Ventura County

Outpouring of support at Thomas Fire Benefit concert

Thomas Fire benefit concert in Ventura

VENTURA, Calif. - Ventura community leaders along with local organizations came together Saturday night and put on a benefit festival to help raise money for victims of the Thomas Fire.

Kevin Costner’s Modern West band was just one of many big name artist that came to perform on stage.

“It's been a nightmare that wasn’t going away," said Kevin Costner. "I said I really want to do something and I think its music.”

The city of Ventura, where Costner and many of the performers grew up, was hit hard by the Thomas fire destroying more than 1,000 structures and leaving hundreds of people without homes.

The benefit concert tickets prices ranged from $50-$200 with 100 percent of the funds going to the victims. The event sold out within a couple of weeks.

Chef José Andrés has been active in supporting relief efforts by his non-profit organization, World Central Kitchen and LA Kitchen, founded by Robert Egger. During the fires that raged from Los Angeles up to Santa Barbara, the team served over 35,000 meals at Red Cross emergency shelters and to evacuee support centers, firefighters, National Guard, police and other first responders.

Andrés, alongside other celebrity guests and local restaurateurs, will be creating an assortment of specialty dishes for sampling by VIP festival-goers. VIP guests will also enjoy access to an unlimited sampling of wine and craft beer in a lounge setting before the concert portion of the festival begins.

Artists and celebrities with ties to the area are donating their talents to the cause.

The lineup included performances from A-list talent such as: Three time Golden Globe and Academy Award winning actor, producer, director and musician, Kevin Costner and his band, Modern West; Four time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and actress, Olivia Newton-John; Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat; Ventura local and three time platinum hip-hop artist KYLE. Ventura favorites Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, known for their hit songs “Go Daddy-O”, “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” and more, also performed.

Colbie Caillat grew up in Thousand Oaks and says Ventura County is very much home. The Grammy award winning singer and songwriter said she felt helpless when the fire struck her town.

“It was hard," said Caillat. "I live in Nashville now and they weren’t covering and it on t.v. It wasn’t being shown over there so I was just getting text of information and I felt so in the dark and so of course I wanted to come here and find some way to help.”

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