October 11 – Youth Interactive 2nd Annual Benefit Concert
Support Youth Interactive at the 2nd Annual Benefit Concert featuring Michael McDonald and Ambrosia. Five-time Grammy Award-winner and Santa Barbara resident McDonald began his career singing back-up vocals with Steely Dan and was a member of The Doobie Brothers. His first solo album, If That’s What It Takes, released in 1982, featured the hit “I Gotta Try.” In 2008, McDonald released his SoulSpeak album and began touring with Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs, known as The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue.
This year, McDonald appeared on American Idol and is touring the country. Like McDonald, Ambrosia created a new invigorating style of music in 1970. The four young musicians from Los Angeles—Joseph Puerta, Christopher North, David Pack and Burleigh Drummond—explored blues, R&B, classical and progressive influences to find their unique sound that was defined as “ambrosia.” The band, nominated for five Grammys, has had five hit singles, heavy FM airplay, and the admiration and respect of the musical community. All proceeds from the benefit concert support Youth Interactive, an after-school program for local underserved youths, who lead entrepreneurial businesses. Students get the educational support needed to graduate from high school and develop the life skills needed to lead a productive life. | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. 805/963-0761, lobero.com.