Bear Creek is not about shivering all night instead it’s an excuse to visit strangers fires, wear furry hats, warm up in cuddle puddles and drink lots of hot chocolate. It’s beautiful gentle days basking in the sun without sweating, mosquitoes or heat stoke. It’s being in the middle of the crowd enjoying the warmth instead of praying for a fresh breeze and feeling like you can’t breath. Honestly this festival is a favorite not only for the stellar music but because you can always add another layer while during the summer there really is only so much you can take off.
Folks take costumes to a whole new level creating carnival electricity while also keeping cozy. Pretty much anything furry ruled the weekend along with lightupwire, monster hats, rage sticks, feathers and painted faces. There were grizzly bears, unicorns, disco queens, angels, Thing One and Thing Two, Chewbacca, squirrels, dinosaurs, owls, parrots, hamsters, cats, Uncle Sam and bunnies getting down while keeping toasty. Bear Creek is probably the closest I’ve felt to the pure silly happy joy Halloween was before middle school.
The lineup Saturday was filled with such amazing music still there’s always some sets that just stand out even with a lineup this hot. Zach Deputy in the Amphitheater, Catfish Alliance out in the campground, Zoogma on Uncle Charle’s Porch and Break Science in the Music Hall blew up crazy sweet. These guys all just keep getting better and better with each performance. Royal Family Dumpstajam at Purple Hat, a smashing mixture of Dumpstaphunk and Royal Family artists, was a perfect dream come true.
Green House Lounge, Sir Charles, Vlad the Inhaler, Spore Nov. 22 at 1904 Music Hall Jacksonville, Fl.
Perpetual Groove with Lucky Costello Dec. 1 at Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach, Fl.
Toubab Krewe with John Brown’s Body Dec. 4 at Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach, Fl.
Papadosio with Green House Lounge Dec. 8 at Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach, Fl.
Zach Deputy with Christopher Hawley Jan. 12 at Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach, Fl.
Galactic Jan. 17 at Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach, Fl.
Yonder Mountain String Band Jan. 20 at Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach, Fl.
The Malah with Sir Charles Jan. 25 at 1904 Music Hall Jacksonville, Fl.
Funky Leap Jam Jan. 31 – 4 at Maddox Ranch in Lakeland, Fl.
Aura Music Festival Feb. 15 – 17 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fl.
Dark Star Orchestra Feb. 24 at Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach, Fl.
Suwannee Springfest March 21 – 24 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fl.