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Concert and Poker Party to benefit Malibu nonprofit

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12:11 pm PDT May 12, 2017

Topa Mountain Winery is hosting Malibu-based nonprofit Safety Harbor Kids’ Concert and Poker Party from 6-11 p.m. on Friday, May 19.

The event will feature a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament and a concert by world renowned guitar duo and local residents, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett. Held to benefit disadvantaged youth in our area, the festivities will include poker, music and dancing, wine tasting and games.

Prizes include a weekend with a Tesla provided by Tesla Motors of Santa Barbara, a hotel stay, rounds of golf, horse back lessons, dining experiences, massages, wine tasting and much more. 

Adjacent to the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Topa Mountain Winery is located in Ojai off the 33 Highway and is owned and operated by proprietor, Lauro Guerrero. The winery offers sprawling views of the surrounding mountains and guests can enjoy bocce ball in the large outdoor area which includes a stage area for performances, parties or weddings. Other businesses supporting the event include Charles & Company Tea, Bamboo Creek Spa, AJ’s Chinese Express, LongShot Mobile Expresso Bar, Hint Water, Lori’s Lemonade, Deer Lodge, Garnet Security, Geoffreys Malibu, Inn of the Seventh Ray and Aces and Eights providing gaming services for the event.  

Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, of Little Feat, tour the world performing their longtime popular songs including Little Feat favorite, “Dixie Chicken.” Barrere is co-founder of the ’60s rock band Little Feat with Lowell George. Considered “musicians’ musicians” Little Feat’s music has been popular among many and was recently featured in HBO’s “Roadies.”  

Tackett has played on multiple gold and platinum rock classics with artists including the Allman Brothers, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Vince Gill, Bonnie Raitt, Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr and Jimmy Webb. Barrere and Tackett will perform at 8 p.m.

Safety Harbor Kids was also the beneficiary of the Ventura County Blues Society’s 12th Annual Blues Festival featuring the Grammy Award winning Phantom Blues Band. The April 30 event, put on by Founder Michael John’s, included blues performers Debbie Davies, R.J. Mischo, Crooked Eye Tommy, Chris Cain, Jim Guston & Truth Jones, and Michael John and The Bottom Line Featuring Mikey Mo.

Master of Ceremonies, Kelly Zirbes, provided stories and insights about great blues performers.

“Michael John’s has tirelessly supported blues music and our community for many years and we are honored to have the Ventura County Blues Society support education programs for disadvantaged children through Safety Harbor Kids,” Safety Harbor Kids President Petrie Alexandra Williams said.

Safety Harbor Kids is a 501c3 nonprofit with the mission to enrich the lives of orphans, foster and homeless children through education in the areas of College, Career, Music and the Arts. The charity has been serving teen foster children in the greater Los Angeles area since 2007. 

Early bird VIP tickets are available now. 

Visit www.safetyharborkids.org for more information.