Musicians

Front Country

Front Country

This progressive bluegrass band was formed in 2011 as a collective of the San Francisco Bay area's finest young acoustic talent. Composed of Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker and Zach Sharpe, the group joined forces to play a monthly gig with friends in San Francisco's Mission District.

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.

The Skillet Lickers

The Skillet Lickers

The Skillet Lickers' name is synonymous with string band music in Georgia. This band from Dacula is familiar to Georgia historians and folk music fans across the world. Their recordings have sold millions and their style remains influential to the development of the country, folk, and bluegrass music.

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.

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.

Buzzard Mountain Boys

Buzzard Mountain Boys

Joe Matteson and Jim White are the Buzzard Mountain Boys, who play an amusing selection of brother duet and old-time music that will warm your heart and take you back to the days of the traveling minstrels. A sprinkling of good natured humor peppers their performances.

The Rosin Sisters

The Rosin Sisters. Barbara Panter-Connah, Ann Whitley-Singleton and Jan Smith, are fiddlers who have played and sung traditional music in the Atlanta area and beyond for over 25 years, performing in a number of different bands. Ten years ago they formed The Rosin Sisters to further explore their love of the roots of the music of Appalachia.

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.
 

Hog-eyed Man

Hog-eyed Man is an old-time duo based in Athens, Ga., that unearths tunes from the wilder side of Southern Appalachian music.

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.

Story Slam with Adam Booth

On Saturday evening, National Storyteller Adam Booth (pictured) will emcee the Appalachian Story Slam that will feature students from University of North Georgia’s Appalachian Studies program. This event is part of the NSN Regional Spotlight Event for Storytelling, which is being held at a part of the Bear Festival this year.

Pick & Bow Raffle Drawing

Someone's dream will come true when the winning ticket is drawn from the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School's raffle barrel.

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