Bear Music Fest 2016 Recap
Heading up the bill at BMF 2016 was the well-loved Bay Area band, Mother Hips, who jammed out on our main stages both nights. Before "Hamilton" there was the Q Brothers, who blew us away by swapping iambic pentameter for 90's infused hip-hop in their unique take on The Bard. The Main Squeeze kept us moving late into the night with their infectious, feel-good musical gumbo, and the "Best of the Bay" Bayonics served up an afternoon of reggae latin fusion at our poolside stage. Caleb Hawley's soulful grooves flew in from NYC and joined the up-and-coming Eugene Marie for their debut record release. The Lair's own Radio Nowhere, the missing link between Lyle Lovett and Led Zeppelin, serenaded us about Spanish conquistadors and hostage crises while Kevin So, Risa Binder, and Menna arrived from Nashville to deliver us some classic (and not so classic) southern sounds. As if that wasn't variety enough, we also welcomed rockers Eric Stuart Band and folksy Middlesleep. Topping it all off was the incredible cello-smashing theatrics of Tornado Rider. The inaugural Bear Music Fest was a weekend of dancing, community, and mountain air that we won't soon forget!