Caspar Babypants & the co-ops: Sold-out South Seattle CC concert

Story, photos and video by Jonathan Stumpf
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

That’s Chris Ballew, aka Caspar Babypants, and his band performing a selection of tunes culled from his three albums, including the audience favorite and anthemic singalong “Little Broken Truck,” at a sold-out benefit concert this morning for the South Seattle Community College Parent Cooperative Preschools scholarship fund.

While today he spends more time playing to legions of adoring kids (and parents), Ballew – now a West Seattleite – came to fame as front man for Presidents of the United States of America, post-grunge, modern-rock darlings of Seattle during the mid-1990s.

The sold-out concert at the Jerry Brockey Center on the SSCC campus attracted more than 550 people — each paying a $5 cover.

All proceeds directly benefited the Mary E. Phillips Scholarship Fund that provides tuition assistance to co-op students. Over the past year, the fund awarded $9,700 to families in need. Co-op Parent Education Instructor Judy Hall tells WSB that scholarship requests have increased over the past year because of the economy.

The SSCC Cooperative Preschools have five sites around West Seattle, listed here; the program is explained here.

3 Replies to "Caspar Babypants & the co-ops: Sold-out South Seattle CC concert"

  • Kate K April 24, 2010 (8:51 pm)

    Their music always makes me so happy!

  • Fiona April 25, 2010 (9:49 am)

    What a fantastic performance! With all the extra scholarships that have been requested for tuition, this was a great help. Thanks to Chris, a former co-op dad in the north end and a PEPS supporter, and his buddies, for helping.

  • Julie April 25, 2010 (11:34 am)

    All West Seattle parents should know about the SSCC Cooperative Preschool program; we are very lucky in Washington State, and at SSCC in particular, to have this fantastic parent education program. The legislature should take note: generations of West Seattle families are grateful to the support they received from the co-ops, and our community is stronger for it.

    I encourage my fellow co-op family alumni to donate to the scholarship fund, too!

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