Words by Scott T. Horowitz
Photos by Phil Sunkel
Dancing disciples of funk, soul, and electronic music around the world descend each November upon The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FLA. Boasting multiple stages (including a natural amphitheater amidst trees dripping Spanish moss), a silent disco, amazing food and craft vendors, acres of natural beauty, campfires, and an atmosphere of childlike wonder, Bear Creek Music Festival is the United States’ preeminent camping festival.
Following Bradley was a world-class performance from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Invoking the energy of James Brown and the voice of Aretha Franklin, Sharon Jones absolutely throws down. Her band provides sonic landscapes for her to strut her stuff and sing life’s simple truths. Her eternally childlike spirit is evident whether bringing people from the crowd onstage or providing a time-traveling dance lesson.