The Hellman Winter Stomp, seen here in 2019, returns to the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on Sunday, Feb 23. Photo by Ken Friedman.


Expect plenty of picking-and-grinning later this month when the music-loving family that has brought the world Hardly Strictly Bluegrass joins with friends for the Hellman Winter Stomp, an evening of American roots music, a buffet (included in ticket price) and good times, featuring the kids, grandkids and friends of the late Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman, at the Sweetwater Music Hall on Feb. 23.

Since the 2011 passing of Warren Hellman, the financier and philanthropist who called the free, three-day festival he created in 2000 the “world’s most selfish gift,” his musically-inclined family members have formed their own bands and performing on the small stages at HSB and elsewhere as Marco and the Polos, the Well Known Strangers and more. They do so with a tongue-in-cheek motto: “Four great bands, four great chords.”

The Hellman Winter Stomp features the Hellman Family Band and many special guests, including three generations of Hellman’s siblings, offspring and grandchildren across a blend of the Hellman bands, including The Well Known Strangers, Marco and the Polos, Nancy and the Lambchops, Purple Glaze, Coyote Rose and include their musical cohorts who have played with Elvis Costello, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Raitt, The Waybacks, Poor Man’s Whiskey, and many more. Band members include:  Nancy Hellman Bechtle, Katie Gibbs, Ruthie Gibbs, Tricia Hellman Gibbs, Avery Hellman, Frances Hellman, Judith Hellman, Laurel Hellman, Mick (Marco) Hellman, Andy Allen-Fahlander, Rob Anderson, Stevie Coyle, Austin de Lone, Caroline de Lone, Amber Morris, David Noble, David Zirbel and Joshua Zucker
Doors open at 4:30 pm for a special buffet for the first 100 guests at 4pm. Music starts at 6pm. Tickets are $20 per person and include the buffet (limited to first 100). 

The 411: The Hellman Winter Stomp, featuring the kids, grandkids and friends of the late Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman, hits the Sweetwater Music Hall19 Corte Madera Avenue on Feb. 23. Tix $20.  Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley. MORE INFO & TIX.  

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