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Funk It’s Bear Creek Music Fest 2013 Videos

Here it is. A massive slap of funk upside your head. This highlight video will give you a glimpse into this “funky festival in the fall”. Featuring clips from 39 different performances over 3 days and 4 nights, this 27 minute collage represents the work of one man armed with 3 video cameras and 1 mic. With any event bringing together this many talented musicians and acts you can never experience all of it, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t try.

Funk It’s Bear Creek Music & Art Festival 2013 Highlight Video:

Funk It’s Bear Creek Music & Art Festival 2013 Highlight Video:
01. Bernie Worrell Orchestra – Red Hot Momma [Funkadelic cover] (with Freekbass)
02. Jennifer Hartswick Band – Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place) [Talking Heads cover]
03. Lee Fields & The Expressions – Ladies
04. Profit – Yes We Can [Allen Toussaint cover] (with Rachel Murray & Nigel Hall)
05. Robert Walter’s 20th Congress – Corry’s Snail and Slug Death
06. Galactic – Sunday Araq (with Bernie Worrell)
07. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – The Hen
08. Bootsy Collins & The Funk Unity Band – Bootsy? (What’s the Name of this Town)
09. Chali 2na & The House of Vibe – Comin’ Thru
10. The Roots – Fantastic [Slum Village / J Dilla cover]
11. Bear Creek Allstars – Them Changes [Buddy Miles cover] (Dumpstaphunk with George Porter Jr, Eric Krasno & Neal Evans)
12. Bear Creek Allstars – For My Friend [Bill Withers cover] (Lettuce with Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour)
13. Bear Creek Allstars – Shake Everything You Got [Maceo Parker cover] (Ian Neville, Andrew Block, Matt Grondin, Eric Vogel, Joey Porter, Joe Tatten, and ?? on drums)
14. The Nth Power – Jazz Fest 420
15. Toubab Krewe – Keme
16. Ron Haynes’ Game Changers – A Few Good Men [Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band cover]
17. The Revivalists – Chase’s House
18. Monophonics – Sure Is Funky
19. The New Mastersounds – On The Border
20. Space Capone – A-Rod

Galactic with Bernie Worrell

21. The Motet – Gettin’ To Know You [Parliament cover] (with Nigel Hall)
22. Jennifer Hartswick Band – You Got The Love [Rufus & Chaka Khan cover]
23. Galactic – Dollar Diva (with Maggie Koerner & David Shaw)
24. Zach Deputy – Cellular Phone (with Roosevelt Collier)
25. Robert Walter’s 20th Congress – Honky Tonk [Miles Davis cover]
26. The Pimps of Joytime – Dank Janky
27. Antibalas – Beaten Metal (with Skerik)
28. Brownout – Into The Void [Black Sabbath cover] (with Skerik)
29. Kung Fu – Scrab
30. Bonobo Live Band – Sapphire

The Roots at Bear Creek Music Festival

31. George Porter Jr’s Runnin’ Pardners – Ride Your Pony [The Meters cover]
32. Mike Dillon Band – Monk Meets Fela (with Weedie Braimah)
33. Skerik’s Orchestra At Large – Improvisation (with Mike Dillon, George Porter Jr, Brian J, Ryan Zoidis, Igmar Thomas, Natalie Cressman, Cheme Gastelum, Khris Royal, Lucas Ellman, Weedie Braimah & ?? on keys)
34. The Legendary JC’s – Lifted Me (with George Porter Jr & Mike Dillon)
35. Roosevelt Collier & Nigel Hall’s Gospel Surprise – How I Got Over (Nikki Glaspie, Nick Cassarino, Nate Edgar, Weedie Braimah, James Casey, Natalie Cressman, Alecia Chakour, Jennifer Hartswick & ???)
36. Zach Deputy – Home
37. Dumpstaphunk – I Wish You Would (with Natalie Cressman, Igmar Thoms, James Casey, Skerik & ???)
38. Lettuce – Last Suppit
39. Zach Deputy, Jesus Coomes & Simon Allen – After Party Jam Session Improv

Several other videos from the festival have already been posted at http://www.youtube.com/user/thefunkitblog and many more will follow, so stay tuned.

Also, check out Bee Getz’ masterful written review over at JamBase.

Bootsy Collins at Bear Creek Music Festival

2012 Bear Creek Orchestra At Large feat. Robert Walter, Will Bernard, George Porter Jr, Billy Martin, Jennifer Hartswick, Nigel Hall, Billy Iuso, Pee Wee Ellis, etc.

Orchestra At Large

Every year since 2007 the Bear Creek Music & Art Festival has brought together a huge family of artists from around the country who are steeped in the underground funk scene. This festival prides itself in having more sit-ins than any other festival and this is encouraged by having several Artists At Large that roam around the festival, jumping in and playing with as many different acts as they can.

In 2012, the Artists At Large included Alecia Chakour, Andrew Block, The Atlanta Funk Society Horns, Billy Iuso, Freekbass, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Michelle Sarah, Pee Wee Ellis, Robert Walter, Roosevelt Collier and Will Bernard. The Orchestra At Large set, an annual tradition begun in 2011, gives all of these artists, plus others, the chance to really come together and play in unique formats. For 2012, the Orchestra At Large set took place at 12:30pm on Sunday morning at the Big IV Amphitheatre. While most festival-goer’s were not quite up and out of their tents yet, I was able to capture most of the set with 2 video cameras for your viewing pleasure.

Nigel Hall & George Porter Jr

It was truly a pleasure to see the once in a lifetime rhythm section of George Porter Jr & Billy Martin. Other highlights included Jennifer Hartswick belting out Led Zeppelin‘s Whole Lotta Love over a psychedelic haze of guitar fuzz, Michelle Sarah showing her vocal chops on a cover of Bill Withers‘ hit When I’m Kissing My Love, as well as the interplay, respect, and love between George Porter Jr & Nigel Hall during their cover of Billy Preston‘s Will It Go Round In Circles. ENJOY THE ENTIRE SET BELOW IN 6 PARTS:

PART 1:
Song 01. Play It Back [Robert Walter] (Robert Walter, Billy Martin, George Porter Jr, Will Bernard, Billy Iuso, Andrew Block, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)
Song 02. Zig Zag [Pee Wee Ellis] (Robert Walter, Billy Martin, George Porter Jr, Will Bernard, Billy Iuso, Andrew Block, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)

PART 2:
Song 03. Whole Lotta Love [Led Zeppelin] (Jennifer Hartswick, Freekbass, Robert Walter, Billy Martin, Will Bernard, Billy Iuso, Andrew Block, Pee Wee Ellis, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)

PART 3:
Song 04. Love Having You Around [Stevie Wonder] (Nigel Hall, Alecia Chakour, Freekbass, Nikki Glaspie, Robert Walter, Will Bernard, Billy Iuso, Andrew Block, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)
Song 05. Will It Go Round In Circles [Billy Preston] (Nigel Hall, Roosevelt Collier, George Porter Jr, Nikki Glaspie, Will Bernard, Andrew Block, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)

PART 4:
Song 06. Trippin Over Dragons [Billy Iuso] (Billy Iuso, Freekbass, Nikki Glaspie, Robert Walter, Will Bernard, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)

PART 5:
Song 07. When I’m Kissing My Love [Bill Withers] (Michelle Sarah, Roosevelt Collier, George Porter Jr, Derrick Freeman, Wil Blades, Will Bernard, Andrew Block, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & The Atlanta Funk Society Horns)

PART 6: (shot by CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS)
Song 08. He Bite Me (The Dragon) [The Meters] (George Porter Jr, Roosevelt Collier, Terrence Houston, Robert Walter, Billy Iuso, Will Bernard, Skerik & Pee Wee Ellis)

George Porter Jr & Billy Martin

Funk It’s Bear Creek Music Fest 2012 Videos

I don’t even have words to describe the vibe at the 8th annual Bear Creek Music & Art Festival, so i’ll just use videos to show you.

Funk It’s Bear Creek Music & Art Festival 2012 Video:

01. Headtronics (DJ Logic, Freekbass & Steve Molitz) with Will Bernard – Improv
02. Lettuce – Madison Square
03. Dumpstaphunk with George Porter Jr & Adam Smirnoff – Stretch Your Rubber Band [The Meters cover]
04. Umphrey’s McGee – Phil’s Farm
04. The Dead Kenny G’s with Billy Martin – Yeah Cat
05. The Dead Kenny G’s with George Porter Jr – Improv
06. Khris Royal & Dark Matter with Roosevelt Collier, Freekbass & Michael Matthews – Superstition [Stevie Wonder cover]
07. Zach Deputy – “Gimme That Funk”
08. The New Mastersounds with Robert Walter & Roosevelt Collier – Thermal Bad
09. Billy Martin & Wil Blades – Pick Pocket
The Daptone Super Soul Revue:
10. The Como Mamas – Ain’t He Been Good To Me
11. The Sugarman 3 – Bosco’s Country
12. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires – Heartaches & Pain
13. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – You’ll Be Lonely
14. Dr. Klaw with Robert Walter, Binky Griptite, James Casey, Khris Royal & The March Fourth Marching Band Horns – The Same Thing (Makes You Laugh Makes You Cry) [Sly & The Family Stone cover]
15. Bobby Rush – unknown song
16. Ike Stubblefield with Grant Green Jr., Pee Wee Ellis & Roosevelt Collier – Green Onions [Booker T & The MG’s cover]
17. Jonathan Scales Fourchestra – unknown song
18. Bear Creek Orchestra At Large (Michelle Sarah, Roosevelt Collier, George Porter Jr, Will Bernard, Andrew Block, Robert Walter & Derrick Freeman) – Kissing My Love [Bill Withers cover]
19. Bear Creek Orchestra At Large (Jennifer Hartswick, Billy Martin, Freekbass, Will Bernard, Andrew Block, Robert Walter & Billy Iuso) – Whole Lotta Love [Led Zeppelin cover]
20. George Porter Jr’s Runnin’ Pardners with Skerik, James Casey & Eric Krasno
21. Grant Green Jr with Wil Blades & Wil Bernard – What’s Goin’ On [Marvin Gaye cover]
A Royal Family Affair:
22. Alan Evans Trio – Authority
23. Eric Krasno & Chapter 2 – Love
24. Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour – Baby I Do Love You [Greg Phillinganes cover]
25. Soulive – Uncle Junior
26. Lettuce – Ziggowatt
27. Dumpstaphunk – Drum Solo > Public Service Announcement [Jay-Z cover], Standin’ In Your Stuff [Zigaboo Modeliste cover], Meanwhile, One Nation Under A Groove [Funkadelic cover]

Below you will find 25 more videos from the festival. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates when more videos are posted.

Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 – Love:

Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 – Be Alright:

Alan Evans Trio – Authority:

Headtronics (DJ Logic, Freekbass & Steve Molitz) with Will Bernard – Improv:

Khris Royal & Dark Matter with Roosevelt Collier, Freekbass & Michael Matthews (drummer for Earphunk) – Superstition [Stevie Wonder cover]:

Khris Royal & Dark Matter with Freekbass & Michael Matthews (drummer for Earphunk) – unknown song:

Dr. Klaw with Robert Walter, Binky Griptite, James Casey, Khris Royal & The March Fourth Marching Band Horns – The Same Thing (Makes You Laugh Makes You Cry) [Sly & The Family Stone cover]:

Dr. Klaw – Higher Ground [Stevie Wonder cover] (1 of 2):

Dr. Klaw – Higher Ground [Stevie Wonder cover] (2 of 2):

The New Mastersounds with Robert Walter & Roosevelt Collier – Thermal Bad:

The New Mastersounds with Robert Walter – Carrot Juice:

Ike Stubblefield with Grant Green Jr., Pee Wee Ellis & Roosevelt Collier – Green Onions [Booker T & The MG’s cover] (1 of 2):

Ike Stubblefield with Grant Green Jr., Pee Wee Ellis & Roosevelt Collier – Green Onions [Booker T & The MG’s cover] (2 of 2):

Ike Stubblefield – unknown song:

Grant Green Jr with Ike Stubblefield, Roosevelt Collier & Nigel Hall – Just My Imagination (The Temptations cover) (1 of 2):

Grant Green Jr with Ike Stubblefield, Roosevelt Collier & Nigel Hall – Just My Imagination (The Temptations cover) (2 of 2):

Grant Green Jr with Pee Wee Ellis – Ball of Confusion:

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (1 of 3):

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (2 of 3):

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (3 of 3):

Umphrey’s McGee – Set One, Part 1 of 2:

Umphrey’s McGee – Set One, Part 2 of 2:

Umphrey’s McGee – Set Two, Part 1 of 2:

Umphrey’s McGee – Set Two, Part 2 of 2:

Bobby Rush – unknown song:

Also, CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS has a youtube playlist of over 80 videos from the festival.