Bear Creek Music and Art Festival Relocates to Live Oak
The upcoming Bear Creek Music and Art Festival has both confirmed its final lineup and moved its location. The event was scheduled to take place in Quincy, FL, but, after being
denied its festival permit by Gadsden County, has been relocated to Live Oak, FLs
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. The festival will still take place from November 16-18.
According to festival promoter Paul Levine, the festival ‘would like to recognize the selfless efforts of many members of the music community to help preserve this special event. James Cornett, Randy Judy and Beth Judy (producers of the 11-year running Magnolia Fest), and Clint Tipton exhibited a true spirit of cooperation in helping to make possible this venue change. What all our events are about is building community amongst the fans, the musicians, the vendors, the volunteers, other promoters, Suwannee County and our extended musical family. The Bear Creek organization is truly thankful and grateful to all these good people’.
In a statement, the festivals promoters also acknowledged that they had not allowed ample time to get to know their neighbors in the surrounding community which resulted in the permit denial. ‘Our goal, said Levine, ‘is to (go back to Gadsden County) and to do more community oriented events. We need to prove to Gadsden County that our intentions and actions are always focused on our neighbor’s best interests. We recognize that we have to make a greater effort with Bear Creek to educate the community about the event and to help them understand the positive economic and community impact.’
Co-promoter Lyle Williams also noted that ‘we just did not have enough time to get to know each other and for the community to understand the positive things we are trying to accomplish in Gadsden County through this festival’.
In addition, the festival has also confirmed its final lineup. The event will now feature performances by
Umphrey’s McGee, Burning Spear, Little Feat, Porter Batiste Stoltz,
The Everyone Orchestra,
Rose Hill Drive, Skerik’s Maelstrom Trio,
The Legendary JC’s,
Ralph Roddenbery Band,
Yo Momma’s Big Fat Booty Band,
The Last Waltz Ensemble,
Donna Hopkins Band,
Charlie Wooton Project,
The Heavy Pets and Tallahassee All-Stars- Featuring members of Tishamingo, Full Black Out and South Munroe, among others. Perpetual Groove, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and the New Mastersounds will also all offer two shows apiece.