Bear Festival Wrapup Sticky

Whoooee!!!  What a great weekend we had. We picked, grinned and sang, dawn to dusk. The weather was wonderful. The Mainstage performers were fabulous. The Marketplace artists lined the square with handcrafted treasures, some even demonstrated how they were made. Luthiers Row featuried the most beautiful handmade musical instruments. After a short break to rest up, let's do it again next year!!!

21th Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival: April 22-23, 2017 with the Live and Silent Country Auction on Friday, April 21. This is the fourth weekend

Musicians

Becky Buller, which Fiddler Magazine described as "one of the most sought after performers in the bluegrass music industry today," will bring her band to the 20th annual Bear Festival MainStage.

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Chris Jones

Founder and front man of The Night Drivers, Chris Jones, who appeared at Bear three times during our early years, is a quadruple threat as a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist—and, thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, as the most widely heard broadcasting voice in bluegrass.

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The Howlin' Brothers

The Howlin’ Brothers are a Nashville-based string band composed of Ian Craft, JT Huskey and Jared Green.  Anchored in a bed of old-time blues and bluegrass, their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle.  

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John Lilly

John Lilly is an award-winning songwriter and performer from Charleston, W. Va., who specializes in country roots and traditional folk music. From poignant ballads to humorous songs and yodels, John captures the essence of the past and puts it in his own terms.

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The Georgia Crackers

The Georgia Crackers, a favorite of Dahlonega audiences, keep alive the string band tradition made famous by 1920s artists such as the Skillet Lickers and Fiddling John Carson.

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BlueBilly Grit

From the side porch of an old gristmill to the main stage of The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, following their win at the 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition, BlueBilly Grit has quickly become a force in bluegrass and Americana.

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MainStage Schedule 2016

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Schedule of Free Workshops, Storytelling and Other Events

Here's what's happening during Bear on the Square:

Saturday

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