The JB List | Paul Levine Lists 10 Bear Creek Festival Highlights

For the seventh year in a row the Bear Creek Music & Art Festival will be held at scenic The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL this November. Set to run from November 14 - 17, this year's lineup includes many JamBase favorites such as The Roots, Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Lettuce, Zach Deputy, The New Mastersounds and Dumpstaphunk.

As a bit of a preview of the 2013 installment of Bear Creek we asked Paul Levine, the man behind the festival, to share ten of his favorite moments from Bear Creek's past. Note, the list isn't in any particular order.

1. London Souls @ Bear Creek 2009 - London Souls were playing on what’s probably our smallest stage at Bear Creek - the Full Sail Stage on the right hand side of the Music Hall. Near the end of an incredible set, Tash Neal broke three stings at once but never hesitated or stopped. He just figured it out and got it done. That’s a real rock star.

2. Daptone Super Soul Review @ Bear Creek 2011 - The Daptone Super Soul Review on the Purple Hat Stage was one long incredible day of music and collaborations. The Charles Bradley set was out of this world. “Heartache and Pain” in particular was a real stand out.

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3. The Food @ Bear Creek 2012 - In addition to music, food is something that brings people together at Bear Creek. I remember watching Ivan & Ian Neville, and a bunch of the other guys huddled around Chef David Carrier’s grilled oyster station, shucking oysters and slipping them down for what felt like hours. Last year, we gathered for an endless crawl fish boil. Nothing better than listening to music, eating and laughing with your favorite musicians.

4. Burning Spear @ Bear Creek 2007 - Watching Burning Spear on the Amphitheatre Stage in 32 degree weather and seeing the steam rising off his bald head. The cold weather couldn’t slow him down though. After that I drove him to the Meadow Stage to sit in with Matt Butler’s Everyone Orchestra which featured PBS (George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste and Brian Stoltz).

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5. Dancing With Rachel @ Bear Creek 2007 - Dancing on stage with Rachel Hoffman to "Standing" by Dumpstaphunk. (Note: Rachel is Paul’s longtime friend, who is memorialized through the annual Purple Hatter’s Ball at The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park each May.)


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