Becky Buller

IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year.

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Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

Chris received the Songwriter of the Year award and is the Serius XM BlueGrass Host.

The Night Drivers have eight IBMA awards among them.

They have been at Bear three times over our 20 years.

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John Lilly

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. He has been a Bear festival favorite for many years.

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. In addition to authentic breakdowns, rags, and blues, the Crackers always entertain with old-time ballads, vocal harmonies, and humorous novelty songs.

BlueBilly Grit

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.

Jason Kenney

Jason Kenney

Most of Jason Kenney’s life has been spent nestled in the beautiful mountains and community of Dahlonega. He started playing guitar when he was 14 to impress a girl. The girl didn’t work out, but he stuck with the music and it has served him well. Formerly of HomeGrown Revival and The Kenney-Blackmon String Band, Jason is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, banjo) and songwriter.

The Threadbare Skivvies

Threadbare Skivvies

The Threadbare Skivvies are a duo from Atlanta. They like to describe themselves, and their music, as vagabond nature folk. It’s a bohemian banjo bangin', stompin’ & clappin’ kind of business - powerhouse harmonies, funky rhythms, and soulfully crafted lyrics.

Pick & Bow

Georgia Pick & Bow All Stars

Appearing on the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival’s MainStage for the seventh consecutive year are students from the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School Program, an after school program in Daglonega. Georgia Pick & Bow is a bluegrass and old-time mountain music school for young people grades 4 through 12.

Ugly Cousin

Ugly Cousin

Ugly Cousin -  This band, which will perform at the Country Auction on Friday night of Bear weekend, is composed totally of Dahlonega natives, known as "Nuggets" locally.


Gospel Jam

The Sunday Morning Gospel Jam

Sunday Morning Gospel Jam

The single most popular event each year at the Bear Festival is the Sunday Morning Gospel Jam led by Glenda Pender. Come early if you want a seat, as the MainState Tent is usually packed for this event.

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