Dahlonega's Bear On The Square Mountain Festival will include a new Saturday night special event, the Moonlight Jam, in its 2017 festival lineup.
The Moonlight Jam, sponsored by Jekyll Brewing Company of Alpharetta, Ga., will take place on Saturday evening, April 22, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the MainStage festival tent. Like other Bear on the Square events, there will be no charge for admission.
Ralph Taylor, the festival's MainStage concert promoter, said the jam will be hosted by one of the most beloved bluegrass musicians in the South, banjo artist Rev. Jeff Mosier. Combining performances by Mosier and his band and other guest performers, the jam will allow festival goers, including jammers here for the event, a chance to bring their instruments and voices and to pick and sing with the pros or to just listen to the music.
Rev. Jeff Mosier (pictured) is known as one of the founders of BlueGround UnderGrass and the Aquarium Rescue Unit and has a long and colorful history in the jam band genre. He has a special ability to combine bluegrass with trance, jazz and rock music which has made him an icon in the jam band world. During his musical career, he has shared the musical stage with Leftover Salmon, Widespread Panic, Vassar Clements, the Allman Brothers Band and many more. He toured in l994 with Phish and tutored them in the ways of bluegrass. The Phish Companion commented, "Perhaps no guest artist has had as great an influence on the band’s music as the Rev Jeff Mosier".
Lou Barbato, vice president of sales and marketing for Jekyll Brewing, said, "Jekyll Brewing is thrilled to be the beer partner for the Bear festival, offering a select variety of our top selling craft beers, and the sponsor of the Moonlight Jam. The jam is going to be a magical evening."
MainStage Concert Promoter Taylor added, "The Moonlight Jam will be one of those special events which have continued to make the Bear On The Square festival one of the best music events in the Southeast. Bring your instruments and bring your voices, and be ready to jam with the Bear."
The 21st annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will occur in Dahlonega on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23. Pre-festival events, such as the beginning of jamming on the square and the Live and Silent Country Auction, will occur on Friday, April 21, with two full days of activities on Saturday and Sunday.