Bear Creek Fest Lineup

Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival Announces Lineup

The Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival will return to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida November 14 - 16 for what promises to be a memorable weekend of music, arts and revelry with an undercurrent of environmental awareness and charity. The fun will commence with an intimate "pre-festival" kick-off party, taking place onsite on Thursday, November 13. Early bird tickets for this festival are available until September 16 and can be purchased at

Florida's own JJ Grey & MOFRO is the most recent addition to the Bear Creek roster of artists, which already boasts Yonder Mountain String Band, Soulive and The Everyone Orchestra (featuring Phish drummer Jon Fishman, and String Cheese Incident multi-instrumentalist Michael Kang). These four headliners accurately frame the scope of this festival, with Grey's brilliant songwriting, Yonder Mountain's bluegrass and beyond, Soulive's smart funk and the creating-music-on-the-spot spirit of The Everyone Orchestra.

Bear Creek will also feature multiple "live art" painters during performances. Musically inclined regional artists will create paintings "in the moment" (in shared spirit with most of the musical acts) and bring forth works inspired by the music and created in front of the festival crowd. Some of the resulting pieces will be available during a silent auction (which provides a great way to support local artists, not to mention get early Christmas shopping done).

The Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival will deepen its environmental commitment (and take a cue from the venerable Magnolia Festival) by taking part in the debut of the ambitious Green Program. "The Spirit of Suwannee is an environmentally-friendly facility and is committed to enhancing its 'green' policies," says Park representative Robin White, "During the coming years festival goers will see improvements through the use of biodegradable materials, water conservation policies, habitat protection efforts, recycling and more."

Fittingly, there will be many nature-oriented activities offered during the Bear Creek Music Festival, most notably scenic canoe trips on the legendary Suwannee River, which will depart from the festival site. There will be a charitable Frisbee golf tournament and fervent sports fans will always have the option of a satellite-enhanced sports bar (yes, they will have ALL of that weekend's college and NFL games).

Bear Creek will also address a long-standing concern of festival audiences. Oftentimes fans are left wishing they could have had more music from their favorite band. Bear Creek answers this concern by offering multiple sets from nine bands. "We are very happy to be able to have bands playing multiple sets over the course of the weekend," says festival organizer Paul Levine. "It gives the artists and the audience a better chance to get to know each other and have a more personal experience." Among the bands that will perform twice are the New Orleans-rooted Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, England's The New Mastersounds, one of the elite young funk bands, and the rabidly-pursued Georgia jam band Perpetual Groove. Also in this group are The Motet (who will be joined by Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese Incident), and the rarely seen in the south, veteran New York funksters, Lettuce.

A star-studded Bear Creek Super Jam will be unveiled onsite, and the hybrid act Dr. Claw will feature Ian Neville, Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno and other ace musicians – collaborations exclusive to Bear Creek. Thursday's pre-festival kickoff party will include sets from Perpetual Groove, The Motet with Hollingsworth, Dubconscious and others.


Yonder Mountain String Band
Everyone Orchestra w/ Jon Fishman
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk x2
Perpetual Groove x2
The New Mastersounds x2
Lettuce x2
The Motet with Kyle Hollingsworth x2
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Sam Kininger Band
Dubconscious x2
Robert Walter Trio
John Brown's Body x2
Zach Deputy x2
Dr. Claw (Ian Neville, Nick Daniels, Big Sam, Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno, Nigel Hall)
The Legendary JC's
The Brian Jordan Trio
The Afromotive
Jim Weider's ProJECT PERcoLAToR
Tommy Talton Band
Chicago Afrobeat Project
The Pnuma Trio
McTuff featuring Skerik
The Windfall
The Soular System
Brother Bean x2
Bonobos Convergence
Rebecca Jean Smith
Cadillac Jones
Ancient Harmony
Fusebox Funk
Green Hit
Deep Blue Sun
Stop Drop and Roll
The Sarah Mac Band
The Malah
Dr. Louis Sullivan
The Low-Down Throw-Down
Trial By Stone
The Burnin Smyrnans
Corporal Boil
Donna Hopkins Band
Shak Nasti
Warehouse Jazz Project
Polyester Pimpstrap
Tallahassee All-Stars
Curious Circus
Suwannee Bluegrass Mafia
Bear Creek Superjam
FSU Blues Band Skerik Artist At Large
Telepath - Thursday only

Ticket Information

Tickets are $125 until September 16 when they increase to $145. Price includes music, primitive camping, all fees, taxes and shipping charges.
Gate price $165.
Day tickets are $75 Friday and Saturday, $50 on Sunday and are only available at the gate.

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[Published on: 9/9/08]

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rjd999 Tue 9/9/2008 09:48AM
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wooo lettuce, mastersounds, soulive, dumpstaphunk, big sam, sam kinninger!! this sounds like a party! have fun everybody, put your funk face on!

farquha Tue 9/9/2008 09:59AM
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I bet the MOtet with Kyle will be playing Talking Heads.!!

BRabbit Tue 9/9/2008 10:10AM
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love it

Lenox Tue 9/9/2008 10:10AM
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ill be there!

Lenox Tue 9/9/2008 10:11AM
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question, does anyone know if this is the final lineup? ive been checking their site for a couple months and while yonder has always been on the top of the list, their site has said for awhile that the main headliner was still TBA.

discomcgee Tue 9/9/2008 10:22AM
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Mofro, Polyester Pimpstrap and Telepath are the last additions

beatkeeper25 Tue 9/9/2008 10:33AM
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I think JJ Grey & MOFRO is considered the other headliner...

iwantstogetfunkedup starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/9/2008 10:39AM
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Holy FUNK Fest!! I don't think I can justify a trip from Oakland, CA but goddamn that linep is sick.

jordonimo Tue 9/9/2008 10:46AM
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man, this looks awesome! florida is a long way from me though

Conjugal Burning Tue 9/9/2008 11:25AM
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Conjugal Burning

between soulive, lettuce, and Dr. Claw, Krasno is all over the damn place at the BC. And what is McTuff? Anything with Skerik is golden like a shower but i was just wondering

surlybuf Tue 9/9/2008 12:45PM
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deadpig79 Tue 9/9/2008 12:57PM
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McTuff is skeriks jazz project with some peeps from seattle. and they fucking rage!

jambandfan starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/9/2008 01:36PM
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i can't wait! i've been looking forward to this festival for quite some time. last year was incredible, and this year looks like it will be even better. see ya'll in november. :)

DJ Saturday Baxter Tue 9/9/2008 01:48PM
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DJ Saturday Baxter

this is one of the sickest lineups i have seen. I am all about the funk, soul, groove , dance party....and this festival is sick! The Motet...2x shows sick!! New Mastersounds, Soullive, Lettuce, Chicago Afrobeat, Brian Jordan Trio, Robert Walter trio, Cadillac JOnes...

Myself and my Jax Beach Posse will be there... Anyother Jax beachers out there??!

jwatson8388 Tue 9/9/2008 03:07PM
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i love the spirit of suwannee first festival was there (wanee fest 06) and its always such a breath of fresh air to get out of a huge lot and into the woods and campsites

i suggest anyone who hasn't been to down to bear creek, mag fest, or wanee fest should definitely make a trip.

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so MOFRO is the other headliner.. I was rapt with attention to find out who it would be!!!

n-1 starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/10/2008 06:40AM
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unique funk/soul line up, this is much needed in these times.

fsu420 starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/10/2008 04:33PM
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last year this festival proved to be one of my favorite weekends of music and this coming from someone who made it to cheese at the rocks, echo, langerado, and sts9 NYE just to name a few. There was not only gorgeous camping and an fantastic lineup, but a great group of florida folks who really made this trip so much fun. don't miss out on the best event of the fall!

fsu420 starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/10/2008 04:34PM
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p.s. Pnuma Trio is gonna kill it!

elRodNino Wed 9/10/2008 08:13PM
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Love the lineup and the venue, one of the best outdoor venues in the southeast. And it's really nice to see A LOT of our favorite local bands from Atlanta on the bill. Be sure to check some of 'em out, especially Deep Blue Sun, Ralph Rodenberry, Donna Hopkins and Stop, Drop & Roll.

kider54 starstarstar Wed 9/10/2008 11:21PM
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Definately sounds like a cool festie, and I agree Suwannee is a beautiful place, (up there with deerfields and hornings) but you gotta watch your ass out there. Every festie the local 5.0. rolls around the camp grounds and takes out like 10-20 people for local revenue. I got popped out there for touching a glass piece when sts9 and bob wier were out there about 5 years ago. Actually sat in jail a few days for it. Great place to see music, just a little 6up remnder for anyone who hasn't made it out there before. And for who ever stole my rubbermaid bin full of food at last years party fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck uuuuuuuuuuuu

pheelinphine79 starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/11/2008 08:51AM
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Gonna be another GREAT year! Thursday night is where it's at. Brother Bean, Telepath, and Motet with Kyle are going to be the gitdown! YOW!

umphscr Wed 9/17/2008 11:07AM
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Im thinking about this now that LAngerado is not longer a real festival

Pixiestix318 starstar Thu 10/2/2008 06:22PM
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I've heard so many great things about the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park as an outdoor venue. Although I've never visited that part of Florida, I think this year's Bear Creek line-up is just the push I needed to finally make the drive. Pnuma Trio, JJ Grey & Mofro, Yonder Mountain, P-Groove, Soulive and Dumpstafunk!!! One hell of a line-up, and disk golf on site, count me in!

earthboundmisfit87 Tue 10/14/2008 04:41PM
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This fest is awesome!!! Good small festie vibe, great people, awesome location... check out Brother Bean... they haven't hit it all that big but are a MUST SEE! Also Dubconscious... anyways you need to go!!!

lowcountry starstarstarstar Sun 10/26/2008 06:55PM
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I'm countin' down the days for this one! A whole lotta good music in one of the most beautiful settings in the Southeast. I had the pleasure of attending Magnolia Fest last Fall, and once I saw the lineup for this one I put it on the calendar. Be sure to check out Zach Deputy, an up-and-comer from my home-town area of Bluffton/Hilton Head, SC. He's got a fun, island-flavored sound, mixed in with some funky looping action! See everybody there!