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Local residents get first shot at Jack Johnson fundraiser tickets at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Music event to help relief organizations

Hundreds of fans come out to the Santa Barbara Bowl in a "locals first" sale of Jack Johnson tickets for an upcoming fundraiser to help disaster victims. (John Palminteri/KEYT photo)
Singer Jack Johnson is coming back to Santa Barbara with his guitar, ukulele and a warm heart  to help victims of two recent disasters.
The acclaimed singer and former pro surfer who has sold millions of albums, will do a concert March 18th at the Santa Barbara Bowl.   All proceeds will go to assistance groups for residents who have suffered losses in December's Thomas Fire and January's deadly Montecito mudflow.
Tickets were in high demand today at 2 p.m. in a rare four-hour "locals first" pre sale special. Hundreds of people were awaiting their moment at the ticket window when sales began.  
After purchasing her tickets, Anneliese Place said she wanted to go to the show for the music and the cause.  "It is because of the cause and my friend was killed and his kids were killed so every cause to support them I am going to be there for them"

For Sharon Green she said, "both, absolutely both.  I have seen Jack Johnson many, many times and I have had the opportunity to be down in the pit and he is a fantastic performer.  So much fun!"  

The bowl says Jack Johnson and his promoter Moss Jacobs of Goldenvoice  got this show together as soon as they could.  
"I think the fact that the proceeds for this event are all going to the recovery,  people have come out and lined up early and they are excited to see a great evening of music. It just goes to the strength and resilience of our community," said Bowl Manager Rick Boller.
One fan picking up her tickets, Sharon Green said she was there for the show and the cause.  "Both absolutely both.  I have seen Jack Johnson many, many times and I have had the opportunity to be down in the pit and he is a fantastic performer. So much fun, " she said.
A Santa Barbara City College student Scout Tommey said "I think it is super important and I like how the proceeds go towards the victims."  She was aware of the connection Johnson had to the area and his efforts to help the victims recover."
After four hours of ticket sales the on line option opened up and the availability in person changed.  A bowl worker informed the remaining people in line the box office did not "have anything available everything is tied up for the online local pre sale."
More tickets were said to be ready for release when the general public can have access to the ticket supply and that will take place at 11 a.m.
While some people left frustrated, and even vented at the box office, others were using their phones to try for on line links to buy tickets.
Those that wanted to be part of this community event and received tickets were thrilled even if they were not down front.
Green said she would be in section D, towards the top, but was already looking forward to the show five weeks away.
Johnson is known for his charitable contributions in many areas including Hawaii, the Northern California fire zone, and in areas damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Irene.
For the current fundraiser, the proceeds will go to specific groups working on recovery and relief efforts.
They include United Way of Santa Barbara County and United Way of Ventura County , Direct Relief, Santa Barbara Foundation, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, FOOD Share (Ventura), Search Dog Foundation, Greater Goods (Ojai), Habitat for Humanity, and the Santa Barbara Response Network.


For more information go to :  The Santa Barbara Bowl

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