Long before Jack Black starred in the 2003 film Rock school, the Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco taught rock, pop and blues to young students. Today, “The Original School of Rock” is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a performance of the David Bowie classic “Suffragette City” by Black and the current student group Blue Bear.
Founded in 1971, the Blue Bear Music School has hosted around 40,000 students over its 50-year history. The non-profit organization offers paid and free lessons for aspiring musicians of all ages.
“A good friend of mine (Paul Cummins) told me about Blue Bear and the amazing job they’ve done,” Black said. “I jumped at the chance to celebrate their 50th anniversary by jamming the Bowie with their group of teenage stars. So funny. What an honor. They have been teaching rock to kids since 1971! I love Blue Bear… the original rock school !!! ”
In addition to the performance of Bowie’s classic, Blue Bear School of Music is hosting a fundraiser stone auction, launch on November 16. Tickets for Metallica’s upcoming 40th anniversary shows at the Chase Center in San Francisco in December are up for grabs, along with tickets to see Primus, Steve Earle and more. There are also signed memorabilia from Eddie Vedder and other artists.
The video of Jack Black performing “Suffragette City” with teenage band Blue Bear can be seen below, along with a clip celebrating 50 years.
Black and her music partner Kyle Gass recently met Heavy consequence to discuss all things Tenacious D. This video interview can also be seen below.