Review And Media | Bear Creek Music Festival | Florida

Looking Back on the Bliss: What they are saying

Luke Quaranta - Toubab Krewe

My lasting impression of Bear Creek is the spirit of community and sense of place that extended to musicians, organizers, and all festival participants!

Adam ‘Shmeans’ Smirnoff - Lettuce

When I think back on Bear Creek 2013, all I can think of is The funk, and nothing but the funk

David Shaw - The Revivalists

The friends and memories made at Bear Creek are ones that I won't soon forget! I can't wait to see what next year holds for all of us at Suwannee.

John Speice IV (Brownout)

Firstly, as someone who had been to BC before with Mike D, I was super happy one of "my" bands finally got invited. Once there, it was a great feeling to be received so warmly and make a bunch of new friends/fans for Brownout. We were sad to have to leave before Sat/Sun and very much hope to come back and stay all weekend. My favorite show while I was there was Antibalas on the Amphitheater Stage. They are old friends and were super dynamic and focused..Also, thanks a million to Skerik for playing both shows with us, He's been a huge supporter of both Brownout and Grupo Fantasma for a while now. It's particularly gratifying when a horn player of his stature says we have a "top 3 horn section out there right now." Bear Creek is funk heaven!

Ryan Shapiro (Fiyawerx Productions)

As far as festivals in the jam scene goes , Bear Creek raised the bar to the next level. There's something really special, almost magical when you are on the camp grounds, surrounded by all your family and friends in the scene...Everyone is always smiling , and all the positive energy that coming from every direction , is just contagious . I'm already thinking about Bear Creek 2014 , and doing it all over again , Fiyawerx style ...

Dave McSweeney (Greenhouse Lounge)

There is nothing quite like Bear Creek and the family that is BC. I first attended The precursor to Bear Creek, Down on the Farm, in 2004 when I was 19, and to see how far we've come and how many amazing artists have played over the years is just mind blowing. I've seen some of the best sit ins to go down over the past decade at Bear Creek and that will stay with me for the rest of my life. The family has been there for me through thick and thin, that means the world to me. My life wouldn't be what it is without the influence and love that Bear Creek has given.

Festival Curator Paul Levine with the final word:

I think Bear Creek is so special because- with the exception of Jam Cruise and Jazz Fest - it is the one festival that really focuses on the funk and big band genre and truly embraces the whole jazz'/funk community completely for one weekend of magic in the woods. We just celebrated our 7th Bear Creek. Since the beginning, we have intentionally booked the best funk bands on the planet. We often book these bands for two shows over the weekend and also book a bunch of the most skilled instrumentalists to be artists at large at the festival. Bear Creek is viewed by musicians as a great hang with their peers. Musicians are able to come on site and feel relaxed and at home instantly, knowing that the venue is well run and that most of their friends will be on site. This leads to inspired performances and more sit-ins per minute than any festival I am aware of. The fans of this genre are the most passionate and loving music fans I know of. The barriers between fans and artists at Bear Creek are totally broken down. Many musicians come to Bear Creek even if they are not scheduled to play because of the incredible music and the warm community that gathers at Bear Creek. This family vibe is really what makes Bear Creek so special.

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[Published on: 12/3/13]

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