For Immediate Release
BEAR MUSIC FEST ANNOUNCES A FULL WEEKEND, UNIQUE AND INTIMATE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE THAT INCLUDES:
MEALS & LODGING, SUPERVISED KID'S PROGRAMMING, AND ACCESS TO ALL LIVE SHOWS AND EVENTS
MOTHER HIPS, Q BROTHERS, THE MAIN SQUEEZE, BAYONICS, CALEB HAWLEY, ERIC STUART BAND, KEVIN SO, , TORNADO RIDER, EUGENE MARIE, RADIO NOWHERE, RISA BINDER, MENNA AND MIDDLESLEEP
ALL-INCLUSIVE BEAR MUSIC FEST TAKES PLACE FRI-SUN, SEP 9th-11th, 2016
LAIR OF THE GOLDEN BEAR IN PINECREST, CALIFORNIA
THREE-DAY PASSES NOW ON SALE:
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 — Pinecrest, CA — One Foot Productions and Strong Brew have teamed up for the inaugural Bear Music Fest. The all-inclusive music festival takes place Friday through Sunday, September 9th-11th, 2016, at Lair of The Golden Bear in Pinecrest, California. Located approximately 2.5 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lair of the Golden Bear is 100 acres of land, divided into two main living areas: Camp Blue and Camp Gold. Each area offers the same amenities in slightly different layouts. No matter where you stay, attendees are welcome to participate in all shows and activities. The camp-style kids programming was specifically designed so parents can watch the music with or without their kids. The all-inclusive Bear Music Fest is the perfect getaway for music aficionados who prefer to “experience” live music amidst beautiful natural settings. 3-day passes are on sale via http://bearmusicfest.com/passes. There are no single-day nor two-day passes available.
Keeping the numbers down is the key to creating the unique experience. "The concept behind the festival,” says Executive Producer Kevin Merritt, “is to create an intimate and immersive musical experience in nature which fosters deep connections both to the music and to the musicians themselves. By only offering weekend passes (no day passes) both the attendees and the artists are committed to this temporary community built on a common love and appreciation for the diversity of live music.” Merritt states that the Bear Music Fest is all about maximizing the experience. “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.”
The festival producers’ goal is to get people up close and personal with great music in small venues. The well-loved Bay Area band, Mother Hips will jam out on the Blue Lodge stage. Chicago-based The Main Squeeze promises to keep you moving late into the night with their infectious, feel-good musical gumbo. Relax in the pool on a late afternoon into the evening, enjoying a BBQ featuring Latin reggae music from the Bay Area’s own Bayonics. Close your eyes at The Nashville Sessions, while pop-country Risa Binder and urban-Americana’s Eric Stuart Band showcase a true glimpse of the great sounds originating from one of America’s greatest music cities. At Two-Gents Twilight, brush up on your John Hughes’ movies and get ready for the Q Brothers’ unique ad-RAP-tation of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Minneapolis’ own Caleb Hawley listened to nothing but Prince for an entire year, and this American Idol alum joins 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 — serenades us about Spanish conquistadors and hostage crises, while the Asian-American Stevie Wonder Kevin So and MENNA arrive from Nashville to deliver us some classic (and not so classic) southern sounds. Finally, expect the incredible cello theatrics of Tornado Rider, while Middlesleep takes elements of different folk and traditional music, throws in some pop sensibilities, and weaves it all together with beautiful harmony.
“You know that feeling you get before, during, and after a concert?,” asks Executive Producer Leah Harper-Lane. “Wanting to share that feeling is why I got into this business, but I practically lived in production offices, or onsite at music venues. Then three years ago, my husband and I moved from NYC to the Bay Area, and the landscape changed my perspective. I felt rejuvenated by the outdoors, fresh air, and an ability to escape. So when Kevin approached me about Bear Music Fest in Pinecrest, I knew it was the best of both worlds. BMF is for music lovers, nature lovers, and those rejuvenated by the energy of family and friends. We are bringing human connection back to its roots: laughing, drinking, and dancing in the woods.”
One Foot Productions is an innovative entertainment company focused on conceiving, creating, and executing impactful, music-based live experiences delivered across multiple mediums (theatrical, traditional, and streaming broadcast). Its founders, Amanda Back and Kevin Merritt, each have over 20 years of experience in production and creative development. Now in its 10th year, One Foot Productions is proud of its works on large-scale events, such as the recent Democratic National Convention and NBA All Star Halftime performances as well as smaller concept driven shows like VH1’s Make A Band Famous.
Strong Brew brings together leading production professionals to deliver televised specials, events and music experiences. Its founder, Leah Harper-Lane is an Emmy Award-winning Line Producer with 14 years of experience in award show, concert, and event production. Sample credits include MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Woodie Awards at SXSW, Academy Awards, Bear Music Fest, Airbnb Open Spotlight Events, Showtime's Inside the NFL, Frieze Art Fair, Super Bowl, VH1's Hip Hop Honors, Rock Honors, Divas, Storytellers, and Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday Celebration in Hyde Park.
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