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Bear On The Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega GaBear On The Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., has added a new special event, the Moonlight Jam, for its 2017 festival lineup.

The Moonlight Jam, sponsored by Jekyll Brewing Company of Alpharetta, Ga., will take place on Saturday evening, April 22, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the festival’s MainStage festival tent.  The tent will open at 7 p.m., and the jam will start at 7:30 p.m. and will continue until around 9:30 p.m. Like other Bear on the Square events, there will be no charge for admission.

Ralph Taylor, Bear MainStage concert promoter, said the jam will be hosted by one of the most beloved bluegrass musicians in the South, banjo artist Rev. Jeff Mosier. Combining performances by Mosier and his band and other guest performers, the jam will give festival goers, including jammers in town for the event, an opportunity to bring their instruments and voices and to pick and sing with the pros or to just listen to the music.

Rev. Jeff Mosier is one of the founders of BlueGround UnderGrass and the Aquarium Rescue Unit and has a long and colorful history in the jam band genre. His special ability to combine bluegrass with trance, jazz and rock music have made him an icon in the jam band world. He has shared the musical stage with Leftover Salmon, Widespread Panic, Vassar Clements, the Allman Brothers Band and many more. He toured in l994 with Phish and tutored them in the ways of bluegrass. The Phish Companion noted, “Perhaps no guest artist has had as great an influence on the band’s music as the Rev. Jeff Mosier”.

Lou Barbato, vice president of sales and marketing for Jekyll Brewing, said, “Jekyll Brewing is thrilled to be the beer partner for the Bear festival, offering a select variety of our top selling craft beers, and the sponsor of the Moonlight Jam. The jam is going to be a magical evening.”

Blueground Undergrass founder Rev. Jeff Mosier
Banjoist/vocalist Rev. Jeff Mosier

MainStage Concert Promoter Taylor added, “The Moonlight Jam will be one of those special events that continue to make the Bear On The Square festival one of the best music festivals in the Southeast. Bring your instruments and bring your voices, and be ready to jam with the Bear.”

The 21st annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will take place in Dahlonega on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23. Pre-festival events, including the beginning of jamming on the square and the Live and Silent Country Auction will occur on Friday, April 21, with two full days of activities on Saturday and Sunday.

Bear on the Square, held in and around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square, is an authentic Appalachian Festival with a program of activities also featuring bluegrass and old-time music, a juried Artists Market Place featuring traditional mountain crafts, storytelling, free music workshops and demonstrations, dance team performances, an old-time mountain dance, an open mic event, and more. More information about the 2017 festival will be available at as the dates for the event approach.

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Inc. which stages the yearly celebration of Southern Appalachian music, art and folklore, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit cultural arts organization. A special program, Friends of Bear, is available as a way for individuals, businesses and organizations to financially support the festival. Information about how to make tax deductible donations can be found on the Bear on the Square website.




Jimmy Booth

Jimmy Booth

Lifelong Georgia resident Jimmy Booth, who was a longtime Atlanta area journalist and public relations consultant, moved in fall of 2006 from Peachtree City, Ga., to Dahlonega, Ga. He and his wife Margo have become involved with several Dahlonega-based not-for-profit cultural arts and historical organizations working to keep alive the traditional mountain music, art and folkways which are a vital part of the area's heritage. Jimmy graduated from Emory University, where he served as editor of The Emory Wheel. During his journalistic career, he worked as publisher or editor of several Georgia weekly and small daily newspapers, and he was a section editor for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Now officially retired, he handles publicity for some of the events and organizations in the Dahlonega area.