MainStage Schedule

Bear on the Square 2014 MainStage Schedule


Kickin' Off The Bear: Appalachian Storytelling Sampler

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 10:30am

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

Harpeth Rising

Harpeth Rising

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 2:45am

Harpeth Rising

Chuck Nation Band

Chuck Nation Band

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 11:15am

The Chuck Nation Band, from Gainesville, GA, near Atlanta, made their Carnegie Hall debut performance in New York City in 2015, where they received a standing ovation and encore.  In 2016 they performed in concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 12:15pm

Award-winning singer/songwriter Wil Maring and virtuose guitarist /fiddler Robert Bowlin combine their talents, smoothly blending elements from all roots music genres to create an original acoustic music all their own -- oldtime and bluegrass, jazz and blues, celtic and country, it¹s all there.

Ugly Cousin

Ugly Cousin

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 1:30pm

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.

Jeff Mosier

Jeff Mosier

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 4:00pm


Rev. Jeff Mosier 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.

Moonlight Jam

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 7:30pm


Crooked Mile

Crooked Mile

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 1:15pm

Crooked Mile is a North Georgia-based traditional bluegrass band which is returning to Bear for the second consecutive year. Crooked Mile consists of four distinctive vocalists, and its instrumentation is banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and bass.

Gospel Jam

The Sunday Morning Gospel Jam

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:30pm

Appearing on the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival’s MainStage 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.

Zoe & Cloyd

Zoe & Cloyd

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 2:30pm

Hailing from opposite ends of the Appalachian mountains, husband-and-wife duo Zoe & Cloyd is composed of renowned fiddler and vocalist Natalya Zoe Weinstein and award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist John Cloyd Miller. Their show is as diverse as their upbringing.

Jonathan Byrd

Jonathan Byrd

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 3:45pm


“...a folk singer with the heart of a rock 'n' roll band.” — K. Oliver, Free Times 

Good in the Kitchen

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 5:00pm

Sarrah Ellen McDonald, Ann Whitley, Lisa Deaton, and Debbielee Whelchel

Front Country

Front Country

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 5:30am

An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country was never going to be accepted as an authentic American roots band out of the gate.

Bare Tales

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:30pm

A new event which will be added the the MainStage Schedule, immediately following the Moonlight Jam on Saturday night. It's storytelling with an adult content.
We're calling it Bare Tales! 

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