SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – The weather in North Florida is beautiful, and it’s the perfect time for the 4th Annual Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla! The festival will be held Nov. 12-14 with a pre-pre party Nov. 10 and a pre-party Nov.11. This huge musical experience is expected to draw thousands of music lovers from all over the United States.
This year’s lineup includes moe. Umphrey’s McGee x 2 (Thurs & Fri), Maceo Parker Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk x 2, Lettuce x2, Soulive, The New Deal, Bonobo Live Band, The New Mastersounds x 2, Perpetual Groove x 2 George Porter’s Running Pardners x2 Bernie Worrell & Social Lybrium, Chali 2’na Duo, Papa Grows Funk, Toubab Krewe x2, Zach Deputy x 2, DJ Logic x2, John Brown’s Body x2, The Everyone Orchestra, Will Bernard Band, DubConscious, Garaj Mahal x2, Rebirth Brass Band, Eric Krasno and Chapter 2, Break Science, The Dead Kenny G’s, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Papadosio, The Tony Hall Band, Brian Stoltz Band, Dr. Claw, The Sam Kininger Band, Eliot Lipp x2, Alex B x2, DJ Motion Potion x2, Rubblebucket,
The Macpodz x2, Lubriphonic x2, The Nigel Hall Band, The Heavy Pets (Wed & Thurs), Orgone x2, The London Souls, Saltwater Grass, The Soular System, Catfish Alliance, Curious Circus, Lingo, Cadillac Jones, The Malah, Green Hit, Van Ghost, Honey Island Swamp Band (Wednesday), Billy Iuso & the Restless Natives (Thurs), Brock Butler, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, The Legendary JC’s, Avis Berry’s Soul Revue, Matt Grondin Band, Snarky Puppy, Greenhouse Lounge, Burnin Smyrnans, Zoogma (Wednesday), Aquaphonics (Wednesday), Entropy, Spiritual Rez, Cope, The Fritz, Tazer Funk, Diocious, Team Jaguar, Flight Risk and the FSU Blues Band. Artists at Large include Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Chali 2na, Skerik, Mike Dillon, The Shady Horns, Kofi Burbridge, Jennifer Hartswick, Yonrico Scott, Jans Ingber, Donna Hopkins, Freekbass, Roosevelt “The Doctor” Collier and Jonathon Lloyd.
Lettuce will celebrate the Music Of Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis in a once in a lifetime set of music Sunday, Nov. 14, honoring the distinguished careers of Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis. The set will devote 30 minutes to each of their respective careers, including their solo work, time together with James Brown and other work. Maceo, Fred and Pee Wee will play with Lettuce throughout this set.
Gates open Wednesday Nov. 10 at noon; Thursday and Friday Nov. 11 – 12 from 8 a.m. – midnight; Saturday Nov. 13 from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Single Day Passes are as follows
– Wed. pass $20/person; Thurs. pass $50/person; Fri. pass $75/person; Sat pass $75/person; Sun pass $50/person. Single day passes available at the gate. Day passes will not be available online. Pre-Party Tickets –
Wednesday night Pre-Pre-Party tickets $20 per person; Thursday night Pre-Party tickets $50 per personVIP weekend tickets
provide exclusive access to VIP area; three meals; reduced beverages; access to concert and festival activities and primitive camping Friday, Saturday and Sunday; $325 per person.Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online by going to
Wednesday Night Pre-Pre-Party!
The pre-pre kick-off for Bear Creek is Wednesday, Nov. 10, with Aquaphonics, Zoogma, Honey Island Swamp Band and The Heavy Pets. An incredible night of music Wednesday, Nov. 10, includes The Heavy Pets, Honey Island Swamp Band, Zoogma and Aquaphonics. Pre-Pre-Party Tickets are $20 and include all music, camping, taxes and fees. Only Thursday-Sunday ticket buyers are eligible to purchase the Wednesday night ticket. These tickets are available on the website.Thursday Night Pre-Party!
Come join the crowd Thursday night and enjoy sets by Umphrey’s McGee, Toubab Krewe, Rebirth Brass Band, John Brown’s Body, Garaj Mahal, The Heavy Pets, Lubriphonic, The Macpodz, The London Souls, Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives, Zoogma, Alex B and The Fritz. The Thursday night show will only be available to weekend festival ticket buyers. The additional price for the Thursday night show is $40 and includes music, primitive camping and all taxes and fees. Tickets available online or at the gate.SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
A staffed children’s area with a full program of arts, crafts and activities is available. A sports bar in the Music Hall will provide you with viewing of your favorite college or professional sports events and races when you’re not enjoying the music outside. Pets are not allowed at Bear Creek. Special events include a canned food drive, disc golf tournament to raise funds for American Red Cross International Response Fund for Haitian Relief and a new greening program where guests are encouraged to bring or purchase reusable water bottles and take advantage of the many water filling stations at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. A costume party will be held on Saturday.
While at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park you may want to experience a canoe trip, visit the Store of the Village to buy all you need for a great camping experience, shop the Crafts Village, play disc golf, fish our lake, rent a golf cart, hike the beautiful trails, see our bat house, rent a modern cabin, play mini golf, check out the observation beehive, dine at the SOS Café and Restaurant, bring your RV or enjoy Yoga and kids activities.
Private golf carts allowed but require proof of insurance and payment of trail fees. All golf carts must be registered. ATVs are not allowed in the SOSMP. Please call the SOSMP office at 386-364-1683 to verify your golf cart meets park policy before bringing it to the SOSMP.