Bear Creek Festival Unveils 2014 Schedule

Article Contributed by Brotherly Love… | Published on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bear Creek Music & Art Festival has released the schedule for the eighth annual event taking place November 13th – 16th, 2014 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, FL. Steeped in the tradition of New Orleans and New York funk music, Bear Creek’s exceptional line-up also showcases the eclectic nature of the scene; encompassing genre-defining performers in world and roots music, live electronic, rock, and everything in between. As is tradition at Bear Creek, many of the bands perform on two separate dates during the weekend and several talented instrumentalists act as artists-at-large, creating memorable surprise sit-ins and inspired performances.
Bear Creek will treat fans to the debut performance of the Mandé Superjam, an all-star group of African and American musicians including members of Benyoro, Kreative Pandemonium and Toubab Krewe, and special guests Balla Kouyaté and Raja Kassis. The music of West Africa is the bedrock of many American styles of music, and listeners often hear echoes of blues, jazz, and Appalachian music in the circular melodies and dense rhythms of the region. This supergroup will perform updated interpretations of the centuries-old repertoire of West African jelis (traditional musicians) creating a tour-de-force of hypnotic grooves and majestic melodies.
For 2014, Bear Creek has expanded their Yoga & Workshops Program offering more than 10 classes throughout the weekend including Gentle & Ayurveda Yoga, Restorative Yoga, AcroPlay, Yin Yoga to live Music, West African Drumming Workshop, Basics of Poi, and more.
On Saturday, fans can join Zach Deputy as he hosts a charity disc golf tournament on the fantastic 18-hole Magnolia Disc Golf Course at SOSMP benefiting The Spirit of the Suwannee Kids Music Camp.
Offering late night entertainment, the two-channel Silent Disco will feature sounds by Sir Charles, Vlad the Inhaler, Juan Basshead, Elliot Mess, and more.
Theme nights have also been unveiled for the weekend! Friday, as always, is Warm & Fuzzy. It’s important to remember that it can get cold at Brrrr Creek come nightime, so remember to bring something warm. Saturday, it’s time for Superheroes and Cops ‘n Robbers. Come costumed as your favorite fictional hero or villain. Sunday is Purple Day, in honor of SOSMO’s dear friend Rachel Morningstar Hoffman.

Recognized as one of the most beautiful live music venues in the country, Bear Creek goers at SOSMP can enjoy music on three outdoor stages and one indoor stage including the famed Amphitheater Stage, set in the midst of towering pine and oak trees decorated with Spanish moss. The park also offers guest comforts including a general store, full-service restaurant, showers and water stations. Fans can upgrade their experience with VIP tickets, RV hook ups, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals.

Umphrey's McGee x 2
Chris Robinson’s Soulive Revue
Lettuce x 2
Dumpstaphunk x 2
New Mastersounds x 2
Budos Band x 2
Break Science
Talib Kweli
The Floozies
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Zach Deputy x 2
Nicholas Payton Trio x 2
Orgone x 2
Oteil Burbridge and Roosevelt Collier Band
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
The Nth Power x 2
Mandé Superjam
The Main Squeeze x 2
Alan Evans’ Playonbrother
Mingo Fishtrap
See I x 2
Kreative Pandemonium
Locos Por Juana
Aleica Chakour Band x 2
The Heard
The Fritz
Curtis Harding
The Broadcast
Funky Knuckles
Come Back Alice
Catfish Alliance
Freddy's Finest
Copious Jones
Captain Green
Green Sunshine
Dirk Quinn Band
Herd Of Watts
Artists at Large:
Bernard Purdie
Pee Wee Ellis
George Porter Jr.
Oteil Burbridge
Nicholas Payton
Jennifer Hartswick
Grant Green Jr.
Roosevelt Collier
Khris Royal
Carly Meyers
Farnell Newton
Eric Vogel
Brandon Niederauer
Silent Disco:
Sir Charles
Juan Basshead
Vlad the Inhaler
Elliot Mess
Charlie Hustle
Michael of Earphunk
Bobby Newport
Schizo the DJ
Dialectable Beats