Introducing Blackwater Music & Art Festival and the Return of Bear Creek Music

Article Contributed by madison | Published on Sunday, August 8, 2010

Big IV Productions owner and CEO Lyle Williams and director/Chief promoter Paul Levine continue to shape Florida’s music scene with plans to bring two festivals to Live Oak, Florida’s Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in 2010. Returning for its fourth consecutive year, Bear Creek Music Festival will take place November 12-14 and the inaugural Blackwater Music & Art Festival will touch down August 26-28.

Voted “Florida’s Best Live Music Venue” in 2009 by readers of Florida Monthly Magazine, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is set against North Florida’s historic Suwannee River and offers 800 acres of pristine camping dotted with soaring spanish moss covered oak and pine trees, cabin rentals, RV hookups, beautiful beaches along the river and a wide range of amenities including a restaurant, general store, pool, showers, full service bathrooms and more.

For the first ever Blackwater Music Festival fans will be treated to three days of eclectic music with sets by Slightly Stoopid, STS9, Michael Franti & Spearhead, JJ Grey & MOFRO, The Disco Biscuits, G. Love, Galactic and more than 20 other celebrated bands. Up to date lineup and ticket information is available at:

The critically acclaimed Bear Creek Music c & Art Festival will once again feature a massive lineup full of funk, rock, jazz, funk, live electonica, and jam titans. Fan favorites Umphrey’s McGee return for two nights of headlining shows with other acts such as Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, The New Mastersounds, Perpetual Groove, George Porter’s Running Pardners, Toubab Krewe, Zach Deputy and others also playing twice over the three day event. Other performers include Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Bernie Worrell, DJ Logic, Soulive, The New Deal, Bonobo Live Band, Eliot Lipp and many more. Complete lineup, ticket info, and all details including Wednesday night’s Pre-Pre Festival and Thursday’s Pre-Festival Kick-Off Parties available here:

Big IV Productions is owned and operated by Lyle Williams and Paul Levineand Lyle Williams,, founders of the Bear Creek Music & Art Festival and co-producers of the brand new Blackwater Music Festival with Blackwater Music, LLC (a company owned by Williams and Judy Van Zant / owner of Jacksonville Beach, FL’s Freebird Live). Deeply engrained in the Florida music scene, Big IV Productions is also an investor in Tallahassee’s Engine Room as well as partners in the Suwannee River Jam, and producers of the Purple Hatter’s Ball.