Ugly Cousin

Ugly Cousin

Ugly Cousin is composed of members who are all natives of Dahlonega - ‘Nuggets’ as locals often coin themselves - who all grew up around a variety of music. However, there is a clear and "golden" thread of traditional music woven throughout their repertoire.

Gospel Jam

The 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.

Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School Students

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

John Lilly

John Lilly is an award-winning, multi-faceted 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.

Pick & Bow Raffle Drawing

Pick & Bow Raffle Drawing

This beautiful, custom-made guitar is a copy of the classic Martin  Dreadnaught.  

It features an abalone bear on the headstock, bear paws made of abalone and pure silver on the fretboard, premium gold-plated, hand-engraved tuners and legal ivory.  

Kickin' Off The Bear: Appalachian Storytelling Sampler

Stop by for a preview with Melanie Knauff of what happens throughout the weekend on our Storytelling Stage.

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