Hardly Strictly Bluegrass announces hardly expected festival lineup 

click to enlarge Globe-trotting indie-pop group Cibo Matto is among the bands debuting at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival this year. - COURTESY PANAMA BLACK/FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Globe-trotting indie-pop group Cibo Matto is among the bands debuting at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival this year.

This year, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival has made some surprising choices for the soundtrack to your annual picnic of goat cheese and smuggled wine.

The free Golden Gate Park music festival, started in 2001 by late billionaire benefactor Warren Hellman, named some unexpected punk- and indie-rock acts to its official lineup Tuesday. Social Distortion, X, Built to Spill and Cibo Matto will be making their debuts at the festival this year, along with indie mewler Conor Oberst and an orchestra-fortified Deltron 3030, a hip-hop supergroup featuring San Francisco native Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala.

Familiar faces at this year's event, which will make parking in the Sunset and Richmond districts a nightmare from Oct. 3-5, include Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, T Bone Burnett, Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash. See a full list at www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2014.


Model and frequent Chris Brown paramour Karrueche Tran is blaming the BET channel after she mocked a toddler's appearance while hosting "106 & Park" on Monday afternoon.

"I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair!" Tran joked about 2-year-old Blue Ivy, sole heir of the powerful Carter-Knowles Dynasty, between music videos on Monday's live show.

A panicked Tran quickly blurted "Sorry Blue, I love you!," after drawing groans from the audience, but the Tran apology train wasn't done yet.

"I love that Blue is able to wear her natural hair," Tran told TMZ, saying she read the joke -- targeted at Blue Ivy's appearance with parents Beyoncé and Jay Z at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards -- off a teleprompter with no advance knowledge. BET President Stephen Hill said he was taking "punitive actions" against producers of "106 & Park."


Rapper Young Jeezy, who was arrested after a fatal shooting at Wiz Khalifa’s Mountain View concert last week, could appear in court as soon as today, according to The Associated Press.

The Atlanta-based Jeezy, born Jay Wayne Jenkins, was arrested Sunday at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine and is being held at Orange County jail on $1 million bail. Although police have not formally linked Jeezy to the Mountain View slaying, TMZ says the rapper and several members of his entourage were arrested after a probe related to the homicide turned up an assault rifle in his tour bus.

Orinda man Eric Johnson, 38, was fatally shot backstage at the “Under the Influence of Music” concert Friday at the Shoreline Amphitheatre.


Warner Bros. is considering a reboot of San Francisco-set sitcom "Full House, so get ready for more tourists belting out “Everywhere You Look” at Alamo Square. ... Jesse Helt, the homeless man who accepted Miley Cyrus' award at the VMAs on Sunday, is wanted for a 2011 probation violation related to an apartment break-in. ... TMZ says rap impresario Suge Knight, who was Swiss-cheesed by six bullets at a VMA pre-party in Los Angeles on Sunday, isn't exactly cooperating with cops. "I was shot?" he reportedly responded during a police interview.


Sharks goalie Troy Grosenick is 25. ... Raiders running back Darren McFadden is 27. ... Actress Sarah Chalke (“Scrubs”) is 38. … Actress Chandra Wilson (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 45. … Musician Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols is 58. … Actor Paul Reubens ("Pee-wee's Playhouse") is 62.

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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