MainStage Schedule

Bear on the Square 2014 MainStage Schedule


Curtis Jones and Matt Mundy

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:45pm

Curtis (aka Cortini) has traveled the world for over 20 years performing his original music and amazing crowds with his phenomenal guitar playing.


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.

The Georgia Crackers

The Georgia Crackers

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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.

Crooked Mile

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 12:15pm to 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.

Ugly Cousin

Ugly Cousin

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

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.

The Howlin' Brothers

The Howlin' Brothers

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

The Howlin’ Brothers are a Nashville-based string band composed of Ian Craft, JT Huskey and Jared Green.  Anchored in a bed of old-time blues and bluegrass, their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle.  

April Verch

April Verch Band

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

While April Verch (pictured at right with band members) is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds.

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

For the five Wisconsinites that make up Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, in all began in 2010when they found themselves holding acoustic instruments at a party in a living room in the college town of Stevens Point, Wis.

Moonlight Jam

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 7:30pm


Gospel Jam

The Sunday Morning Gospel Jam

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 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 23, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm

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.

Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

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.

John Lilly

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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.

The Threadbare Skivvies

Threadbare Skivvies

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

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.

Pick & Bow Raffle Drawing

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 4:45pm to 5:00pm

Pick & Bow Raffle Drawing

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

BlueBilly Grit

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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.

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