9 years ago, singer-songwriter Freddy Freeman put together a concert of musicians and performers of the Bear community, and called it Bearapalooza. Since that first show in 2002 in New York City, 2002, Bearapalooza has traveled around the USA , touching the lives of countless musicians and music fans, bringing a special sense of diversity and pride wherever it goes,and has grown into a national musical celebration of ursine brotherhood. Bearapalooza has had successful music festivals in New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Nashville, Milwaukee, Detroit, Boston, DC, Baltimore, Savannah, Indianapolis, Chicago, Rochester, Albany, Raleigh, Louisville, and Dade City Florida, showcasing the incredible talents of Bear artists like Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes, Max Christopher, Tommy Johns, Kendall, The Future Villain Band, Nekked, Charles K. Brown, the Bootlickers, Rockcub, Martin Swinger, Bobaloo, Andy Northrup, Freddy Freeman, Dave Montana and so many others. Bearapalooza has been covered in Attitudes UK, Time Out NY, The Church Street Freedom Press, the NY Blade, Philadelphia Gay News, Seattle Gay News, and many other national and local publications, and has been featured on various Radio Programs and Podcasts such as Sirius OutQ, B-Talk, BearPodcast, HomoPod Radio, Queer Music Heritage on KPFT in Houston, Quest of Life on WRPI in Troy NY, the Bear Radio Network and many more. The first Bearapalooza was also featured in a story on the PBS program "Under the Pink Carpet"