Take a break from the stresses of your 9-to-5 desk job or your midterm cramming sessions and head on down to Live Oak, Florida for a relaxing weekend of groovy tunes, peace and love at Bear Creek Music Festival.
Kicking off Thursday, Nov. 8, Bear Creek will return to the majestical forest of The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park with four days with headliners such as Umphrey’s McGee, Dumpstaphunk and Lotus. And when the sun goes down the music only rages on with a silent disco area allowing attendees to party in peace with headphones on.
The homegrown music festival has drawn fans to the campgrounds for more than half a decade with its instrumental wonders, morning yoga circles, live art installations and festival food favorites. Attendees enter the campgrounds and find themselves immediately immersed in a tight-knit community of passionate music lovers swaying together to the sounds of more than 50 bands over six stages.
It’s hard not to get lost in the beauty of Suwanee Music Park. Located on the banks of the Suwannee River, the park serves as a picture-perfect camping venue with its sweeping, shading trees and meandering walking paths. Festival-goers can pitch their tents on the lake and greet the day with the rising sun glistening over the water. It’s mother nature meeting humans at its finest - a nearly untouched piece of earth welcoming us in to respectfully bask in its glory.
Bear Creek brings people together through music, but also uses its manpower to better the world. On Saturday morning, attendees can participate in a disc golf tournament with proceeds benefiting those impacted by Tropical Storm Debby through the nonprofit Love INC. The festival is also hosting a food drive for Love INC, encouraging all attendees to bring five or more cans/non-perishable food items.
Although predominantly jam-band music, Bear Creek provides a variety of musical offerings ranging from rock and jazz to hip-hop and funk. Make sure you purchase your tickets here before it's too late! And check out Joonbug’s suggestions for the five top acts you need to see this weekend.
Thursday: Perpetual Groove
Known best to festheads PGroove, this American jam band has been strumming its sweet, southern, funky tunes around the country for more than two decades. A staple at jam-band music festivals, PGroove puts on quite a show with lead guitarist Brock Butler’s insessive breakout solos.
Friday: The Heavy Pets
For the freshest white-boy funk around, make sure you catch The Heavy Pets playing their acoustic-souled music. The Heavy Pets boast two stellar lead guitarists and two lead singers with the pipes to match, along with a keyboardist, bassist and drummer who bring out the vibrant and psychedelic sounds for improvisational jam-outs.
Saturday: Break Science
If you’re craving a taste of electronic funk, make sure you check out this Brooklyn-based duo. Hailing from the eclectic Pretty Lights Music label, Break Science blends electronic beats with hip-hop undertones for a livetronica experience unlike any other.
Lettuce is all about laying down the funk in a serious way. This 7-piece band pulls out all the stops with a stage full of instruments overflowing with talent. And in their 20th year as the masters of old-school funk, they’re still rocking out hard as ever.
Silent Disco: RUBY
Get ready to dance the night away quietly at the Silent Disco where you’ll throw on a pair of wireless headphones to tune into a live DJ broadcast. Closing out the festival early Monday morning is our must-see act RUBY - a Gainesville-based DJ who’s opened for major acts such as Alvin Risk and The M Machine. RUBY will be spinning a balanced blend of glitch-hop, trip-hop and dub that’s groovy yet energetic in all the right ways.