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A Busy Week Ahead!

I’ve got a very busy week ahead, so sit down and buckle up!

Tomorrow (Sun, Feb. 11th) Bear & Robert are playing at the UU Fellowship of St. Augustine, FL, starting at 10:30 am. The theme of the service is “The Gifts Of Love”

Wednesday, Feb. 14th (yes, Valentine’s Day!) Bear & Robert are playing the Mississippi John Hurt benefit at Mudville Music Room in Jacksonville, FL. Concert starts at 7:30 pm, and features Roy Bookbinder, Dixie Rodeo, Big John Austill, Jesse Montoya and many more! Donation at the door…

Finally, Saturday, Feb. 17th, Black Water Swamp Band is playing at Oceanway Bar & Grill on the north side of Jacksonville, starting at 8pm. Gonna be fun!!!

Bear & Robert at South FL Folk Fest!

Bear and Robert are honored to be one of 12 finalists in the 2018 South Florida Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition!

We will compete live in front of a panel of judges with the other finalists on January 13, 2017. The panel of judges at the Festival will select three winners. All winners and runners-up will have an opportunity to play “in the round” on Sunday, January 14th (the second day of the Festival).

Congratulations and good luck to everyone!

Bear & Robert – Jacksonville, FL
Cecilia St. King – Delray Beach, FL
Claudia Nygaard – Nashville, TN
Joe Virga – Cape Coral, FL
Joel Zoss – West Palm Beach, FL
Judy Kass – Tarrytown, NY
Kray Van Kirk – Arcata, CA
Lauren Heintz – Winter Park, FL
Leah Kaufman – Raleigh, NC
Nigel Egg – Minneapolis, MN
Randy Brown – Mineola, TX
Sonya Heller – Callicoon Center, NY

Hope to see you there!

This Weekend’s Gigs-Dec. 2nd, 2017

This Saturday, Bear & Robert (yup me & Cindy) are playing 2-count’em 2!! Gigs-

First gig is at the Floral City Heritage Days in downtown Floral City, FL. We play there from 1-2 pm.

Then, we head down to our favorite coffeehouse on the west coast of Florida, the Oasis Coffee Spot  (9213 Little Rd., New Port Richey, FL 34654 (727) 869-1239) starting at 7:30 pm. Following us at Oasis is Jerry Galanti, well worth checking out!Oasis poster 12-2-17-01


Wednesday-Bear & Robert… Thursday-Black Water Swamp Band!

This week, I’m playing TWO shows during the week!

Wednesday night, I’ll be playing with Cindy Bear as Bear & Robert at the Mudville Music Room (3105 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville) as part of the North Florida Folk Network’s Monthly Local Artist Showcase (also featuring the New Moon Ramblers and The Conners Project) Show starts at 7:30, with a $5 cover charge (goes to the artists!)

Thursday, Black Water Swamp Band rolls into Dee’s Music Bar (2141 Loch Rane Blvd., Orange Park, FL) from 6-10 pm… yes, it’s a somewhat early gig! Come enjoy a great bike night, some great blues and classic rock, and even a video shoot! So come on down and boogie with the band!

Hope to see your smiling faces this week!



Florida Music-Food Initiative Benefit Concert July 22nd!

Cindy Bear & Myself will be performing at this concert, hope to see you there!!!

Please join us at the next Florida Music Food Initiative (FMFI) benefit concert/food drive at the Oasis Coffee Spot (located in Regency Square Plaza) in New Port Richey, FL on Saturday, July 22nd! Your donations of non-perishable food items (pet food too!) and funds help feed our hungry and homeless in Florida. See our lineup listed below!

Have a cup of coffee/tea and some sweet treats with us while enjoying an incredible evening of music from 5 – 10 pm. Featuring talented artists from all over the state, many of whom are featured on our two CD’s, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper” and “Stay Positive!”

Please bring non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the ACTS Resource Center in Hudson, FL. Non-perishable pet food items will be distributed to the SPCA in New Port Richey, FL. Donations and proceeds from CD sales are split between Feeding Florida (formerly known as the FL Assoc. of Food Banks) and the Florida Coalition for the Homeless.

Here’s our lineup!

5:00 In Good Company
5:30 James Hawkins
6:00 Paul Garfinkel
6:30 Mary Beth Campbell & Smithson-French
7:00 Joe Virga
7:30 Frankie J
8:00 Bear and Robert
8:30 Mike Jurgensen
9:00 Al Scortino
9:30 Ellen Bukstel

The Florida Music Food Initiative, Inc. (FMFI) was formed for the purpose of producing a collection of songs by Florida songwriters for CDs to generate funds in support of individuals and families experiencing hunger and homelessness in FL. For more information, please check out our website at

Thank you, and hope to see you there!

This Weekend’s Gigs-July 14th & 15th, 2017

Friday, July 14th, The Black Water Swamp Band will be at the Brass Anchor Pub (2292 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach FL) from 9pm-1am… we;ll be playing all sorts of blues, swamp, classic rock and a sprinkling of originals from the old FRBT days-come on out!!!Brass Anchor Poster 7-14-17

Saturday, it’s Bear & Robert time, playing a benefit concert for Camp Hope, an organization dedicated to helping veterans with PTSD… At Veterans United Brewery (8999 Western Way, Jacksonville, FL) with performances by Melissa Smith, Kim and Shawn Blues, Billy and Bella, Bear and Robert, MJ Baker and Jenna Martinez

$5.00 for Active Duty, Veterans and Dependents
$7.00 General Admission
Children are FREE!!


Hope to see you this weekend!!

Been Awhile… But things are percolating…

I know it’s been awhile since I posted any sort of updates, but with moving to Jacksonville and all, it’s taken a bit of time to get settled in and moving forward with the music again. That said, here’s a couple updates:

Bear & Robert (myself and Cindy Bear) are playing together this weekend! Tomorrow morning (Saturday Nov. 19th) at the Riverside Arts Market (95 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL) from 10:30 to 11:30 am. come on out and say hi, and listen to our folk-blues brew!

Sunday, we’re headed down to the Farm in Brooksville, FL (19234 Lake Lindsey Rd, Brooksville, Florida) for the Florida Music Food Initiative-we’re playing from 2:30 to 3pm, and helping to replenish food banks across Florida. Please bring some canned goods to donate for this worthy cause!

A NEW band is in the works, and hopefully will be gigging in the New Year, so keep an eye on this space for more news!