In it’s seventh edition of jamtastic glory, Bear Creek Music and Art Festival will once again return to its home at the Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida November 14-17. This year’s lineup features a stellar roster of funk-rooted musicians including The Roots, Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band, Lettuce (two performances), The New Mastersounds (two performances), Zach Deputy (two performances), Karl Denson's Tiny Universe (two performances), Antibalas, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Toubab Krewe (two performances) and many more.
Since its inception, the homegrown music festival has built a solid and dedicated fan-base who brave the freezing cold temperatures year after year in search of quality music, lakeside camping plots, and infectiously good vibes. In addition to its top-drawer lineup of bands, Bear Creek keeps festival-goers entertained with morning yoga circles, live art installations and home-made, delicious food favorites. Attendees enter the campgrounds and find themselves immediately immersed in a tight-knit community of passionate music lovers swaying together to the sounds of more than 50 bands over six stages.
It’s hard not to get lost in the beauty of Suwanee Music Park. Located on the banks of the Suwannee River, the park serves as a picture-perfect camping venue with its sweeping, shading trees and meandering walking paths. The park’s stages leave little more to be desired, providing bands with ideal music-performance platforms which are easily viewable from any point in the crowd. Acoustically, Suwanee has mastered the art of sound-travel as guitar strums and drum bangs reverberate crisply into the audience.
Feel free to arrive a day early for the festival and participate in the Wednesday night Benefit celebrating the life of Shelley (wife of longtime SOSMP production manager Michael Allegretto) with music provided by The New Mastersounds, The Revivalists, Toubab Krewe, ArtOfficial and Freddy’s Finest. Shelley passed away tragically earlier this spring, leaving behind Michael and their two children. The $25 ticket includes camping, taxes, and all fees, and all proceeds will go to the Michael A Family Fund.
For Bear Creek veterans, footing the festival’s $155 ticket bill is a no brainer. For curious newcomers, Bear Creek is a family-vibe festival experience unlike any other and surely worth the price. But make sure to act fast as tickets will increase Sept. 16. Tickets can be purchased here. Happy camping!