Their Festival’s Bigger than Ours

We like the Lowell Folk Festival, which is a big event for our mid-sized city. San Francisco this past weekend hosted its annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which drew about 600,000 people to Golden Gate Park. Some of the performers who were in S.F. have played stages in Lowell, including Joan Baez and Patti Smith. According to the article, money-man Warren Hellman put up $1 million to pay for the festival—the tenth annual. Lowell National Historical Park needs a friend like that.  Read about the Festival here in a story from the San Francisco Chronicle on

Patti Smith at the 10th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass ... Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle

Here’s Patti Smith in action at the Festival (web photo courtesy of