Life, Culture and Travels from the perspective of a Cuban
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011

San Franciscans had the second day of the Bluegrass Festival at the Golden Gate Park.

Yesterday we were there for a couple of hours in the afternoon but today we spent most of the day under the beautiful and strong sun,drinking and dancing.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Hugh Laurie and his blues band! Laurie is one of my favourites actors and I saw him live for the first time in my life, pretty close. Not that I go any crazy with celebrities but seeing him playing the piano and singing was an artistic pleasure for me. 😀

Torontonians Broken Social Scene were playing at the Towers stage too. They put an amazing show and the more they played the more the audience loved them. We were there for some Canadian representation. 😉

We ended the afternoon at the Rooster Stage with Robert Earl Keen. I never heard of him before but he made us dance to his rhythms and we were “ready for confetti”.

The park was crowded with people coming and going. Everyone was happy, dancing, jumping, eating or drinking. The good energy was contagious and filled the air. We were delighted having such a great, free festival not too far from our house.

The concerts are until 7pm so after the last presentation we bought some treats for the road and walked to China Beach to take some shots of the Golden Gate bridge at night. It is the beginning of October and the city is warm. (Even though it is in fashion to wear winter hats). The beach had a nice breeze and the sound of ships entering the bay reminded me that I grew up beside the ocean, seeing Havana bay in the distance and almost never saw any ships.

Coming back we got lost a bit among the streets of San Francisco and talked about how California really is the place that “you can come anytime but you can never leave”…

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