Bear Shadow Comes Out of Hibernation this Spring with a Star-Studded Lineup

The Bear Shadow music festival is calling fans back to the mountains for its third annual iteration with a diverse, star-studded lineup featuring headliners Spoon, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, The Head & The Heart, and more. Set to take place April 28-30 at Winfield Farm in Scaly Mountain, NC, the three-day event will also host a eclectic roster of up-and-comers drawn for the worlds of Americana, bluegrass, soul and roots, alternative, and indie rock.


Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit. Photo credit: Jody Carbone

Psychedelic singer/songwriter Neal Francis, rockers Fruit Bats, and husband-and-wife team Woody Platt & Shannon Whitworth of the Grammy Award-winning bluegrass outfit Steep Canyon Rangers will joining the headliners. Rounding out the bill will be trail-blazing, alt-roots rocker Amythyst Kiah, singer/songwriter Lissie, and 17-year-old Americana phenom Myron Elkins.


Amythyst Kiah Publicity Photo

 “When we set out to produce one of the hottest tickets on the music festival scene, we knew the Highlands area would deliver appeal, and that is evident in our third annual Bear Shadow festival lineup,” said Casey Reid, festival director and partner at Eleven Events. “We are beyond thrilled to bring some of the leading artists to the Highlands Plateau next April to share their talent and join us for another weekend of music and revelry under the canopy of the Blue Ridge Mountains.”


Just a short drive from the idyllic mountain resort town of Highlands, NC, the boutique festival is produced by Highland Festivals Inc. and Eleven Events. The fest is named for the bear-like shadow that appears each fall and spring behind one of the region’s best known and breathtaking landmarks — Whiteside Mountain.


Highlands Plateau

When not taking in music at “Base Camp,” the event’s main stage and festival grounds, fans can join a flow yoga class in downtown Highlands, book a guided hike with expert conservationists, or purchase a fly-fishing trip led by local outfitter Brookings and musician and angler Woody Platt. Music clinics lead by Bear Shadow musicians are also on tap with details to be announced soon. Also, area food and beverage vendors will be on hand offering delicious regional cuisine and libations.

Dedicated to preserving the lush forests, breathtaking mountains, and natural beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, Bear Shadow has donated $20,000 to local organizations including the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and Highlands Biological Station.

Highlands Plateau

Midwest-based graphic designer Brian Kingen, this year’s winner of Bear Shadow’s poster design contest, captures the essence of the event and region in the festival lineup poster. Attendees can check out his artwork throughout the weekend at his booth located on festival grounds.



Tickets for Bear Shadow, including VIP options, go on sale on Wednesday, November 16 at 10 a.m. EST via the event’s official website. For more information, click on the links below.


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