Concert Reports


Jack Johnson and Friends, a Benefit

03/18/2018, Santa Barbara Bowl

Jack Johnson and Friends, a Benefit for the Community took place Sunday, March 18th at the Santa Barbara Bowl, in support of ongoing Thomas Fire and Flood recovery efforts. The Thomas Fire, which erupted on December 4th, destroyed hundreds of homes and heavily impacted thousands of people in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. A powerful January storm pounded the scorched hillsides above the community of Montecito, triggering devastating flooding and mudslides


All Photos: Amanda Peacock


”The stretch of coast from Santa Barbara to Ventura is one of the most beautiful parts of the world with such a strong and close-knit community. It was heartbreaking to have so many events affect this region in recent months. In turn, it has been inspiring to see the amount of love, hard work, and collaboration that has gone into the recovery efforts. We are excited to celebrate many of the heroes and do what we can to help rebuild our community!” said Jack Johnson. After the rain subsided, Johnson began reaching out to fellow musicians and set plans in motion to host a benefit, with a goal of not only raising funds, but also raising spirits through a community building event.


Opening the night was ALO ( Animal Liberation Orchestra ), longtime friends of Jack with deep roots in Santa Barbara followed by Ben Harper who later joined Johnson onstage for "Diamonds On The Inside," "With My Own Two Hands" & "Please Me Like You Want To." Jack Johnson’s love affair with the city of Santa Barbara was evident throughout the night and at one point he had First Responders stand up (the ones in attendance) so we could thank them with applause, then Johnson told the Sold Out audience "I've been in love with Santa Barbara the same amount of time as I've been in love with my Wife"


Fans were treated to Jack Johnson hits throughout the night including -"Bubble Toes,""Mudfootball" and "Banana Pancakes" (with Zach Gill from ALO on Accordion.) More Special Guests & Friends made appearances to show their support and to celebrate the strength and resilience of the community and people of Santa Barbara. Kenny Loggins and David Crosby joined Jack for amazing renditions of "Danny's Song," "Teach Your Children," and "Love The One You're With"


As part of Jack’s ongoing greening efforts to reduce single-use plastic waste, a benefit souvenir cup was given to every ticket holder.


100% of net proceeds will be directed to the United Way Thomas Fire & Flood Fund, and to local non-profits working on relief & recovery efforts in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. United Way of Santa Barbara County and United Way of Ventura County are working together to address the short and long term needs of families and individuals impacted by fire and flooding, and are waiving all administration fees so that 100% of funds raised can be put to good use. While the United Way is the primary beneficiary of the Jack Johnson and Friends concert, additional donations will also be made to Direct Relief, Santa Barbara Foundation, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, FOOD Share (Ventura), Search Dog Foundation, Greater Goods (Ojai), Habitat for Humanity, the Santa Barbara Response Network, and more.



To make a direct donation to any of these non-profit organizations, visit:




About Jack Johnson


Jack Johnson grew up surfing and playing guitar in Hawaii. Since 2001, he has released 7 studio albums and 2 live albums that have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Jack’s latest album, All The Light Above it Too, released in September 2017 debuted #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. His Brushfire Records label and touring crew have been leaders in the greening of the music industry and his All At Once social action network connects fans with local non-profits at each tour stop. Jack, with his wife Kim, founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to support environmental education in Hawaii's schools and communities, as well as the Johnson Ohana Foundationto support environmental, art and music education worldwide. Johnson’s album, tour profits, and personal philanthropic activities have resulted in over $30 million donated to charity since 2001.For the first time since 2014, Johnson hit the road last year for his All The Light Above it Too tour, stopping at scenic venues across North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand.



Santa Barbara Bowl Mission Statement


The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation actively strives to create the leading outdoor performing arts center in the country. Dedicated community volunteers lead the charge in achieving this goal through pursuing the following major initiatives:


Facility Enhancement

Amplify the comfort and enjoyment of patrons and artists by continually enhancing Santa Barbara Bowl facilities and establishing long term-funding sources for ongoing maintenance and repairs.

Performance Diversity

Purposefully and continually broaden the musical spectrum of Santa Barbara Bowl performances as a reflection of our patrons’ diverse communities and interests.


Community Outreach

Provide support and funding for performing arts education in the Santa Barbara community.


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