MainStage Schedule

Bear on the Square 2014 MainStage Schedule

The Georgia Crackers

The Georgia Crackers, a favorite of Dahlonega audiences, keep alive the string band tradition made famous by 1920s artists such as the Skillet Lickers and Fiddling John Carson.

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.

Becky Buller

IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year.

More news coming…stay tuned

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

Chris received the Songwriter of the Year award and is the Serius XM BlueGrass Host.

The Night Drivers have eight IBMA awards among them.

They have been at Bear three times over our 20 years.

More news coming…stay tuned 


John Lilly

John Lilly

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 12:15pm to 1:00pm

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.

BlueBilly Grit

BlueBilly Grit

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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.


Jason Kenney

Jason Kenney

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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.

Gospel Jam

The Sunday Morning Gospel Jam

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

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.

Pick & Bow

Georgia Pick & Bow All Stars

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 12:30pm

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.


Ugly Cousin

Ugly Cousin

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 5:30pm

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.


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