MainStage Schedule

Bear on the Square 2014 MainStage Schedule


Ugly Cousin

Ugly Cousin

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 5:30pm

For the second consecutive year, the band for our Friday night Live and Silent Country Auction is Ugly Cousin. The group 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.


The Georgia Crackers

The Georgia Crackers

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 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

Crooked Mile

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Crooked Mile is a North Georgia-based traditional bluegrass band. Formed from members who have been playing together off and on for at least 20 years, the band approaches this music with a combination of respect and a willingness to have a great time sharing it with the audience.

Festival Sponser Recognition

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 1:15pm

A few words about the organizations that contribute to the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival:

 John C Campbell Folk School & Adams Insurance/Country Financial

Locust Honey

Locust Honey String Band

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

As Locust Honey, Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson bring their experience in Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Pre-War Blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 2:45pm to 4:00pm

Founder and front man of The Night Drivers, Chris Jones, who appeared at Bear three times during our early years, is a quadruple threat as a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist—and, thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, as the most widely heard broadcasting voice in bluegrass.

The Threadbare Skivvies

Threadbare Skivvies

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

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.

Jason Kenney and Seth Livengood

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Formerly of HomeGrown Revival and The Kenney-Blackmon String Band, Jason is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, banjo) and songwriter.


Gospel Jam

The Sunday Morning Gospel Jam

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

Sunday Morning Gospel Jam

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 All Stars

Georgia Pick & Bow All Stars

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm

Appearing on the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival’s MainStage for the eighth consecutive year are students from the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School Program, an after school program in Dahlonega.

The Becky Buller Band

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Becky Buller, which Fiddler Magazine described as "one of the most sought after performers in the bluegrass music industry today," will bring her band to the 20th annual Bear Festival MainStage.

John Lilly

John Lilly

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

John Lilly is an award-winning 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.

BlueBilly Grit

BlueBilly Grit

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 3:45pm to 5:00pm

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.

The Howlin' Brothers

The Howlin' Brothers

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 5:15pm to 6:15pm

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.  

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