Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival moves to Spirit of Suwannee

Big IV Productions announced today that the Bear Creek Music and Art Festival, slated for November 16-18, has been moved to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak.  The festival, formerly scheduled in Quincy, Florida, was denied its festival permit by Gadsden County.

After encountering this obstacle, Big IV Productions directors Paul Levine and Lyle Williams spoke with an associate in the music and festival community, Clint Tipton, the promoter of the Paralounge Drum Circle at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.  Tipton suggested that they speak with James Cornett, President and CEO of the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, and the ball was rolling.

In making the announcement of the move, Levine stated that he "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".

Big IV Productions had acquired land in Gadsden County with the intent of it being the venue for the Bear Creek Music and Art Festival, a roots music festival featuring dozens of bands such as Little Feat, Umphrey’s McGee, Burning Spear and Perpetual Groove, to name just a few. Levine and Williams acknowledged that they had not allowed ample time to get to know their neighbors in the surrounding community and this resulted in the permit denial.  Levine was formerly co-producer of the Down on the Farm event, held for the three previous years on another farm in Gadsden County.  "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."  Williams 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".

Other participants in the event include Clean Vibes, a recycling company that will be managing grounds cleanup and providing some environmental education as well. The festival will be utilizing recycled products where ever possible. In the future, the event hopes to utilize solar power and bio-diesel energies.  Sweetwater Brewing Co., out of Atlanta, Georgia, is sponsoring the event.  Regional painters and photographers will also be showcased in a gallery setting.  

Advance weekend tickets are available for $95, plus tax and handling fees. Weekend passes will be available for $110 plus tax and handling fees at the gate. Single day tickets are only available at the gate. Primitive camping is included in the weekend ticket.  Water and electric sites will be available for an additional fee.

To learn more about the event, ticket prices, talent and scheduling, visit . The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is a 700+ acre camping and music resort located on the banks of the historic Suwannee River in Live Oak, Florida, just 4 ½ miles from I-10 and I-75.  For tickets and camping information contact the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park at (386) 364-1683 or visit

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Fest Line-up:

Umphrey’s McGee
Burning Spear
Little Feat
Perpetual Groove x 2
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk x2
Porter Batiste Stoltz
The Everyone Orchestra
Rose Hill Drive
New Mastersounds x2
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
Ancient Harmony
Cadillac Jones
Polyester Pimpstrap x 2
Stop, Drop & Roll
Captain Soularcat
The Burnin’ Smyrnans
Zach Deputy x 2
The Soular System
The Heavy Pets
Dead Keys
Space Medicine
Inca Maya
Brother Bean
Dirty Robots
JB’s Zydeco Zoo
FSU Blues Band
Tallahassee All-Stars- Featuring members of Tishamingo, Full Black Out and South Munroe
The Windfall
Rebecca Jean Smith
Deep Blue Sun
Curious Circus
The Lefty Williams Band
Rob Pieniak
Tony Tyler Band
Trial By Stone
Corporal Boil