Jan. 28 Concert to Aid Thomas Fire Victims with No Insurance 

Thomas fire hits Bella Vista Drive in Montecito. Photo by Mike Eliason

An eight-hour benefit concert featuring top Central Coast bands is planned for 3 to 11 p.m. Jan. 28 at SOhO nightclub, 1221 State St., to raise funds for Thomas fire Tri-County victims without insurance to cover their losses.  

Ace Pro Music’s Nancy Singelman is presenting the “So Cal Strong” concert, featuring the Tearaways, Teresa Russell, Rick Reeves, Tantamount and some special guests.  

General admission tickets are $25. Tickets for dinner and the show are $75; $100 to $200 will pay for platinum tickets, which include dinner show and first bid on silent auction items. Tickets can be purchased at SOHOSB.com or at SoCalStrongConcert.com  

The 282,000-acre Thomas fire started Dec. 4 in Ventura County where it destroyed some 1,000 structures in Santa Paula and Ojai and spread into Carpinteria and Montecito where it burned even more homes. 

It is considered the worst wildfire in state history. 

As of Jan. 7, when the fire was supposed to be doused, it was still burning in a wilderness area away from populated areas. It was contained a few day later. Rain helped firefighters, but brought devastating mudslides that killed at least 19 people as of Jan 13. 

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