MainStage Schedule

Bear on the Square 2014 MainStage Schedule


Ugly Cousin

Ugly Cousin

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:30pm

Ugly Cousin -  This band, which will perform at the Country Auction on Friday night of Bear weekend, is composed totally of Dahlonega natives, known as "Nuggets" locally.



The Skillet Lickers

The Skillet Lickers

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

The Skillet Lickers' name is synonymous with string band music in Georgia. This band from Dacula is familiar to Georgia historians and folk music fans across the world.

John Lilly

John Lilly

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 12:15pm to 1:00pm

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.

The Rosin Sisters

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

The Rosin Sisters. Barbara Panter-Connah, Ann Whitley-Singleton and Jan Smith, are fiddlers who have played and sung traditional music in the Atlanta area and beyond for over 25 years, performing in a number of different bands.

BlueBilly Grit

BlueBilly Grit

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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.

Hog-eyed Man

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Hog-eyed Man is an old-time duo based in Athens, Ga., that unearths tunes from the wilder side of Southern Appalachian music.

Buzzard Mountain Boys

Buzzard Mountain Boys

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Joe Matteson and Jim White are the Buzzard Mountain Boys, who play an amusing selection of brother duet and old-time music that will warm your heart and take you back to the days of the traveling minstrels. A sprinkling of good natured humor peppers their performances.

Story Slam with Adam Booth

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

On Saturday evening, National Storyteller Adam Booth (pictured) will emcee the Appalachian Story Slam that will feature students from University of North Georgia’s Appalachian Studies program.


Gospel Jam

The Sunday Morning Gospel Jam

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 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.

Pick & Bow

Georgia Pick & Bow All Stars

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm

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

The Threadbare Skivvies

Threadbare Skivvies

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 1:15pm to 2:00pm

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.

Front Country

Front Country

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 2:15pm to 3:15pm

This progressive bluegrass band was formed in 2011 as a collective of the San Francisco Bay area's finest young acoustic talent.

Curtis Jones

Curtis Jones and Primal Roots

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Curtis (aka Cortini) has traveled the world for over 20 years performing his original music and amazing crowds with his phenomenal guitar playing.

Pick & Bow Raffle Drawing

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 4:30pm to 4:45pm

Someone's dream will come true when the winning ticket is drawn from the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School's raffle barrel.

Jason Kenney

Jason Kenney

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Most of Jason Kenney’s life has been spent nestled in the beautiful mountains and community of Dahlonega. He started playing guitar when he was 14 to impress a girl. The girl didn’t work out, but he stuck with the music and it has served him well.

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