Posted by: Regina | October 29, 2007

Inaugural Post: John Mayer at the 21st Bridge School Benefit

Update: November 13, 2007 @ 2:47 pm KST

Mayer playing his song “Gravity” to the Bridge School kids (thanks to Pat for permission to use his picture.)


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Let me start with a post that includes one of my favorites, John Mayer, playing a concert near my adopted home town of San Francisco.There was a fundraiser for the Bridge School at the Shoreline Amiptheater. The school was founded in 1986 by Neil Young’s wife Pegi Young and James Forderer, two parents of special needs children, and speech pathologist Marilyn Buzolich.

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Here is a description of what the school does:

The Bridge School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications and through the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies.

The Bridge School is an internationally recognized leader in the education of children who use augmentative and alternative communication and has developed unique programs and trained highly skilled professionals in the use of state of the art assistive technology.

How can you not support a cause like that?

What I loved finding when I was researching this post was this:

As a Bridge School Benefit tradition, the musicians perform with students of the school on the stage behind them, often turning their backs to the theater audience to entertain the children.

Now that’s a great tradition, and the kids must be thrilled. I know I was thrilled when Stevie Wonder showed up at my elementary school and played for us. It was inspiring and, frankly, unforgetable.

I’m glad to see some other young kids have a memory that will, hopefully, inspire them years on.

The source of the Bridge School Benefit pictures: TryJM – 10/28 – Mountain View, CA – Bridge School Benefit (Night 2).  They also have more pics and video from John’s set.

More links:
TryJM: 10/27 – Mountain View, CA – Bridge School Benefit (Night 1)
Inside Bay Area: No Boss, but Bridge concert has its moments
The Mercury News: Bridge School Benefit
The Daily Journal: Benefit takes stage


  1. This is such a wonderful idea, and you couldn’t have started it of with a better person! Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the positive feed back.

    You’re welcome 😉

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