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Bear Music Fest News & Press
“I worried that my hopes for the fest were simply too high. I’d come to imagine BMF as a transcendent odyssey, complete with incredible music, an awe-inspiring natural setting, and a vibrant community of kindred spirits. That’s a lot to expect from a second-year festival. Hell, I’d gone to Bonnaroo with equally lofty hopes only to end up dehydrated, underwhelmed, and many dollars in the hole. What if Bear Music Fest ended up being a bust, too?
Spoiler alert: It wasn’t.”
We've got five more artists to introduce you to this week! Artist Spotlights will be coming soon, but in the meantime browse through the links of these incredible folks you’ll be spending the weekend with in Sept.
We will be announcing our 2018 lineup over the next few weeks. We like to give you only a few at a time so you can take a moment to explore in the uniqueness and diversity of music you'll get at this year's festival. As you enjoy this Memorial Day weekend you can also enjoy the anticipation of hanging out this fall in the beautiful Sierra mountains with the amazing folks below.
We decided we couldn't wait until next summer to unleash some great music! Bear Music Fest has partnered with the annual Lair Tailgate Party to present two of our favorite BMF Artists— Zack Orion and Caleb Hawley— in a FREE concert on the UC Berkeley Campus Saturday November 4th!
Trombonist for Afrolicious discusses the Bear Music Fest on Bay Area Focus.
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.
Bear Music Fest executive producers Kevin, Amanda, and Leah discuss how their longtime vision came together.
"The sound seems tailor-made for a pool party. Prophet lays down vintage guitar sounds through swimmy reverbs. And he punctuates his performance with little shouts and asides that come through a second microphone rigged to sound like an antique radio... A couple paddles up and clings to the wall closest to the stage. Some resorts have swim-up bars. This show has a swim-up first row."
"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."
Everything that families need to know for 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...
Spring is in the air, and Bear Music Fest planning is heating up!
We've just announced our first wave of musicians at Bear Music Fest!
Pre-sale is extended! Hurray!
Pre-Sale has officially begun and cabins are being snatched up! There has been a lot of excitement (and questions) surrounding the festival, so we want to take a moment to let you know what's up.
Alumni Artist Spotlights
“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?”