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BEAR MUSIC FEST • Sept 6-8, 2019

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The Hip Abduction

Sometimes inspiration strikes from the immersion of living in a far away place. The view of the ocean. The sound of a rainforest at sunrise. The smell of an open-air market. The embrace of the wild human experience. Sometimes, inspiration stems from a place that everyone can relate to, but maybe no one’s actually been. This is the music of The Hip Abduction, the vibrant St. Petersburg, FL-based collective that formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music.

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Jared & The Mill

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE THURS NIGHT SEPT 5TH!
We’re 5 best friends from AZ. We love the desert, we love our city, its people, and we love each other. We love long drives, early mornings, late nights, dive bars, carne asada Tacos at 3 am, dirty jokes, and asking each other what we think about things. We’re just as likely to get down on Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan as we are Van Halen, and Kendrick Lamar. We love dogs, we love our van, we love playing together, and we love you – it’s true.

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Barnaby Bright

Barnaby Bright is an alt-Americana duo with electronic leanings, as if The Lumineers met Imogen Heap during the Civil Wars. Not easily defined, they come from the great tradition of American folk singer-songwriters but with diverse and contemporary influences that reflect their geographical journey from Brooklyn to Nashville to Kansas - with a little bit of London thrown in for good measure. Nathan and Becky Bliss (real names) create harmonies that only family can sing.

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Flow Tribe

Few bands arouse a crowd into a collective shake like Flow Tribe. The six-member band’s onstage chemistry reflects a seamless combination of soul and movement that hits the audience within the first few notes. Virgin listeners and avid fans alike are drawn in by the distinctive sound that feels both familiar and original. From major festival stages around the world to leading a parade down the street, this is a group of professional musicians who’ve found their passion, and are living a dream where everyone’s welcome. Flow Tribe’s high-energy performances turn every show into a celebration.

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Kittel & Co.

Previously of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, also nominated for a Grammy for, “Best Instrumental Composition” in 2018, Jeremy Kittel has been a composer-arranger-collaborator for such diverse artists as My Morning Jacket, Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. He blazes through a Bach violin partita as easily as a Scottish reel, bringing the same intense focus and precision to both. For the last few years the Michigan native, now based in Brooklyn, has been diligently building his own repertoire of music for a wholly original new group.

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Sang Matiz

Sang Matiz has been performing for seven years, fusing energetic World and Afro-Brazilian/Peruvian beats with contemporary rhythms such as Pop, Jazz, and Funk. They've perfected a unique combination of styles that is best described as catchy, syncopated melodies with flamenco-styled fingerpicking which, "sounds like the Gypsy Kings and Jamiroquai had a baby in South America!"   Sang Matiz has been awarded grants by The California Arts Council Endowment for the Arts and The San Francisco Arts Commission for Cultural Equity and shared the stage with the legendary Cuban band, Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra for their final “Adios Tour," as well as the eclectic and distinguished LA-based band, Ozomatli.

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Speakeasē

Speakeasē, started by Adrienne Wickham-Gobert & Daniel Erik, began on a small stage in a Redwood forest up in Mendocino county. Shortly after kindling their musical spirits, Adrienne and Daniel grew the group into a 5-piece neo-soul, funk ensemble. Our sound is reminiscent of new bands like Hiatus Kaiyote, Moonchild and Grace Potter yet throwback vibes of Sam Cooke and Bill Withers. We blend soul, funk, rock, blues, and folk into a curated hot plate of musical vibrations that will be sure to move your soul and leave you dancing.

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The Brothers Footman

Music lovers who are eager to treat their ears to something fresh and unique would do well to check out The Brothers Footman. The group's sound is inspired by a variety of genres including country, Motown, gospel and R&B. Listeners will enjoy their smooth vocals as the brothers (Dikembe, Gerald (G), Micah (Sauce), and Joshua (Bubby) Footman, and adopted brother Zach) harmonize over energetic rifts. ​"We grew up around music and kind of just picked it up ourselves... One Christmas, we got instruments instead of presents, and since then we have been like, yeah, this is what we do."

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MJ's Brass Boppers

Attending a MJ’s Brass Boppers shows is the next best thing to following a brass band down New Orleans’ famed Claiborne Ave. The swinging and singing brass-line is the Bay Area’s only New Orleans-style brass band whose founding members were born and raised in New Orleans itself. This group’s sound has been meticulously formed over years of practicing and experimenting together from concert halls to street corners, fusing classic cultural New Orleans performance with funk, jazz, modern pop, and a second line twist.

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Little Stranger

Born and raised in Philly and crash-landed in Charleston, John and Kevin Shields are the minds behind the quirky indie hip-hop group Little Stranger. Performing as a duo, Little Stranger is a fresh hybrid of John’s singer-songwriter magnetism and Kevin’s hard hitting, in-your-face delivery. Stylistically reminiscent of Gorillaz and Twenty One Pilots, Little Stranger inhabits a relatively unexplored niche at this point in time. They’re all about originality, every song is a separate work unto itself with all the strangeness that their name implies.

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The Brothers Comatose

Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose forge their own path with raucous West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country and rock ‘n’ roll music. The five-piece string band is anything but a traditional acoustic outfit with their fierce musicianship and rowdy live shows reminiscent of stadium rock concerts. 

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The Last Bandoleros

Ever since the members of San Antonio-forged, Tex-Mex/Pop-Rock outfit The Last Bandoleros can remember, they’ve been surrounded by dynamic and diverse musical influences. From Diego’s early Rock ‘n’ Roll collection to Emilio’s Beatles re-issues and the Tex-Mex music of their father to the Country-Blues of Jerry’s guitar tabs and Derek’s Jangly Brit-Rock records, the sounds around the members of The Last Bandoleros have always had an urgency and emphasis on songs and songwriting.

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Kate Kay Es

Kate Kay Es is an Adelaide born, Brookyln based musician. She was raised by the likes of Whitney Houston, Luther Vandros, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Crosby, Stills Nash and Young. Kate is a jazz pianist, vocalist and saxophonist as well as a songwriter. She has performed with artists such as Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, Ricki Lee Jones, James Morrison, Ghost Face Killah (Wutang Clan), Jamie Foxx, Macklemore among others. Kate has most recently been on tour with Kesha playing keyboards and singing in her band. Kate releases her new EP in 2018.

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T Sisters

The T Sisters are a genuine sister group based in the creative hub of Oakland, California. The group is made up of Erika (guitar, vocals), Rachel (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Chloe Tietjen (percussion, vocals). Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters’ sound represents a continuum of music: from roots to pop influences, moments of stunning a cappella to swells of groovy indie folk. The sisters' contemporary yet classic sound invites a range of likenesses, from the Pointer Sisters and the Everly Brothers to modern family bands like the Avett Brothers and First Aid Kit. With their soaring sibling harmonies, sassy stage presence, and inventive songwriting, these three sisters embody a fresh and soulful take on folk/Americana.

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Ghost of Paul Revere

“We grew up listening to Radiohead and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd,” says Griffin Sherry, guitarist/singer in The Ghost Of Paul Revere. “Everyone assumed we were a bluegrass band because we were playing these traditional instruments, but we weren’t writing traditional music. We were just writing songs with the instruments we had.”  Building on their triumphant appearance at the iconic Newport Folk Festival, Maine’s own Ghost of Paul Revere will bring the call-and-response melodies, sing-along hooks, and densely layered harmonies of their unique brand of “holler folk” west to the California mountains.  Bear Music Festival audiences can count on being invited into the band’s essential sense of musical camaraderie, which, in the words of the Boston Globe, "creates the type of foot-stompin’ music for which festivals are made." If you are headed toBottleRock this weekend, check them on out Sat afternoon.  Feel free to mention after the show, "see you at Bear Music Fest!"

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Helen Gillet

Taking the Cello on a joy ride! Helen Gillet is a both a singer-songwriter and surrealist-archeologist, equally focused on the worlds of synthesized sound and acoustic cello, who’s known for her eclectic palette – which includes avant-garde jazz, French chansons, funk, alternative rock, and the bohemian flair of the Velvet Underground.  Though Gillet had already begun to experiment with improvisational music prior to her arrival in New Orleans, she’s since flourished into one of the most unique, talented, and beloved artists in the Crescent City.  She’s worked with artists including Arcade Fire, Kid Koala, Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John, and Marianne Faithfull and not surprisingly, is a regular at New Orlean's acclaimed Jazz Fest. With her onstage arsenal she fabricates each song with a true mastery of live looping technology and conjures a different side of New Orleans in the Sierras. 

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Amalia Watty

Amalia Watty has one of those voices you just don't forget. Whether you hear her on your TV set, drawing raves from Lionel Richie and Katy Perry on “American Idol”, or busking in the New York City subway, her distinctive tone and spellbinding pop-soul style - somewhere between Pharrell Williams and Corrine Bailey Rae - stay with you. Originally from Anguilla in the Caribbean, she's an island girl who didn't swim and a tomboy who loved to climb white cedar trees. She's a wild child who was a good girl and brings this combination of strength and tenderness to her songs. She woke naturally with the rooster's sound, roaming through farmland and forests, singing as she gathered her own lemongrass leaves for bush tea. We know she will fit in perfectly at Bear Music Fest!

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Sonny Step

Sonny Step has established himself as a potent force in an eclectic array of musical genres, bringing to bear his skills as a multi-instrumentalist singer- songwriter. Sonny brings musicality and groove to every project including rap and trap efforts and fusion outfits coming out of the Steely Dan and Miles Davis vibes.

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Puckett Family Project

Puckett Family Project has always been known in the San Francisco Bay Area for their fun, festive live shows.  They play a mix of high energy, countrified rock / funk and have shared bills with a wide range of bands including Ricky Skaggs, Lettuce, Acoustic Junction, and Tea Leaf Green. Singer Songwriter Tod Puckett’s vocal style often draws comparisons to Jack Johnson and Taj Mahal with original arrangements reminiscent of the Jerry Garcia band. This nine piece sound features lead guitarist, Dave Amato, former ALO drummer Elton Bradmon, and John Trombetta on the masterful horn solos. Back-up vocalists Chrissy Hoffman and Dave Baker weave beautiful harmonies throughout the sets. With Harrison Pollak rocking the keys and Tim Romaine on the groove bass, this is a fun vibe you won’t want to miss. Get your party on. It’s time to boogie.

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