Bear Creek Fest | 11.16 - 11.18 | Florida

Words by: Alexander Borsody | Images by: Zach Mahone

Bear Creek Music & Art Festival :: 11.16.07 – 11.18.07
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park :: Live Oak, FL

Bear Creek 2007
The first annual Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival was a weekend for new music, new friends and a last minute new venue. Originally set to take place in Quincy, Florida, the festival was denied permits by Gadsden County, but through hard work and determination a late switch was made to Spirit of The Suwannee Music Park.

Compared to similar festivals, Bear Creek was relatively small, which made for an interesting dynamic. It was the first time I had been to a festival at Suwannee with so few people in the stadium, which created a low profile and intimate environment. Suwannee is a huge campground with acres of land, stables of horses, a canoe outpost and a caged area where massive emus run around. It's truly a magical place, and the people that live there know it, which is why they are VERY careful everything is kept squeaky clean, even if that means constant bag checks and some casual arrests - the supposed trade off of civil liberties for safety that the South is notorious for.

Burning Spear :: Bear Creek 2007
The lineup was a little bigger and bolder then previous Spanish Moss fall festivals. One of the first bands I caught was a favorite from the 2006 late night shows, Cadillac Jones, who possess a truly unique sound with horns and a DJ reminiscent of '70s Blaxploitation instrumental soundtrack like Shaft and Dolemite. One of the headliners, Burning Spear, came on later that night, playing to a small, cold, yet enthusiastic crowd. People danced, and all had a good time. The Rastaman vibrations cleansed any negativity that people still had with them from the previous week. At the end of Spear's set the band gave the crowd up front a bunch of high fives, visibly pleased to be relating on a personal level.

This was a perfect weekend to discover smaller bands most had never heard of before. Bear Creek offered a sampling of the Southeast's finest new talent. The Soular System is a ska-inspired gospel band that owns the stage when they play. Their live presence is electrifying and their energy infectious, forcing the audience to snap out of whatever comatose state they might be in. The Damn Diz, one of the two horn players, said that they had issues as they warmed up but as they got going people really got into it. Compared to other events at Suwannee, this crowd was short of people looking for a fight, and most folks seemed to have left their egos at the gate. Southern style permeated the grounds and central Florida's The Legendary JCs, a gospel-rock band, stood out. The frontman commanded attention like a Sunday morning Pentecostal preacher. Yet, this was not Sunday, nor was it church, but this kind of music brings the soul back into rock & roll with a unique approach that tapped into the multifaceted tapestry of Southern and American culture.

The Soular System :: Bear Creek 2007
As a distinctively Southern gathering, the presence of the Allman Brothers Band was practically mandatory. There were constant reminders of their influence as the patriarchs of southern rock all weekend. ABB has their own festival at Suwannee called Wanee Fest, which is always a big deal. There was more dirty guitar heard rolling from stage-to-stage than any other event I have ever been too, and fans of good slide work couldn't have asked for more.

The Ralph Roddenbery Band brought authentic southern rock that stopped me dead in my tracks as I was walked by them. Roddenberry's lyrics touched upon a thought in my head and reeled me in, and before I knew it I was laying in a hammock getting lost in his words. In the traditional southern storytelling style, his lyrics were easy to relate to, intertwining common threads in everyday human experiences.

Zach Deputy is a South Carolina musician who's not easy to define. With the aid of fast fingers, a percussionist (lifelong friend Paul Kearns) and a looping pedal, Deputy creates music that is hard to imagine coming from just two people – a full, complex sound that draws many parallels to Keller Williams but is more roots inspired with a stronger emphasis on world rhythms. It's an interesting combination of sounds from a musician who captivated the attention of many this weekend.

Little Feat :: Bear Creek 2007
The ratio of onstage entertainment to offstage antics was especially high at Bear Creek. There was an incredible amount of energy in the campground, with lots of eager amateur musicians, who set up what I call "renegade stages." One band brought their own P.A. and proceeded to rock the residential area like our own private house band. This, and countless other idiosyncrasies and shiny objects, created a Burning Man-like atmosphere, which was solidified by a traveling circus style art collective, The Circle of Love, led by Sheila McGuire.

McGuire has had a foot in the festival industry for years, including this year's Ashefest in North Carolina. The group sets up thousands of dollars worth of instruments and a full generator-run P.A., as well as art supplies and places to sit. McGuire's vision is to have people pick something up and make some music. The best efforts will be selected to perform at a future festival she's planning. The various activities encouraged the socialization of the anti-social and were a great way for everyone to make new friends and have fun. The Circle of Love compound was a high point of the weekend for many. Amongst the unique art was a massive fire breathing metal sculpture made by Roc Art. The whole place felt like Never Never Land, where the lost boys finally find a place to call home.

Umphrey's McGee :: Bear Creek 2007
Headliners Umphrey's McGee and Little Feat, delivered on their top billing status. Two bands that attained success through hard work and hard knocks, they performed like true professionals at a festival that was most likely smaller then what was expected, though the crowd did not seem thin when Little Feat took the stage. Legions of their loyal, excited fans came out, singing along to every song, including a rendition of what they call the real "Jamaican National Anthem" from the Easy Rider soundtrack. I was speaking to the guitar tech and he was really excited about Little Feat's upcoming new album which will include guest spots from lots of big industry names.

Umphrey's McGee took the stage to a handful of people, as well as one or two hecklers. Like true professionals, they played right through until the whole place was packed with electrified dancing shoes. Reaching crescendo after crescendo the music was climactic, coming in waves of incredible guitar solos and jazz rhythms - perfect music to be pushed up next to a speaker stack or to sit under a tree with someone special. Other headlining acts offered no disappointments, too, including fine sets from Perpetual Groove, Dubconscious, Florida heroes The Burnin' Smyrnans and British funkateers New Mastersounds who played an instrumental version of Sly and the Family Stones "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)."

Fall Feels like the perfect time of year to celebrate the rich musical culture of Florida, the real stuff hiding beyond the strip malls and rapid development in the state. Even with circumstances and fate seemingly conspiring against the weekend, everyone who attended enjoyed the inaugural Bear Creek Festival. If anything, the event planning must have been a good learning experience for all involved, where everything that could go wrong probably did. Thanks to a colorful crowd and good, unpretentious music and musicians, one found nothing but smiling faces around the campground.

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Comments

Cleofus starstarstar Fri 11/30/2007 02:44PM
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Cleofus

could that be the same Circle of Love that flipped by skull at Transformus this year? If Don Juan is there it must be....

johnnygoff starstarstarstar Fri 11/30/2007 04:50PM
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johnnygoff

elaborate on "one or two hecklers" during umphreys.

Were they also wavin the flag of 'ole dixie?

sounds like a great lineup!

Mr. Brojangles starstarstarstar Fri 11/30/2007 06:08PM
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It sucks that the turnout wasn't better. Wish I could've made it down, especially for Little Feat. I LOVE the Spirit of Suwannee!

Umphrey's hecklers, that cracks me up! They aren't in my top 20 bands and I enjoy heckling my UM fan buddies, but I always check them out when they're in town, and they put on a damn solid show.

Can't wait to see the Wanee Fest '08 lineup!

beadiamondsomday starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/30/2007 07:50PM
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beadiamondsomday

what is that black thing jake is playing???? sounds like a good time, thanx for the pics and words

Zach Fri 11/30/2007 09:32PM
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Zach

This was hands down one of the best fests I've been too. Not because of the line up necessarily, but because I just met some awesome people and enjoyed myself. All my pictures from that weekend can be viewed at http://www.zachmahone.com/layout/0001/gallery_view.cfm?g=91

n-1 starstarstarstar Fri 11/30/2007 10:13PM
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This festival deserved a MUCH better turn out and hopefully in the future the South East will wise up and get there A** down here, the Home of the ABB and psychedelic Southern rock,, not the ignorant stereotype from the big city, but the soulful connected to the earth southern spirit.

so all in all lets pray this will continue as south florida deserves this festival.

the one or two hecklers where really drunk Umphrey's fans making jokes on the sparse crowd that turned out at the beginning of the show, it was mostly taken in good humor and followed with "if its gonna be that kind of party" "I'm gonna ..in the mash potatoes", there is a tradition of heckling at Umphreys shows as a joke "this album sucks",

-the author, southern transplant NYC to FLA

I_Drink_It_Up starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/30/2007 11:21PM
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I_Drink_It_Up

those "hecklers" were joking FWIW. The fest as a great time, so intamite. A great time.

I_Drink_It_Up starstarstarstarstar Fri 11/30/2007 11:21PM
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I_Drink_It_Up

those "hecklers" were joking FWIW. The fest as a great time, so intamite. A great time.

n-1 Sat 12/1/2007 03:49AM
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it was definitely a joke, but i would have to differ to someone who was there, because given the tone as the crowd was forming people were i think kind of unsure if the crowd would turn out. a heckel is usually and they happen all the time, i think at umphrey's shows it'kind of inide joke, but feelings can be hurt sometimes even in music, good point though,

spaceface7 starstarstar Sat 12/1/2007 12:48PM
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Umphrey's Mcgee - Bearcreek music fest. - 11.18.07

Set One: Got Your Milk (Right Here), Higgins, Eat > 2x2 > Eat, "Jimmy Stewart"* > Walletsworth, Thin Air

Set Two: Nothing Too Fancy^ > Sociable Jimmy, The Bottom Half, Believe the Lie, End of the Road, Band On the Run

Encore Pay the Snucka (part I) > Nothing Too Fancy > Immigrant Song

Notes:

Amphitheater Stage

* similar to 10.04.07 Jazz Odyssey

^ with Brendan and Jake on percussion

Mr. Brojangles Sat 12/1/2007 01:28PM
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Ah, so the "heckling" was a joke sort of thing. Umphrey's and their fans that I know do have a good sense of humor. That's a great quality to have. I hope Bear Creek '08 can happen and be successful and I can make it down. I like the smaller fests with high percentages of good people and bands way better than the mega fests with lots of d-bags and way too much crappy music.

canoftunapudding Sat 12/1/2007 04:19PM
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The presence of the Allman Brothers Band was mandatory...but they weren't in the lineup were they? I don't get that whole paragraph. Nice plug for Wanee fest though. Can't wait til they announce next year's Wanee lineup. Hoping the NMAS come back...and John Popper.

moejoerisin Sat 12/1/2007 05:44PM
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moejoerisin

fordeusch, you sound foolish. the umphrey's set looks solid on paper.. sounds like this was a cool little fest. i hope it stays afloat too.

Ula Sun 12/2/2007 01:55AM
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Ula

Timing this supposed major festival so close to Thanksgiving was a mistake. Even a decent line-up can't ensure success with all of the festival options that are available.

mrjnamt star Sun 12/2/2007 09:11AM
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I don't like this review at all.. where was the mention of PORTER BATISTE AND STOLZ AND THE EVERYONE ORCHESTRA AND DUMPSTAPHUNK AND ROSE HILL DRIVE... Where was this guy during all those shows? It's cool to write about bands you know and our friends with I do the same thing but wow....

n-1 Sun 12/2/2007 10:04AM
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this was a small florida festival, so i wrote about the smaller florida bands, and no i don't know them. they were new to me, and i really enjoyed them, so i wanted to turn some people on to them. 2 cents

n-1 Sun 12/2/2007 10:05AM
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the original line was the presence of the allman brothers was ubiquitous

johnnygoff Sun 12/2/2007 10:06AM
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johnnygoff

wow! I had no idea rose hill drive, PBS and dumpstaphunk were there! damn! Would love to have gotten a review of PBS and Dumpstaphunk especially. The UM really weren't hecklers at all, apparently...huh?

that review makes it sound like people were "really" heckling UM...

maybe, it should have been, "drunk dudes yelling about the low turnout", which in most cases, would not have considered worthy of a mention in a review....just my 2 cents.

cheers.

MRX2 Sun 12/2/2007 10:23AM
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sounds like florida has some interesting stuff going on, nice piece.

n-1 Sun 12/2/2007 01:09PM
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just want to comment that it was simply overheard from park employees that the festival lost money it was in no way a fact, and i apologize if i represented it as such.

big up to Brooklyn!

mrjnamt Sun 12/2/2007 05:54PM
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....

johnnygoff Sun 12/2/2007 06:43PM
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johnnygoff

hey knowledge junky,

you write for rolling stone and/or relix? if not now. when? This, according to your blog....

just curious?

Marcsmall Sun 12/2/2007 07:28PM
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Marcsmall

It's Florida, what do you expect. I know that If I was in Florida I would expect average fans, poor turnout and wet, moldy nuggets.

mrjnamt Sun 12/2/2007 09:23PM
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AN ALTERNATIVE REVIEW

In the middle of North Florida there is a magical place where for years the music of many festivals has filled the cypress trees. There is no logical explanation but music just sounds better when it is emanating from the intimate amphitheater stage that is a pinnacle part of any festival held at this site. Bear Creek Music festival was no exception to this wonderful experience of being at the Suwannee River Music Park. Over the years many patrons have come to know this place as a home away from home. I arrived early Friday morning and was greeted by the sounds of the FSU blues band. Every person on stage was very professional and patrons were rewarded with the blues sounds of legends such as Muddy Waters. It was a pleasant way to start the weekend.

Another part of the whole Suwannee experience is the Music or Dance Hall. It offers an intimacy and different sound and, in this case, warmth that the other stages couldn’t provide. As I walked into the Music Hall, I heard the funky, southern rock tone of the guitarist of a recently formed band called the Dirty Robots. Every person in this band has been involved with other Florida bands over the years, but this project is something they are all very excited about and it shows in their performance on stage. Their sound combines traditional blues, southern rock and the funk of New Orleans. The result is a very refreshing sound.

I returned to the outside world to catch the tail end of the Heavy Pets. I had heard many things about these guys. From what I heard of the end of their set, their sound was a blend of electronic, funk and dance music. Their energy level is higher and their setlists isn’t as monotonous as other bands in the same genre, which may be why their popularity is growing in the jam band community.

Up next on the agenda was Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. I am convinced that Dumpstaphunk is one of the most under-rated bands on tour right now. I just tell people to see them and don't take my word on it. They are the keepers of a line of funk that can only be passed from a father to a son or come from somewhere in your heart just like the blues. I don't think you can just play funk, I think you have to feel funk and every member of Dumpstaphunk feels it. From Nick Daniels and Tony Hall on the Bass to Raymond Webber on the drums, Ian on the guitar and to Ivan on the Keys. There is no party like a Dumpstaphunk party. They were joined on stage by the legendary George Porter Jr. (the original meters) and Matt Grondin (Inca Maya).

Their songs bring the beauty and heart of new Orleans and the tragedy of Katrina to the rest of the world, while at the same time keeping the crowd moving from start to finish. This first Dumpstaphunk show left the crowd wanting more and luckily for them Dumpstaphunk was scheduled to play again the next night.

As the night wore on, Burning Spear took the stage. It is always interesting to see a legendary band that you have listened to for years. My expectations are always very high. It was very cold outside but everyone who was in the audience was focused on what was happening on stage. Their set was good, not great. Their energy level seemed low and I’m sure the weather was a factor. They played the songs that were expected and I think most people were just happy to see living legends.

The temperature outside continued to drop and many patrons made their way to the heated music hall where the regional, funk band Soular System took the stage. Part of who these guys are is their ability to be different and not care. Their personalities on and stage have fascinated and entertained me on more than one occasion. Their style of funk is more outrageous than traditional. Their core sound is very nicely supplemented with their horns section which many funk bands aren’t as fortunate to have. Finally, their choice of outfits and crowd interaction solidifies their place in Florida music.

For those who were able to brave the cold, they were treated by a rare treat of a combination of extradordinary musical talent. The Everyone Orchestra is lead by conductor Matt Butler. The concept is a no-rehearsal jam on stage lead by Butler and composed of various musicians who are playing at a festival The everyone orchestra’s configuration is different for every show and so are the results. However, the ingredients for this show was a heavy dose of new Orleans sprinkled with the saxophone sounds of Skerik and many other guests. The result was undeniably good.

I was awakened Saturday by the high-energy dance grooves of Cadillac Jones. Another favorite of many patrons attending Bear Creek, these guys just have fun onstage. Their crowd senses this and as a result everyone has a good time. The soulful, richness of the whole festival continued with the Legendary Jc’s took the stage. Their sound is reminiscent of a time years ago when funky, soul legends from Otis Redding to James Brown ruled the stage. It’s hard not to single out the leader singer in this band whose stage presence commands the attention of not only everyone in his band but everyone in the audience. They played a very solid set and those who had never seen them before left as dedicated fans.

As the day waned, Porter, Batiste and Stoltz (PBS) began one of the break-out performances of the festival. This is a legendary group of musicians from George Porter Jr. on the Bass, Russell Batiste on the drums and Brian Stoltz on the guitar. This trio didn’t mess around and began exposing their audience with their masterful command of their individual instrumets. Their base funk sound was coated with soulful and blues songs and rock and roll. For those patrons who weren’t as familiar with the sounds of New Orleans, this show was a highlight of their weekend. It just goes to prove that legends are indeed timeless.

At any good festival, there is that one band who seeks and destroys the expectations of its audience with a powerful sound. This band at bear creek was Rose Hill Drive. This power trio from Boulder was coming off spending the majority of their summer opening up for The Who and rocking the United Kingdom. They have managed to do what so many rock bands have failed to do. They have been able to honor the sounds of Zeppelin and Sabbath without sounding like they were imitating them in any way. Their sound is their own. Their songs are pure rock and roll and their shows leave their crowds stunned and wanting more.

Over on the amphitheatre stage, Little Feat was warming up the stage. Many younger patrons grew up on the sounds of Little Feat. In their own way they killed it, playing all the hits and rejoicing in the fact that even after all this time they were still able to make music together for people. They were a nice appetizer for the show that was slotted to begin next. Dumpstaphunk was about to take the stage, except this time they brought with them an arsenal of special guests.

The funk term used to describe music is said to have derived from a crazy dance party in New Orleans during the middle of summer. A band had the whole crowd moving and the smell of sweat and a hot, summer night in New Orleans. One patron so overwhelmed by the smell that he proclaimed that someone should open the windows to let the “funk out”. Dumpstaphunk carries on this tradition in more ways than one. Even their name pays homage to the idea of where the dirtiest, nastiest funk comes from … a dumpster. The crowd became united as one, everyone feeling the same bass lines and completely enchanted by the sound of Ian’s guitar and Ivans vocals. Dumpstaphunk stepped up and lead everyone into the land of a late night jazzfest show in New Orleans, a land that many never make it to. They were joined on stage by a horns section lead by Skerik and Brian Stolz. As they were joined on stage by these guests, Dumpstaphunk took the next level. The show was an intense roller coaster of

mrjnamt Sun 12/2/2007 09:25PM
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sorry the paragraphing didnt copy over

cocheese starstarstar Mon 12/3/2007 05:54AM
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cocheese

there is no better place to see live music in a outdoor venue than the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. Love that place! "Way down upon the Suwannee River!"

headySetList starstarstarstar Mon 12/3/2007 07:16AM
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headySetList

hmm i wonder if, who wrote that is in any way affiliated with the festival...

mrjnamt Mon 12/3/2007 07:26AM
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I am a music lover and therefore I am affiliated with every festival :)

n-1 starstarstarstar Mon 12/3/2007 07:26AM
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im in contact with the relix dude right now, told me to pitch him some ideas

n-1 Mon 12/3/2007 07:36AM
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see I spend alot of the year in NYC and the office is a couple blocks away...

kider54 starstar Mon 12/3/2007 07:40AM
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I guess that everyone is forgetting to mention that Bear Creek ripped everybody off with false adverting. It said like $95 in advance $110 at the gate. I figured after the shipping charges(and the fact that they had problems with the prior venue), might as well buy one at the gate. I drove 6 hours to this festie. Get to the gate, and they want $135. No explanation whatso ever(thats illegal guys, its called false advertising). I drove that far I wasn't going to leave, but that is complete BS. You don't get good pre-sales so you just raise the price on the rest of us that came out. I love the beautiful and magical Suwanee, but I can go to other festivals there, and will not be going back to bear creek. BTW: Umph, Booty Band, the HEavy Pets, Skerik, Dubconcious, and P-Groove(first night) rocked my socks. peace.

n-1 Mon 12/3/2007 07:42AM
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once again, I'm sure every one involved got paid at the end of the day and everyone who worked the festival from top to bottom is satisfied with that. (catching heat)

paulthewolf Mon 12/3/2007 08:17AM
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Hey kider-

email Paul at paul@bearcreekmusicfestival.com

We'll get you straightened out.

n-1 Mon 12/3/2007 09:13AM
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thanks paul for contacting me yesterday, truly a respectable business man, and supporter of the arts.

with my journalism i try to be as candid and unique as possible, if i make a mistake i admit it, but i try not to let what other people might think of me effect what i say. ultimate purpose is to serve up the readers with what they want.

there will be another review of Bear Creek from a different perspective coming up in Honest Tune.

n-1 Mon 12/3/2007 10:16AM
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also worth mention, Rat Dog was in Boca Fla. that same weekend.

surlybuf Mon 12/3/2007 10:34AM
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What was not mentioned in this review was just about everything. The weekend was filled with the feel of a New Orleans Funk Jam. For me the highlight of the weekend was Everyone Orchestra with PBS as the host band, Skerik on sax and even Burning Spear filling in on vocals. Dumpstaphunk had two great sets with revolving guests musicians, and Skerik showed up just about everywhere. And then there is Rose Hill Drive. I love it when a festy brings in some heat. A band that will tear it up with out a care whose ears are blown. Rose Hill filled that slot of heavy rock and or roll. Just as their hair is as long as it is beautiful, these guys rocked the house.

If you missed all the music or maybe got a little cold... Just throw it in a Dumpsta!

headySetList starstarstarstar Mon 12/3/2007 11:31AM
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headySetList

I was there, i think this review is unique, and a good read. i'm pretty sure its def gonna HELP the fest. glad some of florida's lesser known talent was covered! Ralph Roddenbery !

i was one of the ones who bought a 135 dollar ticket

anyone notice there was was no mention of that in the article,

MisterSqueaks Mon 12/3/2007 11:41AM
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this festival was truly bad to the bone. lots of obstacles were overcome, and it is a true testament to the devotion of paul to make it happen. the turn wasnt waht it could have been, but then again, there was the last minue venue change, and freezing temperatures. this festival was worth it for those devoted enough. the turn out also seemed small because of the large venue...SOS can hold many many thousands of people, so when it isnt packed out, it seems empty. but it was full of spirit, thats for damn sure.

as for the last minute price changes...i heard (this is speculation) that it was employees of the park changing the prices, NOT the festival itself.

took some photos at the fest.... www.myspace.com/matthewwrightphotography

also wrote a review which may be feature in Et Cetera Magazine (www.etceteramagazine.com). couldnt get the story in time for the first issue, but may be featured online.

THIS FESTIVAL IS A MUST GO-TO NEXT YEAR! itll probably be in quincy, which is great despite the extra driving ill have to do. i love the spirit of the suwanee, but they are a bit too law enforcement friendly for my taste.....though from what i saw the police were more concerned with staying warm than harassing kids. but for everyone next year, BE PREPARED FOR THE COLD! if you are ready for it, it was fun. but if you forgot your mittens, and couldnt feel yo fingas, then you had to "put it in the dumpsta."

thank you paul for a great festival. the intimate environment was great, and it seemed that it enabled the artists to relax and have as much fun as the fans.

n-1 Mon 12/3/2007 11:58AM
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wanna hear about Dumpstaphunk? they played "Put ot in the Dumpsta" twice the second night as a sort of overture/jam, it was hilarious and awesome. i wanted to give each band at close to a paragraph rather then superficially covering every one.

to all the tally locals (all 6 on this board) at least this is getting the word out there, its a FUN fest, i tired to express that at least. There might not have been any coverage had i not pitched the idea

MRX2 Mon 12/3/2007 12:43PM
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hmm no mention of the drama between with the "event on the other side of the park" that could have been interesting. better it gets laid to rest...

cheers to paralounge drum circle AND bear creek!

MRX2 Mon 12/3/2007 12:44PM
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New Masterssounds! Funked it UP

stairway to freebird starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/3/2007 01:46PM
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stairway to freebird

I loved the festival, many thanks to Clint from Paralounge for sharing the weekend with Bear Creek. The highlights for the weekend in my eyes were Dumpstaphunk (Skerik and George Porter were on FIRE for their sit-ins, and the band was nothing short of stellar), PBS's genius jamming, Zach Deputy in his mad acoustic skills, Ralph Roddenberry (ah, the soul!), Cadillac Jones, Tallahassee All-Stars (sure felt like Mango and Friends, what a hot set), and the Circle of Love, the festival within the festival. Aside from the heavy fuzz, I felt the festival went beyond expectations, given the last-minute change in venue. Now that Sarah's pushing to put together DOtF '08, I wonder if Paul is gonna still want to move Bear Creek to Quincy... any which way, I know I'll be boogying in the Northern Florida woods around Turkey Day next year.

Jahvision starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/4/2007 03:05PM
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Jahvision

I wanted to go and id not....I read the review and I read the whole review (something I don't do all the time) that tells me it was written well...seemed like I missed a good time.....If a lot people did not show the numbers obviously are not going to turn a profit/break even...BIG up to promoter who wants Music to come to FLA....Hope that we see another Bear Creek again...Those arrests suck...It's getting cold...Time to go to Holidaze...

festgrrl Tue 12/4/2007 05:15PM
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I loved the Bear Creek Festival, and thanks so much to the intrepid organizers. The funk vibe was just plain happy. I came to see Little Feat, but my favorite was Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, hands down. What a throwdown! The fest was beautifully organized, and the venue - well, you can't beat Suwannee Music Park. this was my fifth fest in a row since August, and a great way to end the run. Y'all need to come down here for Bear Creek next year!

n-1 Wed 12/5/2007 06:59AM
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I am way more excited for next years Bear Creek then the supposed down on the farm 4 that, rumor is spreading about, though both would be nice to have in fla. I hope this article got the word out, opened up a channel for discussion, and let people know how much FUN it actually was and that more people will attend next year.

most fests dont start off, with huge numbers, Langerado started out as some tiny, mediocre one day festival. every year getting a little bigger.

badmofo star Wed 12/5/2007 09:58AM
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Wow! Great Fest! The crowd size was perfect (as long as they can throw the fest again next year). Crappy review! The bands that really blew me away were PBS, Dumpstafunk, Ancient Harmony, SeepeopleS and Little Feat...

Let's do this again next year!!!!!!

dakind1 Wed 12/5/2007 11:12AM
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I agree this festival is tops on my list for sure. A great time, friday was freezing, but that's why there was a music hall. YMBFBB always throws a party.

Hey badmofo, did you see the band in the hall with SeepeopleS?

jbog star Wed 12/5/2007 03:10PM
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headySetList Wed 12/5/2007 08:54PM
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headySetList

thats just bob, another dude who works for the festie,

knibbs Thu 12/6/2007 12:47PM
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knibbs

I love the Spirit of Swanee, had a great time down there covering the Wanee fest this past April (for the base, of course). I'm just curious as to why you, knowledge_junky, need to sound like a savior to the fest: "there might have been no coverage had i not pitched the idea" thanks for that but who cares - though i applaud you for sticking to your guns, sometimes these comments get brutal and taking them personal is too time consuming. PBS trio sounds nasty, and RHD all ways kills. Nice review welcome to the team-peace

headySetList Thu 12/6/2007 05:46PM
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quoate just bob "jbog" an organizer for the festival

http://www.funknjam.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2821

I don't know the numbers yet, but from what I heard, it was over 2,000 tickets sold. 1/3 the people were sitting in camp next to a fire. Only a couple bands got everyone out there. They lost money for sure. They also knew they would going into it. The show must go on and it will be back next year.

The stage in the meadow is way too big. Mag and spring use it as backstage area. They bring in a stage to use. It's just sitting over there next to it. The Bros use it, but they are a lot bigger, playing to a lot more people. Ours was put where it was to make the walk shorter between the 2 stages. With them alternating, you don't want them far apart.

Mike, Umph is a headliner. They were the only band that had 50 to 100 people on the rail waiting 45+ minutes for them to play. They were also only there Sunday. The good music was all weekend.

Bob

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hey alex i showed you this right? your facts were not incorrect don't be so hard on yourself, hows your cousin Jason Rizzi doing? i saw his work on the cover LOS documentary siiick.

n-1 Fri 12/7/2007 08:44AM
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If anything I wasn't trying to paint myself as the savior just not the Antichrist ! My skins thick though

overtherails Fri 12/7/2007 03:13PM
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HEAVY PETS: WILL BRICK YO FACE

n-1 Tue 12/18/2007 10:52AM
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got an email from spanish moss and they wanted to enforce that they are in no way affiliated with the event, you can check your website for more info on that. they were mentioned because the same people that put on this were involved in down on the farm which, had a similar line up, date, and location. you can read more on spanish mosses website and if you want to investigate it follow the breadcrumbs, it gets really complicated and is another story all together.

n-1 Thu 12/20/2007 05:17PM
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watch for my article on a yet to be named magazine website we all know

headySetList starstarstar Sat 12/29/2007 03:25AM
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glad to see this thread finally quite down, it was time. now wheres the next lively discussion...

friedboogers star Thu 3/27/2008 02:04PM
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Wow, i was there and apparently we were at different festivals. "a few casual arrests" over 35 is not a few arrests. police scaring 18 yr olds into creating entrapment situations is anything but casual. So many gas powered ATV's and golf carts used by the local smokies in a nature preserve makes me cry. Props to the promoters for a good lineup and getting it all together last minute, but please, don't throw it there again or you will never see my money again.

n-1 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/1/2008 10:42AM
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Bear Creek 2008 might happen and this year it might be back in Quincy, Ill be in NY but have fun!

discomcgee Mon 7/21/2008 09:55AM
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this year bear creek is gonna be the shit. hopefully we get another low turn out, that was awesome hahaha

n-1 starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/29/2008 11:52AM
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agreed, low turn out = fun & intamite, but we want to be able to have these in the future, I like the buzz around the fest right now, i think its going to be OFF THE LEASH