Bear Creek Music Festival (Nov. 12-14) has extended its early bird pricing of $125 per ticket for another week. We went to this festival last year and it was far and away our favorite (sorry Bonnaroo). Beautiful and amazing site coupled with 2 nights of Umphrey’s, moe., Lettuce, P-Groove, etc., etc.? Yeah, count us in. Actually we’ve already gotten tickets and cannot wait.
Here are some of our pictures from last year:
Hey folks, come join us at the Bear Creek Music & Art Festival in Live Oak, FL, November 13-15. Read below for all the good stuff that’ll be happening in just a couple of weeks.
Three Generations of Funk converge at Bear Creek Music & Art Festival
Parliament/Funkadelic’s Bernie Worrell and James Brown’s Fred Wesley added to Southeast’s hottest outdoor party, Nov. 13-15
Funk, Blues, Jazz, Soul & Rock all find a home at Bear Creek
Held at the Beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL
Legends of Funk Join Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Perpetual Groove, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Steve Kimock, The New Mastersounds, Papa Mali, Toubab Krewe, Lotus & more than 40 more bands
Three generations of funk are set to converge at this year’s Bear Creek Music & Art Festival Nov.13-15 at the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, voted “Florida’s Best Live Music Venue” by readers of Florida Monthly Magazine earlier this year.
World-class music is scheduled from such legendary artists as keyboardist Bernie Worrell (Parliament/Funkadelic, Talking Heads) and trombonist Fred Wesley (James Brown’s Band), to current club favorites Galactic and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, with exciting fresh, new sounds from The New Mastersounds and Toubab Krewe. Just a small cross-section, more than 50 other artists will fill the peak autumn weekend with high-energy, upbeat and danceable music with a dozen performers offering two entire shows.
By bringing together all three generations of artists, the Bear Creek Music & Art Festival features a number of “Artists at Large” who are able to freely collaborate with other artists with a high degree of spontaneity. Among these “Artists at Large” are funk legends, Bernie Worrell, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame perhaps best known for his work with Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads, along with Fred Wesley, a pivotal member of funk poineer James Brown’s band, the Count Basie Orchestra and many more.
Among the featured bands performing two sets at this year’s festival are Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, Toubab Krewe, Dub Conscious and Lettuce. Other festival highlights include Perpetual Groove, Lotus, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Hill Country Revue, Benevento Russo Duo, The Slip, Bonerama, Pnuma Trio, Papa Mali Band, Garage A Trois, Yonrico Scott Band and more than two dozen more. The complete artist lineup can be found online at http://www.bearcreekmusicfestival.com.
In addition to live music, 12 talented painters will create live art during the musical performances, providing their own artistic interpretations of their experience while on stage. These original paintings will be displayed and sold in the Bear Creek Art Tent.
Giving Back & Getting Involved:
Continuing its commitment to community in a variety of displays, Bear Creek once again presents its ‘Green Program’ – the festival’s pursuit for environmental improvement with a pledge to use more biodegradable materials, exhibit water conservation policies, habitat protection efforts, increase recycling and more throughout the park’s environmentally-friendly facility.
Bear Creek also hosts a weekend-long food drive in support of The Food Bank of Suwannee Valley by asking all festival patrons to bring a donation of canned goods and non-perishable food items. These items are placed in one of the Festival’s many receptacle barrels located at the main gate and throughout the venue; in addition, anyone bringing five canned goods or more will receive a complimentary festival poster and sticker for their contribution. The festival is also hosting the second annual Bear Creek Feed the Hungry Disc Golf Tournament happening on the Music Park’s 18-hole disc golf course. Its mission is to raise funds for the Food Bank of Suwannee Valley. This fun, casual and charitable disc golf tournament raised hundreds of dollars as well as hundreds of pounds of food during the 2008 event. Tournament schedule & sign-up details are available online.
Through proceeds and donations from a silent auction at the event, the Bear Creek Music Festival will support The Dreams of Recovery Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization formed to assist individuals with spinal cord and brain injuries. The funds raised will help these individuals receive the therapy they so desperately need and the necessary equipment that will promote nerve regeneration and muscle mass. Grants of financial support will be offered for individuals to participate in approved therapy programs which are not covered by insurance, grant individuals with equipment to improve their daily life, and grant approved institutions necessary funding to conduct scientific research to find a cure for paralysis.
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park:
Conveniently located between Jacksonville and Tallahassee, the Bear Creek Music Festival is located just minutes off of I-75 in Northern Florida at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida off US 129 north at the famous Suwannee River.
The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is a one-of-a-kind outdoor music venue and campground and was recently bestowed the honor of Best Live Music Venue in 2009 by readers of Florida Monthly Magazine. The 700+ acre resort overlooks the historic Suwannee River and offers unmatched primitive campsites, water and electric campsites, five shower houses and cabin rentals, as well as a full amenity package including canoeing, an authentic craft village, mini golf and disk golf courses, full service restaurant, natural amphitheater, music, festivals, a general store, golf cart rentals and more.
In June of 2009, Bonnaroo celebrated it’s eighth year with what was widely considered to be a banner year in the event’s history. The dazzling array of performers ranged from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to Phish and also included artists such as The Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello, Wilco, Zac Brown and many, many more. “Live From Bonnaroo 2009″ on DVD will now allow viewers to experience the event again or for the first time. The DVD will feature select exclusive performances and atmosphere footage along with pristine audio presented in 5.1 surround straight from the Bonnaroo master tapes. (more…)
The Bear Creek Music and Art Festival will take place at the amazing Spirit Of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, November 13-15. I attended a festival at the park in April of 2003 and must say it was the most picturesque venue I’ve attended in the Southeast. The campsites are excellent and the site brims with good vibes. This year Bear Creek will offer Galactic (2x), Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (2x), Dumpstaphunk (2x), Lettuce (2x), Perpetual Groove, Steve Kimock, the Benenvento/Russo Duo, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Garage-a-Trois, The New Mastersounds (2x), The Heavy Pets, The Ryan Montbleau Band (2x), Lotus, Toubab Krewe, etc., etc. Artists at large will be: Bernie Worrell, Skerik, Mike Dillon, Kofi Burbridge and many more.
Needless to say, this festival is chock full of talent and one not to be missed. This will be an epic assemblage of musicians, visual artists and good people. We are truly looking forward to attending this year and would love to see you there too!
Here’s Lettuce performing at Bear Creek last year:
The annual Jam In The Dam music fest in Amsterdam has announced its ’10 lineup. The schdeuled acts are Umphrey’s McGee, Les Claypool, YMSB, The New Mastersounds, The Bridge and a performance by Brendan Bayliss and Jeff Austin. Maybe this will be year that we can make it (fingers crossed!).
Back in February at an Umphrey’s show in Atlanta, we had the good fortune to meet a cool guy and a great photographer, Derek Martinez. Since then, Derek has been show and festival hopping all over the U.S. and has shared some of his photos with us. Check these out:
Jake & Ryan Stasik
Check photog, Philip Rauls account of the storied festival.
In what is widely regarded as one of the top concerts events of all time, the Atlanta International Pop Festival of 1969 was held over the Fourth Of July weekend at the Atlanta International Raceway. The concert featured the entertainment industry’s top bands and attracted extremely large crowds from distant locations. Attendance for the Atlanta Pop, as it would be later coined, ranged from estimates of over 100,000 people to 250,000. The concert was organizied by promoter Alex Cooley and set the stage for the greater acknowledged Woodstock Festival which took place later that summer. The holiday weekend event was canvassed by a heat wave that soared to temperatures of over 100 degrees and set-up an additional story within. Yet strangely enough, only a few photographers have captured this historic milestone and put the landmark event into documentation form. With that being the case, several months back I was speaking with my friend Carter Tomassi, a well-respected photographer who has also chronicled the pop festival on his web site. Carter suggested that I post an updated story on my blog in honor of the 40th anniversary timeline. So, with his recommendation in mind, I decided to piece together a photo journal of previously unviewed festival photographs and share with fellow concert attendees and loyal PHOTOLOG blog enthusiasts. (more…)
01. Introduction – 0:18
02. Back Door Man – 4:18
03. Break On Through – 4:53
04. When The Music’s Over – 13:31
05. Ship Of Fools – 7:37
06. Roadhouse Blues – 6:07
06. Light My Fire – 14:21
07. The End – 18:18
If you missed the live broadcast last night, it was announced that living legends, Crosby, Stills & Nash will close out the GOTV festival this year. Here’s a classic clip of them performing “Long Time Gone” from 1977:
At here.tonight GOTV will be having a live broadcast where they will share news on the festival and feature set recordings from past Vibes. Tonight they’re going to be announcing the final main stage line-up for ’09. Immediately following the announcement they’ll be pulling a set recording of the Masters of Bluegrass at Vibes ’04 from The Vault and airing it on the broadcast. Check it out
Caribbean Holidaze has announced it’s lineup and is set to take place in Jamaica December 10-14. The lineup is as follows:
the Disco Biscuits
the New Deal
Lipp Service “Eliot Lipp & Members of Pnuma”
Michael G from Easy Star
Dan Lebowitz solo
Brock Butler solo
Late nights in the Disco with DJ’s D-BO, DrFameus and others!
Colorado’s String Cheese Incident will perform at the Rothbury Music Festival, their first show since the band split in the summer of ’07.
Bob Dylan and His Band
The String Cheese Incident
Willie Nelson & Family
The Black Crowes
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas
G. Love & Special Sauce
Broken Social Scene
Yonder Mountain String Band
The Disco Biscuits
Cold War Kids
The world’s worst kept secret was revealed this morning with the announcement of the Bonnaroo lineup. You have to admit that it’s a pretty compelling lineup, take a look:
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band * Phish (2 Shows) * Beastie Boys * Nine Inch Nails * David Byrne * Wilco * Al Green * Snoop Dogg * Elvis Costello (Solo) * Erykah Badu * Paul Oakenfold * Ben Harper and Relentless7 * The Mars Volta * Band of Horses * TV on the Radio * Yeah Yeah Yeahs * Gov’t Mule * Andrew Bird * Merle Haggard * MGMT * moe. * The Decemberists * Girl Talk * Bon Iver * Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate * Rodrigo y Gabriela * Galactic * The Del McCoury Band * of Montreal * Allen Toussaint * Coheed and Cambria * Booker T Jones & Drive-By Truckers * David Grisman Quintet * Lucinda Williams * Animal Collective * Gomez * Neko Case * Down * Jenny Lewis * Santogold * Robert Earl Keen * Citizen Cope * Femi Kuti and the Positive Force * The Ting Tings * Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 * Grace Potter and the Nocturnals * Kaki King * Grizzly Bear * King Sunny Adé * Okkervil River * St. Vincent * Zac Brown Band * Raphael Saadiq * Ted Leo and the Pharmacists * Crystal Castles * Tift Merritt * Brett Dennen * Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue * Toubab Krewe * People Under the Stairs * Alejandro Escovedo * Vieux Farka Touré * Elvis Perkins In Dearland * Cherryholmes * Yeasayer * Todd Snider * Chairlift * Portugal. The Man * The SteelDrivers * Midnite * The Knux * The Low Anthem * Delta Spirit * AA Bondy * The Lovell Sisters * Alberta Cross
From USA Today…
Fans who can’t pony up the bucks for a colossal music festival touting big acts on multiple stages have an alternative.
Pay in multiple stages.
Layaway plans, recently resurrected by Sears and other retail chains, will be available to consumers who buy tickets to several 2009 festivals, including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It returns April 17-19 in Indio, Calif.
After the indie-rock fest lineup is unveiled this week, fans will have two options besides money up front when buying a $269 three-day pass: pay half down and the rest April 1, or pay 10% followed by equal installments on March 1 and April 1 without interest or additional fees. The plans are sold only online and aren’t available for $99 single-day admission (more…)
The Isle of Wight music festival was held August 26-30, 1970 and attracted 600,000 fans. The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and The Who were the headliners. Hendrix was dead three weeks later and is the last filmed live performance by The Doors. Robbie Krieger of The Doors has commented on the band’s limp performance. Jim Morrison had a prison sentence stemming from his Miami “indecent” performance (March 1, 1969) hanging over his head. Of course Jimbo never served the sentence and died 10 months later in Paris. Here’s the band performing “The End”:
From Glide Magazine’s Hidden Track:
For the last few years the promoters of Bonnaroo have successfully transformed the event’s image from Hippie Jam Fest to the nation’s best and biggest music festival. If they signed both Phish and The Dead for Bonnaroo 2009 they’d lose all the credibility with the mainstream audience they’ve worked so hard to build since 2002. The folks behind Rothbury don’t have that problem. AEG Live and Madison House embraced the jam fans and have nothing to lose and everything to gain by being the first festival to feature both bands in the same lineup. (more…)
The 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival once again will take place over two weekends in the spring. Jazz Fest, which began in 1970, will return to the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 24-26 and again on April 30-May 3. Artists set to perform over the first three days include Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, Drive-By Truckers featuring Booker T. Jones, James Taylor, Erykah Badu, Robert Cray, Etta James & the Roots Band, Mavis Staples, Johnny Winter, Pete Seeger, Hugh Masekela, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Galactic, and Roy Haynes. Musicians set for April 30-May 3 include: Aretha Franklin, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Tony Bennett, Kings of Leon, Meter Men (featuring three of The Meters four founders: Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Jr., and Leo Nocentelli, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, John Mayall, Solomon Burke, Doc Watson, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield & the Piety Street Band, George Wein & the Newport Allstars featuring Randy Brecker and many others. The full line-up and ticket information can be found at Nojazzfest.com.
Bonnaroo, the East Coast’s premiere multi-day, multi-stage gathering of the vibes (held in Manchester, Tennessee from June 11th to 14th) usually doesn’t release its lineup until early February — but RollingStone.com hears from reliable sources close to Phish that the band will top the bill for two nights, restoring the fest to its jam-friendly roots. It would be the fifth time frontman Trey Anastasio appears on the ‘Roo stage, having performed as a solo artist in 2002 and 2004, with bandmate Mike Gordon in 2006 and alongside Matisyahu in 2005. Phish announced their official reunion and first public gigs in four years (their March 6-9th Hampton, Virginia shows) in early October; reps for the band and the fest declined comment for this story. Also being buzzed about with some legitimacy: Bruce Springsteen as Sunday night’s closer. No pressure, but there is a deadline approaching for pre-sale tickets and VIP packages. (more…)
The Live From Bonnaroo 2008 DVD originally was offered to last year’s Bonnaroo festivalgoers when they purchased tickets. The DVD is being made available to the general public next month with pre-orders currently underway. Live From Bonnaroo 2008 collects performances and backstage footage from last year’s event remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. The tracks include songs from: My Morning Jacket (“I’m Amazed”), Metallica (“Fade to Black”), Pearl Jam (“Better Man”), The Lee Boys (“Come On, Help Me Lift Him Up”), The Raconteurs (“Old Enough”), Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (“Let Them Knock”), Chali 2na featuring Galactic (“Lock Shit/Right Now”), Jack Johnson (“If I Had Eyes”) and Les Claypool (“One Better”). A trailer can be seen at the Bonnaroo site.
After some nerve racking delays, Langerado has announced its performers for this March 6, 7 and 8th. They are:
Death Cab For Cutie • Snoop Dogg • Thievery Corporation (Live) • Slightly Stoopid • Ryan Adams and the Cardinals • Dashboard Confessional • The Pogues • Matisyahu • Flogging Molly • Michael Franti & Spearhead • Broken Social Scene • Cafe Tacuba • Umphrey’s McGee • The Disco Biscuits • Robert Randolph & The Family Band • Pepper • The Faint • Cold War Kids • Steel Pulse • Public Enemy • Gym Class Heroes • Tricky • Girl Talk • Chromeo • Mute Math • Bad Brains • Ozomatli • Against Me! • George Clinton & Parliament / Funkadelic • Tortoise • DeVotchKa • Black Kids • Grupo Fantasma • Holy F*ck • Budos Band • Tokyo Police Club • Lotus • The Virgins • The Gaslight Anthem • King Khan and the Shrines • Lucero • Murs • Ra Ra Riot • Tortured Soul • Rebelution • K’Naan • The Egg • Zac Brown Band • Tigercity • The Aggrolites • Cloud Cult • Spam Allstars • Rachel Goodrich • Blue King Brown • The Heavy Pets • Awesome New Republic • The Postmarks • Suenalo Sound System • Live Painting by LEBO