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Malibu’s music greats gather to help at-risk youth

Musicians Fred Tackett (left) and Paul Barrere play on stage at the concert.
Musicians Albert Lee (left) and Peter Asher perform together on April 18 at Malibu -based nonprofit Safety Harbor Kids’ benefit concert at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Photos by Jungle Jim
Inara George smiles on stage at the Safety Harbor Kids benefit concert.
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5:27 pm PDT May 6, 2015

On April 18, at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, a musical gathering took place, benefitting Malibu nonprofit Safety Harbor Kids, which aids foster and at-risk youth in Los Angeles.  

The evening began with a look at reality through a Safety Harbor Kids video narrated by Malcolm McDowell, depicting the struggles of teen foster children and the reason for the concert. 

The opening of the show brought the harmonies of Inara George — daughter of famed Little Feat founder Lowell George — with humorist and musical genius Van Dyke Parks on keys. Next came Platinum-selling, award-winning, alternative rock band Dishwalla led by Rodney Cravens, Justin Fox and George Pendergast. 

The evening’s crescendo continued when Malibu resident Albert Lee took the stage. Lee performed a set with John Thomas and Will MacGregor on keyboards and bass, respectively. Albert was joined by none other than Malibu local, music legend and Defender of the British Empire guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer Peter Asher, who also emceed the entire show for the charity. 

Headlining the event were longtime supporters of the charity, Fred Tackett and Paul Barrere of Little Feat. With Hani Naser on percussions/oud, the set included “Honest Man” and “Sailin’ Shoes,” with Tackett and Barrere being joined by Little Feat bassist Kenny Gradney and the evening’s performers for the finale, “Dixie Chicken.”

Safety Harbor Kids’ mission is to help educate orphans, foster and homeless children in the areas of college, career, music and the arts. The organizations Expressions in the Arts Program is sponsored by Neiman Marcus and Southern California Edison, among others.

For more information on Safety Harbor Kids, visit go www.SafetyHarborKids.org, or call (800) 277-0497.