News & Updates
Trombonist for Afrolicious discusses the Bear Music Fest on Bay Area Focus.
Bear Music Fest executive producers Kevin, Amanda, and Leah discuss how their longtime vision came together.
"A unique and well-organized event that created a camaraderie between performers and campers."
"I’ve done press at some large events and can honestly say that Bear Music Fest was one of the funnest weekends I’ve had all summer...Not only are [the producers] enriching the lives of their patrons but also the lives of all the artists that perform."
Brandi Smith of RIFF Magazine interviews our Executive Producer Kevin Merritt and BMF artists Ben "Smiley" Silverstein of The Main Squeeze & Caleb Hawley.
“Our goal is to combine the nostalgia of summer camp and the intimacy of a friend’s house party with a professionally produced music festival in a natural setting.” – Executive Producer Kevin Merritt speaking with JamBase.
KTVU Channel 2's "The Nine" interviews Bear Music Fest Executive Director Kevin Merritt. Get Passes Today! http://www.bearmusicfest.com Live on Friday, August 19, 2016.
"The concept behind Bear Music Fest is to create an intimate and immersive musical experience in nature which fosters deep connections both to the music and to the musicians themselves."
“There’s always been a push and pull between the rigidity of electronic music and the fluid nature of playing live. It’s been a learning process.”
"I didn't start singing in front of people seriously until i was 24 years old. As a youngster it was my dream to be a singer and musician but I was always too afraid to try, fearing criticism and rejection. I'm now 29, and in the last 5 years i've put together a band and an album i can say i'm pretty proud of!" — Ellisa Sun
"If Afrolicious could live how we wanted, who’s to say we wouldn’t have a dope piece of land where we grow our own food and other things and have a big community that’s more outdoor-oriented. That’d be a beautiful future. We are of the earth, and that’s part of who we as musicians are. "
"Someone once described my vocal sound as Laura Nyro meets Aretha Franklin." — Mari Mack
“The banjo is always refreshing. Every time I pick it up, it just feels like something new and dangerous could happen.”
“I don’t think our setting is ‘Arghh Art! We will conquer art! We’re very serious!’ We’ve definitely got a goofiness to the sound, a lightheartedness.”
“The Make A Band Famous show gave us all these creative challenges; we were driving all over New York playing weird shows, and it pushed me out of my comfort zone in a way that felt creative. Like they gave us a box of toy instruments and we had to play a cover with those, so my bassist had a little Casio keyboard and I had maracas tied to my ankles and we were playing an Alanis Morrisette song at 2 in the morning.” - Chris Ayer
"Because songwriting is such an intimate expression, it was awkward when we were just friends and hadn’t really opened up in that way that’s necessary for writing good songs. Having a romantic involvement allowed us the intimacy to really open up in the songwriting process without fear of judgment…and our songs got much better”
"This festival is an elevated spiritual experience that’s based in a lot of love and relationship. That connects everyone from audience member to volunteer staffer to artist. Everyone there feels that web of compassion; to me that’s the special aspect of Bear Music Festival that I don’t think exists in a lot of environments."
"I know that for a fact music is going to be a part of my life forever, definitely. There’s nothing else that really compares to it, so why would you try to do anything else?”
Yes, it's the beginning of summer - and a big month of planning for Bear Music Fest! Take a quick read for BMF 2017 updates...
That's right! Our long winter hibernation is finally over (admittedly we hit the snooze button a few too many times). But spring is here at last and that means it's time to make your plans for this year's Bear Music Fest.
EVERYONE is excited to coalesce in Pinecrest next month and unwind for a weekend of music & community.
Two more great bands, at opposite ends of the musical spectrum, have been added to our lineup.
79 days until the festival! We are VERY excited to announce three new acts as part of our already fun and diverse lineup...
We've just announced our first wave of musicians at Bear Music Fest!