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

6. Derek Trucks with Lettuce @ Bear Creek 2008 - In my opinion, the single greatest moment in the history of Bear Creek was the first time Derek Trucks sat in with Lettuce on the Porch Stage following Nigel Hall’s wedding. They played “King of the Burbs” > the greatest “Move On Up” I’ve heard them play -- and I’ve heard them play it many times. Nigel was married earlier that day onsite – Kofi Burbridge played the flute as guests arrived, Papa Mali presided over the ceremony and the Chapel was packed with everyone from Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk and all their other friends. During the Lettuce set all that energy carried over. It was magical.

[Filmed by Royal Family Presents]

7. Tree House Staff Parties @ Bear Creek 2008 & 2009 - The infamous Tree House staff parties. At the conclusion of a great festival I love getting together with the staff, musicians and folks that are still left onsite, and reliving the music that we all just shared. The spirit of Bear Creek was always reflected in these great spur-of-the- moment collaborations that happen during the festival and the staff party.

8. KDTU plays "Thriller" @ Bear Creek 2009 - Late night around 3 a.m. in the Purple Hat Circus Tent Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe played “Thriller.” Talk about a dance party. I always loved that stage, except that with the weather it seemed like the tent was sweating. Some of our fans dubbed it "Wookie Rain."

[Filmed by Jeremy Sewell]

9. Lettuce with the JB Horns @ Bear Creek 2010 - On the Sunday of the 2010 festival Lettuce played with the JB Horns on the Amphitheatre Stage. I’ll always remember the guys playing “The Chicken” with Pee Wee Ellis. It’s one of the most played songs in the history of jazz music but there was just something particularly special about it that day.

[Filmed by Royal Family Presents]

10. Avis Berry’s Soul Review in the Purple Hat Circus Tent @ Bear Creek 2008 - Scott Campbell was on stage, a few of the Shady Horns, Tony Hall and other guests, and they played “The Maker." It was always one of my favorite JGB covers and this version gave me goose bumps.

In just about a month more memorable moments will surely take place at Bear Creek 2013. Tickets are available now through the event's website.

[Published on: 10/14/13]

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