Blue Bear Benefit

Thanks for an amazing Blue Bear Benefit, to everyone who came out to support our 9th annual event featuring Jackie Greene at The Chapel. It was a fun (and successful) night thanks to the performers, venue staff, sponsors, volunteers, Blue Bear teachers and staff, and you! The Jackie Greene Band played two great sets, the kids bands (including young musicians from our All Star Band Program) rocked it, and some of them even joined Jackie onstage (check out this video of the kids and Jackie’s band performing the Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower”). See you soon at the school, at your next lesson, class, band workshop or Summer Camp, at our upcoming Guitar Week or band showcases, or wherever the music takes us!

Blue Bear School of Music presents
9th Annual
Blue Bear Benefit
Jackie Greene
Blue Bear Youth Bands
MC Renee Richardson – KFOG Morning Show
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The Chapel

777 Valencia at 19th St. in San Francisco
Pre-show VIP Reception for VIP ticket holders: 6pm
Doors: 7pm / Show: 7:30pm
All Ages Welcome

  • $60 GA
  • $50 GA Blue Bear Members (more info)
  • VIP Tickets – SOLD OUT, thank you! (includes pre-show meet & greet with Jackie Greene, complimentary catered cuisine courtesy of The Chapel’s restaurant The Vestry, exclusive non-reserved VIP mezzanine seating opportunities and non-hosted VIP bar)

Your ticket purchase supports Blue Bear’s nonprofit mission!

Changing Lives Through Music Education

The annual Blue Bear Benefit provides crucial funding for our school’s nonprofit mission and music education programs that enrich the lives of more than 800 Bay Area youth, including hundreds of kids from low-income families and at-risk communities in the Tenderloin and Bayview Hunters Point. Proceeds support our Rock Band Ensemble, Group Guitar and Vocal Performance Ensemble programs at seven public school partner sites, our Digital Studio Program at Bayview Hunters Point YMCA, and youth scholarships and sliding scale tuition support for low-income students of all ages receiving high-quality music instruction at our Fort Mason Center campus.

Please join us for this exciting event and help Blue Bear School of Music continue our 43-year legacy of bringing innovative and affordable music education programs to anyone, regardless of financial means, who is motivated to sing, play or craft a song.

Current Blue Bear youth music education partners include:

  • Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
  • Tenderloin Community Elementary School
  • Gateway Middle School
  • Rooftop Alternative School
  • Creative Arts Charter School
  • George Peabody Elementary School
  • The Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Miraloma Elementary School

Big Thanks To Our Generous Sponsors!
(More Info on Sponsorships)
Gold Sponsor
The McKenzie Foundation of San Francisco
Silver Sponsor
Calibre One
Bronze Sponsor
Emergent Transportation Systems
Media Sponsors
KFOG JamBase

The BISS List

Jackie Greene

photo by Jay Blakesberg

Headlining this year’s Blue Bear Benefit is prolific singer/songwriter and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene and his band. Greene has been involved in many high-profile projects including his endeavors with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, The Black Crowes, Levon Helm, Gov’t Mule, Los Lobos, Mark Knopfler, B.B. King and more. Constantly touring, Jackie has a reputation for putting on an energetic live show and has earned the respect of critics, musicians and fans across the country. While his music is difficult to pigeonhole, there is a consistent influence of Americana Roots that runs through his large musical catalog. At times, his songs are playful, other times they are sorrowful. But always, they are soulful.

Sponsor the Blue Bear Benefit!

Download the Benefit Press Release

You can also purchase tickets:

Blue Bear Member tickets are available for purchase only by phone at 415-673-3600 or at the Blue Bear front desk. Blue Bear Members, students and alumni in good standing can purchase Blue Bear Benefit tickets at the discounted price of $50 each.

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