Another curiosity is the Forest Rangers with Katey Sagal. If you watch Sons of Anarchy, you hear the Forest Rangers on the soundtrack every week. And if you watch Sons of Anarchy (or Futurama or Married With Children), you know actress Katey Sagal. You do the math with this one, readers.
And of course, there'll always be the beloved regulars like Robert Earl Keen, and Boz Scaggs, and perhaps the most exciting pick of the lineup, at least, according folks on the Internet: blues singer-songwriter and slide guitar legend, Bonnie Raitt (who, by the way, I peeped up in a balcony at the San Francisco Symphony opening gala last month; the flaming red hair with a shock of white was a dead giveaway).
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass takes place this Fri/4-Sun/6, at Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows), Lindley and Marx meadows in Golden Gate Park, SF. As always, it's free and open to the public. Don't forget to pack a jacket, a blanket, and some food — and seriously, respect that park, residents and visitors. For more information, visit www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com.
The free park concerts don't end this weekend. Friends of the Amphitheater at McLaren Park's free Saturday afternoon concerts at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater continue through the fall. Next week, (Oct. 12 at 2pm) there will be ska-toned rock steady and early reggae locals the Titan Ups, Sweet Felony, and the Eddie Neon Project. Facebook: Saturday in the Park McLaren.
DEVIL NO MORE
After nearly two decades of service as a Polk Street music venue, the Red Devil Lounge will shutter on New Year's Day, 2014. And what's going to be in its place? Another craft cocktail bar, this time via Jamal Blake-Williams, who currently runs the bar at the Tipsy Pig. Recent acts at the venue have included Martha Davis & the Motels and Pop Rocks. The lounge's calendar is still booked through the end of the year. But after that, hello craft cocktails and likely a whole different kind of crowd. Red Devil owner Jay Siegan will focus on events at the other venues at which he already promotes shows, like Bimbo's, DNA Lounge, Cafe Du Nord, Regency, Warfield, and Fox Theater.
Young Oakland soul singer Mara Hruby introduced herself in 2010 with From Her Eyes (self-released), a beat-filled covers EP marked by Hruby's velvety vocals. On the album, she reimagines tracks by Andre 3000, D'Angelo, Mos Def, and Bob Marley, creating complex and lovely new and modern versions. After that EP dropped, she's been on the verge of superstardom ever since, the steady riser. She's consistently played local fests and venues, but has yet to release a follow-up full-length, leaving her rapt fans ready and waiting for more. In the meantime, spend an evening with the talented artist live, before she bursts even bigger, beyond the bounds of the Bay. Featuring Chris Turner.
Wed/2, 8pm, $18. Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero W., Oakl. www.yoshis.com.