Concert to Help Out Disaster Victims Who Lack Insurance 

Popular South Coast dance band Area 51 will close an eight-hour benefit concert featuring more top Central Coast bands from 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, also featuring the Tearaways, Teresa Russell, Rick Reeves, Tantamount and some special guests.   

General admission tickets are $25Tickets 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 or at Jensen’s Music, 2830 De la Vina St.

 “We are still looking for silent auction donations and a photographer,” Singelman said.   

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.  

The fire was contained more than a month after it started. Rain helped firefighters, but brought deadly mudslides that killed up to 23 children, men and women.

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