2022 MainStage Musicians

Join us in the MainStage tent next to Hancock Park for two days of fabulous musicians!


10:30     Storytelling Kickoff
11:00      Crooked Mile
A traditional bluegrass band featuring four members who reside in north Georgia and have been performing for over 20 years. Their approach to music performance is a combination of respect for the tradition and a willingness to have a great time when sharing it with the audience!
12:15       The Foreign Landers
This duo hails from opposite sides of the Atlantic united by their love of bluegrass and traditional folk music and their love for each other. Together they combine the musical styles of their respective homelands, along with their instrumental prowess and haunting vocals to create something new.
1:30       Solstice Sisters
The Solstice Sisters are Maggie Hunter, Susan Staley and Anna Hiers three women harmonizing old time country ballads, traditional folk and 40’s styled swing. Joining with the Sisters are Lee Hiers on Dobro and Mike Harrison on bass. They are known not only for their lovely three part harmonies, but also for their spontaneous and energetic live shows.
2:45       Radford Windham & Step Back Cadillac
This band out of Dahlonega is a long-time Bear on the Square Festival favorite. Though he didn’t officially launch his band until 2012, Radford has been playing on the Square since his high school days in the ’90s.
4:00      Ugly Cousin
A group of musicians with varied tastes that combines all those influences into one back-country moonshine still, and out drips a very refined blend of AmericanaUgly Cousin plays and writes music that speaks from the heart and hopes it resonates with listeners.
5:15        Newberry & Verch
In a Newberry & Verch show, delighted audiences see first-hand the roots of their music, their love of performing, and their strong musical connection. Original songs join timeless classics, while their stories warm the heart.
6:30       Howlin Brothers
Anchored in a bed of old-time blues and bluegrass, The band performs original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle. Sounding like what would happen if a bunch of Appalachian punk rockers formed a jug-band, The Howlin’ Brothers play with a ferocious energy.


11:00   Sunday Gospel Jam led by Glenda Pender
This Bear tradition is always standing room only as local musicians gather on the stage to perform gospel favorites.
12:30   Pick & Bow Students
Students in grades 4-12 learn fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele in the after-school music programs offered by Georgia Pick & Bow.
1:15      Apostles of Bluegrass with Mark Garrison
Mark’s live performances are described as a melting pot of influences from all genres of music with eclectic lyrical arrangements and musical montage. The Apostles of Bluegrass are known for delivering misunderstandable reworkings of cherished traditional music and offbeat renditions of original compositions.
2:30     Curtis & Kim Jones Mountain Gypsy Music
Guitarist, songwriter, composer, singer, artist and multi-instrumentalist Curtis Jones and his wife, Kim, who is an accomplished vocalist and multi- instrumentalist as well, call the interweaving styles of their dynamic duo MOUNTAIN GYPSY MUSIC
3:45     John Grimm
A fabulous performer and songwriter, as well as the owner of Vintage Music and a founder of Pick & Bow where he teaches fiddle.


See you in 2023!

Festival Dates:
April 15-16, 2023

2022 Festival Program


Highlights from 2022 MainStage Musicians