This past Saturday barely dawned through heavy mist. Still, my hero (Jeff) bravely persevered and by 7:30 a.m. had staked down a tarp near the main stage for:
I have gone every year and this was the 10th anniversary. The first year, my friends and I parked two blocks away from the meadow, and although it was well past the start time, we still managed to nab a spot right near the front of the stage. At that time it was a one day, one stage event. Now it last three days, on 6 stages, boasts an attendance exceeding the population of San Francisco and requires favor from the Gods of Parking. All thanks to the generosity of Warren Hellman. A former investment banker, Warren is a bluegrass afficionado, a pretty good banjo player and the benefactor of this absolutely free event. Last year he announced that his children agreed to a final- will -and- testament amendment…that provision be made for the festival after his departure. Thank you Warren.