Music for Charity

Since 1971, Blue Bear has helped more than 30,000 people discover and develop their musical talents, offering them skills for a lifetime of learning and enrichment. Charitable support for our nonprofit work is an important part of keeping Blue Bear alive. A donation to Blue Bear is an investment in a vibrant, effective, established and long-lived nonprofit organization that improves lives one note at a time. With the disappearance of music programs in the schools, we are an increasingly important community resource.

Rip was invited channel his inner Jagger and join The Spillers for a Blue Bear Charity concert in March 2013 in San Francisco, CA.


One week before back surgery, Rip Gerber was invited to join The Spillers in “LA Woman”, by The Doors, at Cafe du Nord on December 11th, 2012.  Raising money for Blue Bear Music.


The Spillers perform “You Wreck Me” by Tom Petty, on April 4, 2012, at Rickshaw Stop to raise money for Blue Bear Music.

The Spillers performing “Love Song” by The Cure, on April 4, 2012, at Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA. Charity concert to support youth musicians.

This charity Dad band, “Boy of the Week,” featured a few former professional musicians and a celebrity chef.  Band practice caught on tape, preparing for the Town School for Boys Annual Fundraiser at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, CA.

The “California Dreaming” intro was added by Joey Altman’s wife as a mock tribute to the loud practice sessions in Joey’s converted garage.  This was a first take of the Eagles hit with backup singers.