Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival Nov. 8-11 at SOSMP

Bear Creek Music and Art Festival to bring thousands to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park Nov. 8-11


Bear Creek Music and Art Festival to bring thousands to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park Nov. 8-11
Bear Creek Music and Art Festival to bring thousands to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park Nov. 8-11

Bear Creek Music and Art Festival will bring thousands of music fans to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla this weekend, Nov. 8 – 11, for four day of music from some of the best bands and groups in the US.

Artists include Atlanta Funk Society Horns, Beebs & Her Money Makers, Billy Martin & Wil Blades Duo, Bobby Rush, Break Science, Bright Light Social Hour, Cadillac Jones, Catfish Alliance, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Como Mamas, Digital Tape Machine, Dr. Klaw, Earphunk, Eric Krasno & Chapter 2, Flannel Church, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Grant Green Jr. & Friends, Headtronics, Steve Molitz, DJ Logic & Freekbass, Ike Stubblefield & Friends, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Kaleigh Baker Band, Kris Royal & Dark Matter, Kung Fu, Lettuce, Lotus, Marchfourth Marching Band, Moon Taxi, Perpetual Groove, Savi Fernandez Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Soulive, Strange Arrangement, The Budos Band, The Dead Kenny G’s, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, The Heavy Pets, The Mantras, The Mike Dillon Band, The New Mastersounds, The Sugarman3, The Werks, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Humphrey’s McGee, Vagabound Swing, Voodoo Town, Wyllys & The NY Hustler Ensemble, Zach Deputy, Florida State Blues Band and also Zoogma. Artists at large include Alecia Chakour, Alan Evans Trio, Freekbass, Jennifer Hartswick, Michelle Sarah, Natalie Cressman, Robert Walter, Roosevelt Collier, Will Bernard, Billy Iuso and Pee Wee Ellis.

Bobby Rush will be performing at the Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival.
Bobby Rush will be performing at the Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival.


Weekend passes include music, primitive camping & all fees and taxes. Kids 12 and under are free.


Weekend Pass 11/8 – 11/11 Thursday night pass

Nov. 4 – til the gate opens

$175 $50


$185 $50


Day tickets are only available at the gate and do not include camping. Taxes and fees are included in the price. Friday – $80; Saturday – $80 and Sunday – $50.


Bear Creek will honor all active and retired military in observance of Veteran’s Day. All veterans and active military who purchase a three day festival pass will be upgraded to a four day weekend pass (includes Thursday through Sunday night) at no additional cost. In order to receive this upgrade, you must show a valid military ID at the gate. Thank you to our military for their selfless service to our country.


Upgrade your Bear Creek experience with one of our VIP packages, including a wide range of amenities.

For more info & to reserve, visit VIP passes on the Bear Creek website. You can upgrade your Bear Creek tickets to VIP levels by calling the SOSMP office at 386-364-1683.


For RV hook-ups and camping upgrades, call SOSMP office at 386-364-1683. The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park has many cabins and upgraded camping sites for your convenience. The park also offers canoe trips, a country store, a craft village, six bath houses, disc golf, fishing, hiking, swimming, RV camping and




Get out your best costumes for Friday and Saturday night because costume themes are back! Friday night it’s a “Party Animal” theme. A party animal is a human that has a propensity to being drawn into a celebratory environment. Whether you chose to be Spuds McKenzie, John Belushi, Miss Piggy or any other fun creation, show us your best party animal Friday night. Saturday night, as you remember from last year, will again be “Warm & Fuzzy.” To us, warm and fuzzy is a message of friendliness or love to someone expressing a kind message to show gratitude toward one person or a whole group of people. Express your friendliness and love for this musical community by wearing your favorite warm and fuzzy gear on Saturday night. Thank you for being creative and adding more color to the Bear Creek landscape.

The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker


Please join our friend, artist Zach Deputy, as he hosts a charitable disc golf tournament on the fantastic 18-hole Magnolia Disc Golf Course on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit victims of Tropical Storm Debby through the work of Love INC. in Live Oak, Fl. On June 24, 2012, Tropical Storm Debby settled over north Florida for four days, dumping more than 25 inches of rain in some areas of Suwannee, Hamilton and Columbia counties. The Suwannee River rose to near record flood levels and dozens of sinkholes developed around those counties, destroying many businesses and homes while making roads impassible. Some 1500 families were flooded out of their homes – many left without shelter, cars, clothes, food or any worldly possessions. The flood affected over 10,000 other people throughout the tri- counties and many are still not back in their homes. For your $30 entry fee, you will be entered into the event and receive a commemorative Bear Creek disc. Sign up information will be announced soon. The 1st hole is right behind the Store of the Village.

Bear Creek and The Suwannee Music Foundation are proud to host the annual food drive to support Love INC. in Live Oak, Fl. Bring five or more cans or non-perishable food items to the food drive tent and receive a commemorative 2012 Christian Jaxtheimer festival poster. Thank you for your generosity.

Kerrie Sandefur is looking forward to another great year teaching yoga at Bear Creek! A gentle yoga class, suitable for all levels of experience, will be offered Saturday and Sunday morning in the Meadow at 10 a.m. You are invited to stay after class to find out your body type and receive tips on how to maintain year round peace, health and happiness. A fun and interactive kid’s class will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Kid’s Tent.




Perpetual Groove, Zach Deputy, Headtronics, Charles Walker & The Dynamites, Bright Light Social Hour, Kung Fu, Moon Taxi, March Fourth Marching Band, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, The Werks, Thomas Wynn & The Believers and Savi Fernandez Band.


Umphrey’s McGee, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Lotus, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, The Budos Band, Bobby Rush, Dr. Klaw, Perpetual Groove, The Heavy Pets, Headtronics, Flannel Church, The Mantras, Bright Light Social Hour, Moon Taxi, March Fourth Marching Band, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, The Werks, The Sugarman3, Earphunk, Como Mamas, Vagabond Swing and Kaleigh Baker.


Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, Soulive, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstajam, The New MasterSounds, Break Science, Zach Deputy, The Heavy Pets, Eric Krasno & Chapter 2, Ike Stubblefield & Friends, Zoogma, Billy Martin & Wil Blades Trio, Dead Kenny G’s, Mike Dillon Band, Alan Evans Trio, Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour, Digital Tape Machine, Wyllys & The NY Hustler Ensemble, Strange Arrangement, Catfish Alliance, Jonathan Scales, Fourchestra, Cadillac Jones and Beebs & Her Money Makers.


Lettuce, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, The New MasterSounds, George Porter Jr’s Runnin Pardners, Grant Green Jr. Band, Jonathan Scales, Fourchestra and Orchestra at Large.

As always, the SOSMP’s SOS Café and Restaurant will be open and have available delicious food at regular prices along with a full service bar equipped where you’ll find large TVs so you won‘t miss your favorite sports events during the weekend.

If you would like to buy tickets or make reservations for RV parking, cabins, primitive camping or camper parking for the SOSMP, call 386-364-1683, email or go to You may also contact the SOSMP to inquire about any of the many exciting events coming up such as Raid on the Suwannee Civil War Re-enactment, Thanksgiving Dinner community style (bring a covered dish and $5 per person), Old Tyme Farm Days and Swap Meet Annual Heritage Festival Thanksgiving weekend, Suwannee Lights and many other wonderful events. See the SOSMP website for more information including many 2013 events already planned such as the Aura Festival scheduled for February.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located at 3076 95th Drive 4.5 miles north of Live Oak, Fl off US 129 at the famous Suwannee River. The park is 4.5 miles south of Interstate 75 and 4.5 miles north of Interstate 10 off US 129. Keep an eye out for the SOSMP sign and white painted board fence!

Author: Losillë
Mother, wife and kinda old.

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