The overall message of the album is one of unity, perseverance and friendship. Musically, the album’s sound is reminiscent of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album mixed with a tinge of The Kinks’ Village Green Preservation Society. A few stand out tracks are Little Boat, Navigate, and Merman Named Jim, but it should be noted that all the songs on the album dovetail nicely to create a seamless musical adventure. Navigate drops 3/23/18.
Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM Morning Edition host, Glenn Richards, spoke with Bear and Lion of the Gainesville group, Bears & Lions.
A favorite with kids (and parents), Bears & Lions are making their third appearance at WUFT’s annual Fanfares & Fireworks at the UF Bandshell at Flavet Field.
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Sue Wagner, director of community relations for WUFT-TV/FM, WUFT Classic 102.7, WJUF-FM and WRUF-AM/FM/TV, said the first band, Bears and Lions, is more geared toward children and their families.
“They are actually dressed like animals,” Wagner said. “Kids really love them.”
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#1 Gasparilla is not your average kid’s entertainment. From 2015 Grammy nominee Secret Agent Skidoo, to silly Bears and Lions, the weekend is packed with a variety of musical acts that are sure to get every toddler’s toe tapping.
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Most fans already know the headliners – Ryan Adams, Cage The Elephant, Ghostface Killah – and some of the supporting acts including those who love to visit Florida often: Moon Taxi, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Los Amigos Invisibles. However, Gasparilla always curates a genre-diverse roster that features both local and left-field bands, sure to enrich the two-day celebration of art and creativity.
Bears and Lions
Falling somewhere between a G-rated Tenacious D and a Saturday morning cartoon, Bears and Lions are a goofy duo of what could best be described as kids folk rock. Although they list Michael Jackson, John Denver, and Kermit the Frog as influences, the Gainesville-based band have more in common with the easy, breezy harmonies of Fountains of Wayne and the semi-serious hooks of an another animal-themed outfit, The Aquabats. Although they should probably have their own children’s show by now, Bears and Lions are charming and funny enough that both parents and adults, in general, might get a kick out of their furry festivities.
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“Sure, the premise is bizarre. I mean, do bears and lions even have opposable thumbs to play the guitar? And yes, the set up is a bit hokey. But I’m willing to forgive it if they keep delivering songs like “Pancakes.” The song has a bit of a hard, almost rap-metal sound to it. It’s as if Rage Against the Machine and Cake had a baby and started making children’s music with its gradual build and mariachi-ish horn. The song not only lays out Bears and Lions backstory, but it also makes my mouth water with this roll call of pancake varieties and toppings. IHOP should consider making this their theme song.”
The Orange Blossom Revue, which took place on the shores of Lake Wailes Friday night, is an event hosted by the Lake Wales Rotary Club. The proceeds benefit Lake Wales recreation and parks projects, so the community is investing in the community by attending.
Bears and Lions, a band that dresses up as animals while performing quirky songs about pancakes and airplanes, livened up both the children and adults in the audience.
Bears and Lions are again playing Gainesville’s biggest 4th of July Celebration.
Bears and Lions, oh my! The duo (who dress like the erstwhile creatures) have a brand new EP of two songs, “Sleepyhead” and “Depot Park.” If you like Wilco but wished they skewed more for kids, you get the general idea of their sound. Still, they make a funky pair. Bears and Lions should be natural enemies, yet they have banded together to make a band.
“@ dinner singing “Double Stack”.. the Zep Meets Mr Rogers power chords r irresistible”
“The reason we’d never had a kids band on was because they don’t write good songs and they don’t rock, but you guys do both!”