A small army of local music celebrities will descend upon the Carpinteria Plaza Theater on Saturday, February 6th, to perform a musical tribute to David Bowie. The unique one of a kind event is sure to sell out the tiny theater with accidental perfect acoustics. Advance tickets are only $20.00 available directly from the theater website. “This concert benefits The Young & Brave Foundation. The Young and Brave Foundation began from LOVE. In 2010, founders Nathaniel Curran and Matt Coulter were hit with a devastating blow, when a loved one was diagnosed with the unthinkable: cancer. It was a complete shock to all, and no one knew quite where to turn. Not ones to sit on the sidelines, Nathaniel and Matt jumped into action; helping raise money to cover medical expenses, creating community awareness and offering support to their friend in need. It was the fight for life that occurred after the diagnosis that truly opened their eyes to the harsh realities of cancer. From this experience, Nathaniel and Matt’s passion for helping others was born,” according to the theaters website. Ones To Watch Productions has brought together a team of top talent, headed up by musical director Tariqh Akoni and his band. Akoni has an impressive resume as a performing and sessions guitarist and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. He is Chair of the Guitar Department at the L.A. Music Academy as well as Musical Director for multi-platinum recording artist, Josh Groban.
Akoni shared his insights into what the event is all about. “I’m very excited about the David Bowie Tribute/Cancer Benefit. It’s not only an opportunity to help out an incredible organization (Young and The Brave Foundation) but it’s also a chance to illuminate David Bowie’s far reaching influence. All these artists are so musical and so diverse yet all have felt the impact of Bowie’s genius. Not only will his many musical phases be represented, but it’s amazing to see the central coast musical scene so well represented. I’m acting as musical director/ring leader for the event, and I’m super excited. It’s an all-star band featuring Herman Matthews on Drums (Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx, Tower of Power), Randy Tico on Bass (Jeff Bridges, Airto and Flora, Ivan Lins), David Delhomme on Keys (Eric Clapton, Marcus Miller, The Tonight Show), Peter Korpela on Percussion (Josh Groban, Melody Gardot, Robbie Williams) and Jesse Siebenberg on Lap Steel and Guitar (Supertramp, A Fine Frenzy, Crosby Loggins). To see all these people come out and support such an incredible and worthy cause is not only touching, but inspiring. I hope everyone enjoys the show as much as we’re going to enjoy playing.”
One of the other great performers scheduled to appear, Perla Batalla added her thoughts on the event. Perla is a Grammy nominated singer who has toured with Leonard Cohen among many other notable performers. “When Steve and Polly asked that I participate in raising funds for The Young and Brave Foundation I agreed readily. We have all watched as those dear to us have dealt first with the physical challenges after a cancer diagnosis, and then with the devastating financial fallout during and after treatment. Unfortunately this is the current sad reality of healthcare in the U.S. Thank god for groups such as Young and Brave Foundation.
After touring and recording with Leonard Cohen for many years, I had the opportunity in my solo career to work with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, John Cale and Iggy Pop; all whom profoundly influenced, or were influenced by David Bowie. Performing in this tribute brings me back full circle.
Of course, having the opportunity to work with Musical Director Tariqh Akoni is just icing on the cake. I plan on performing an arrangement of Bowie’s 1969 masterpiece, Space Oddity. Plus a surprise selection of Lou’s as
Santa Barbara’s own Glen Phillips, from Toad The Wet Sprocket fame has just been added to the line up.
Tickets are available online https://www.onestowatchproductions.com/