WIN TICKETS: Hot Buttered Rum, Leftover Salmon & The Easy Leaves at the Indy


The coming weekend promises a wide variety of bluegrass and not-so-bluegrass acts at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013, a can’t miss free music festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The event takes place October 4-6 from 11am to 7pm.

But the music doesn’t have to stop there. The Independent, a mere three miles from the stages, will be hosting three excellent acts that fit right into the zeitgeist of the fest.

WIN FREE TICKETS to these kick-ass shows.

View show previews below, and enter at the bottom of the page for the chance to win 2 free tickets to Leftover Salmon or The Easy Leaves. Win free tickets to Hot Buttered Rum Friday by locating the Showbams flag at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass when the first shows start.

Hot Buttered Rum
The Independent ~ Friday, 10/4 at 9pm

If you still have some life in your legs after the first day of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Showbams suggests you boogie on down to Divisadero Street for a little more Americana music to keep your feet moving til the wee hours over the weekend. Hot Buttered Rum and Front Country will be kicking off a 3-night run of bluegrass-leaning string music at the Independent which is sure to continue the acoustic celebration long into the late night hours.

2013 Telluride Bluegrass Band Winners Front Country tackle opening duties with a fresh take on contemporary roots music. These Bay Area locals have been making waves and garnering new fans over the past 2 years at en exponential rate. Keeping with the theme of Bay Area bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum make their triumphant headlining return to the Indy for a banner weekend show. These local road-warriors have been burning down barns for over a decade with their characteristic style. Singer/Guitarist Nat Keefe loves this room, as he brings his Holiday show annually here, and it shows time and time again.

The Easy Leaves
The Independent ~ Saturday, 10/5 at 9pm

Kevin Carducci and Sage Fifield are the powerhouse song-writing duo that anchors the Northern California Americana act, the Easy Leaves. They have been steadily gaining attention for their catchy lyrics, melodic delivery and dynamic stage interplay. Along with the West Coast Ramblers and DJ G “Neat-O” Yanito, these acts will present what the headliner has dubbed, “Honky Tonkin’ in the ‘Citay”.

Leftover Salmon & Friends
The Independent ~ Sunday, 10/6 at 8pm

The finale in an explosive weekend of string-oriented music will culminate with one helluva “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass” fiesta anchored by Colorado’s own Leftover Salmon. Listed as “Leftover Salmon and Friends” leaves an air of mystery that can only lead to a scorching hot result. Just months ago Salmon was joined by Jackson Browne, Tim O’Brien and Sam Bush at their Telluride Bluegrass Night Show. With so many talented players in the city for Hardly Strictly, it’s anyones guess how many surprises will waltz onto stage.

Follow these steps to win two free tickets to one of these shows:

  1. Like Showbams on Facebook and follow Showbams on twitter to be eligible to win.
  2. Enter your full name and email address below for Leftover Salmon Sunday 10/6 & The Easy Leaves 10/5.
  3. To win 2 tickets to Hot Buttered Rum Friday 10/4, locate the Showbams flag starting at 11am Friday at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. We’ll be dropping hints via twitter to the flag’s location. The first 3 folks to calmly walk up to the flag and say “BAM” will win two tickets to Hot Buttered Rum Friday. We’ll also be giving away free beer koozies.


Enter to win tickets to Leftover Salmon & The Easy Leaves by submitting your full name, email address & by choosing the show you would like to attend in the dropdown.

Leftover Salmon & The Easy Leaves contests end Thursday, October 3 at 5pm. Winners will be notified via email by Noon Friday.

The Hot Buttered Rum flag hunt for tickets begins Friday at 12pm in Golden Gate Park.


  1. Cant wait to see Leftover Salmon! #HardlyStrictly weekend is the BEST! Showbams rocks


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