before Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 

Sure, you’re already heading down to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in a couple of weeks in Golden Gate Park — one of the greatest music festivals on the planet, and free to boot.

But did you know this?

On Thursday, Sept. 29, a full day before festivities begin, Great American Music Hall in San Francisco will be hosting something of a preshow concert, the 5th Annual Richard De Lone Special Housing Project benefit, with tickets going for $50 for general admission and $70 for a guaranteed seat.

So what’s all the hee-haw, hoo-ha about?

The lineup alone is pretty damned special. It features the Duane Eddy-booming guitarist Bill Kirchen and his band, with this roster of special guests: Ryan Bingham, Blackie Farrell, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

And those are just the announced acts. Remember, every alt-country artist in the universe is here in town for that particular weekend, so just about any surprise cameo from the festival lineup is possible. No promises, mind you, but just the merest possibility of some all-star jam session is worth the price of admission alone.

Don’t say we didn’t give you a heads-up on this one.

This blog was corrected Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. It originally said the benefit was at Slim's in San Francisco. The benefit will be held at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

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