DJ List: Bear Z Bub

Our Sounds Santa
by Jim Provenzano

Bear Z Bub, gettin’ ole school

After moving to San Francisco in 1996, DJ Bear Z Bub considers Don Baird’s mixes at the old Hole in the Wall barm and Robbie Daniels’ Trannyshack mixes as early inspirations. “I consider them my DJ parents,” he said.

“When I lived in Michigan, I got a steady diet of rock and R&B. As a kid I was drawn to new wave then industrial and then electronic music. From going to gay bars, I heard plenty of dance and disco. Occasional drag shows exposed me to the diva stuff. I love many different styles of music.”

That diverse taste ties in with his unique event, Around Amoeba in 180 Minutes on Friday December 10. In three hours, he’ll play at least one piece of music from every department at Amoeba Used Records, “from Wagner to Wu-Tang.” (

Currently one of two resident DJs at the Lone Star and for Suppository Spelling’s monthly solo night for Mary Go Round at The Lookout, Bear was one of the two resident DJs at the Charlie Horse, and I just recently played at Akbar in Los Angeles.

DJ Bear Z Bub gets his Pooh on.

Guest gigs include Some Thing at The Stud, The Eagle Tavern, The Hole In The Wall,  The Triple R, and the first two years of the Hairrison Street Fair.

Last year’s highlight include a six-hour set at Pink Saturday, and the 30th Anniversary of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Bear said, “My favorite gigs are playing parties at Isotope, the comic book lounge, and for the developmentally disabled adults at my day job at the Arc SF.

For his upcoming schedule, you can find Bear Z. Bub on Facebook.

DJ Bear Z Bub’s 12 Songs of Christmas
Herman Apple – “C’est Noel Rock”
Kay Starr – “The Man With The Bag”
Duke Ellington – “Sugar Rum Cherry”
The J’s with Jamie – “Cool Yule”
Vince Guaraldi Trio – “Christmas Time Is Here”
Henry Mancini – “Sleigh Ride”
Cocteau Twins – “Frosty The Snowman”
Miles Davis – “Blue Xmas (to whom it may concern)”
69 Boyz, Quad City DJ’s and K-nock – “What You Want For Christmas”
Grandaddy – “Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland”
Siouxsie & the Banshees – “Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant”
Eartha Kitt ­–­ “Santa, Baby”

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