Bear's Picnic

14th Annual Bear’s Picnic Family Reunion

Blain, PA

August 1st-4th, 2019

The team behind Bear’s Picnic is pleased to announce that the 14th Annual Bear’s Picnic Family Reunion will be held once again at Blain Picnic Ground in Blain, PA.

From the YouTube channel of Michael McMahon

The lineup this year boasts John Kadlecik and the West Philly Fadeaway, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Englishtown Project, Litz, Lespecial, Flux Capacitor, Stir Fried, and more. RSVP to the Facebook event here and get your tickets at this link– online sales close tonight at midnight!

From its humble beginnings, A Bear’s Picnic has reached out across the country to the Grateful Dead extended family of musicians and Deadheads and the children of deadheads and the answers keep coming back stronger every year. There are a few signs earmarking a great summer music festival and Bear’s has them all — the biggest being their ability to bring the big acts to their no-frills stage design (opting instead for an outrageous PA and sound crew). This is the festival where the bands come because they want to be a part of it, not because they need to be. Blain Picnic Ground is a gorgeous shaded campground along Sherman Creek with swimming holes and a playground. This event is family-friendly- children 15 or under get in for free- but the promoters request that children stay with a guardian at all times.


A jam-scene all-star band made up of frontman John Kadlecik (Golden Gate Wingmen, Fellowship of the Wing, late of Dark Star Orchestra and Further), bassist Marc Brownstein and keyboardist Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, along with Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield. As suggested by their moniker, the quartet explores the music of the Grateful Dead.


Formed in 2001 in Rochester, New York, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad first received praise for their live show, which combined world beats and reggae rhythms within jamband aesthetics. In recent years the band’s studio recordings, which showcase their songwriting and musicianship across all genres of roots music, have further cemented their legend as master innovators and artists.


On September 3rd, 1977, the Grateful Dead headlined one of the largest and most musically successful concerts of all time at Raceway Park in Englishtown N.J. In addition to the Dead, who had just completed its legendary Spring / Summer 1977 tour featuring a batch of new material from Terrapin Station, the show also included the Dead family’s New Riders of the Purple Sage and the good-time, southern rock Marshall Tucker Band. This tribute extravaganza will feature healthy “doses” of selections from each band’s sets that day with a relaxed, festival style program featuring members from Hot Tuna, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Zen Tricksters, Rainbow Full of Sound, and occasional special guests from Phil Lesh and Friends, The Machine, Assembly of Dust, The Joe Cocker Band, Reverend Jefferson, Stir Fried, Dead Sage, Illuminati, David Nelson Band, Dead On Live, Max Creek, and Jam Stampede.


Willie Jack and the Northern Light has been playing it’s own style of music for over 15 years to festivals, clubs, and gatherings throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. Drawing heavily from a multitude of influences and styles, yet flavored with their own sense of original expression, their genre has been labeled Jam, Experimental and Funk Jazz. The band has been a frequent guest of the Bear’s Picnic hosts, both for this festival and for other events in the Bear’s Picnic universe.

We caught up Jeff Oshetski (lead guitar and vocals) with Willie Jack and the Northern Light and asked about Bear’s Picnic. ” We’ve had the pleasure and honor to play every Bears Picnic since it’s inception.”

LMNR: What do you have in store for fans this year at the Picnic?

Jeff / Willie Jack and the Northern Light: “We are proud to feature our strongest lineup to date. We have three multi instrumentalists, and they morph into a horn section before your eyes. And maybe, just maybe- there could be a possible special guest”


The Bear’s Picnic is a family oriented music festival featuring a variety of local and national bands, arts, crafts, camping, children’s activities, and much more.  The event showcases a variety of music genres to enjoy including Jam, Blues, Rock, Country, Folk, Funk, Bluegrass, Jazz, and Reggae. 

14th Annual Bear’s Picnic Family Reunion

532 Picnic Grove Road

Blain PA

August 1st-4th, 2019

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