Teens Organize Benefit Concert For Disaster Survivors

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Local teen singers and musicians will perform a benefit concert for survivors of the Thomas fire and Montecito mudslide.

The Teens Sing for Santa Barbara Concert is scheduled on the two month anniversary of the mudslide. The teens will take the stage on Friday, March 9 at the Marjorie Luke Theatre in Santa Barbara starting at 7 p.m.

Kiara Lin is one of the concert producers. She started the planning process the day after the disaster when she learned her best friend Lauren Cantin was deeply impacted by the tragedy.

“I decided I had to do something and music is something I’ve always vented through,” Lin said.

Cantin was rescued from the mudslide and also lost her father and brother in the disaster.

Cantin will be one of the featured performers.

“When I told her she said, ‘Sign me up,'” Lin said. “So she’s always been a really bubbly, kind and dedicated person.”

Lin turned to Tali Ratcliffe for help putting the show together.

“It’s never too late to have a meeting of the entire community, coming together and healing through music,” Ratcliffe said.

The teens have been rehearsing in the studio non-stop under the tutelage of legendary musician Kenny Loggins who has devoted many hours of his own time to help the teens hone their performances.


Jackson Gillies came on board as a producer and co-musical director of the show and said it’s amazing to watch the teens work together.

“Most of them have never sung together before or even met before, but it’s absolutely melded together,” Gillies said.

The money raised will benefit mudslide and fire survivors through a partnership with The Unity Shoppe.

Emerson Steady, the director of marketing and media for the concert, said “We’ve sold 450 tickets so far and raised upwards of $18,000.”

Tickets for Teens Sing for Santa Barbara are $15 for students and seniors, $30 for adults and $100 for premium tickets, which includes a “meet and greet” with Loggins.

Each ticket purchased also guarantees one free week per person at the Santa Barbara or Montecito YMCA.

To purchase tickets and learn more, click here.