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.

Pick & Bow

Georgia Pick & Bow All Stars

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

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.

Curtis Jones

Curtis Jones and Primal Roots

Curtis (aka Cortini) has traveled the world for over 20 years performing his original music and amazing crowds with his phenomenal guitar playing.

Sons of Bluegrass

Sons of Bluegrass

The Sons of Bluegrass are the first professional band in the world entirely comprised of four-year bluegrass majors.

Locust Honey String Band

Locust Honey String Band

Chloe Edmonstone, Ariel Dixon, and Meredith Watson came together in Asheville, N. C., and rapidly assembled a repertoire of old-time fiddle tunes, vintage country duets, and bluegrass influenced three-part harmonies that skillfully blend their very distinct female voices.

The Freight Hoppers

The Freight Hoppers

For over 20 years, the Freight Hoppers' name has been synonymous with energetic old-time string band music across North America and beyond. Presenting rural Southern music from the earliest days of recording, the band's tight harmonies and driving fiddle remain its trademark.


The DejaBlue Grass Band

From Athens to Atlanta, Toccoa to Telluride, The DejaBlue Grass Band’s coiled-steel harmonies tap and twist around a 5-piece bluegrass instrument ensemble guaranteed to have you and your guests dancing from sole to crown. Cloaked in a classic single mic setup, DJBGB serves up a fresh song selection of truegrass, piled high with pop and newgrass, lightly salted with some soul-shaking gospel.

Playing on the Planet

Playing on the Planet

Playing On The Planet is a power hitter in a live audience setting whether intimate or grand. A globe-wandering group, Playing On The Planet attacks varied metes of music with mountain bred instinct, convincing disparate audiences that they all arrived at a festival in the same vehicle: whether a pickup truck or a Nissan Leaf.

Erynn and Carl

Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones

Erynn Marshall is a Canadian-born fiddler, teacher, performer, and writer. She was the first woman and the first non-U.S. citizen to win the prestigious 1st place fiddle prize at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, W. Va., and has won or placed in many prominent contests in the U.S.

Jason and Leah

Jason Kenney and Leah Calvert

Jason Kenney and Leah Calvert have been teaming up over the last few years to explore different types of acoustic music, and when they play together their individual talents are multiplied. They have shared the stage with many talented artists including The Punch Brothers, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Zac Brown, Kevin Kinney and The Atlanta Ballet.

Zak McConnell

Tribute to Zak McConnell

A two-hour tribute by his friends to Zak McConnell, the 26-year-old Dahlonega musician who died unexpectedly on Oct. 29, 2013. The tribute was produced by Patrick Chisolm.


- Carl McDonald 
- Curtis Jones 
- Alex Thomlinson 
- Katherine Wilson 
- Wolf Creek Pass
- Ugly Cousin 
- The Fiddleheads

The Sunday Morning Gospel Jam

One of the two-day event's most popular programs, will again be led by Glenda Pender, the co-founder and current president of Bear on the Square Mountain Festival Inc.

Bagpipe processional -- Sam Johnson

Steve and Jim

Shoal Creek Band

The Shoal Creek Band will provide the music at this year’s Live and Silent Country Auction. Shoal Creek was formed in 1985 with the late Nick Pender, co-founder of Bear on the Square, as one of its original members. Over the years, the band has become one of North Georgia's most popular bluegrass music groups.

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