Brad Paisley Announces Benefit Concert "The 2nd Responders" - Brad Paisley and Friends with Special Guest Ellen DeGeneres - May

Country music superstar Brad Paisley will host a benefit concert to be held on Saturday, May 12 at the Santa Barbara Bowl, in Santa Barbara, CA. The show has been dubbed “The 2nd Responders,” in reference and honor to those who were on the front lines, the first responders, at the recent southern California wildfires and mudslides. Paisley, friends and special guest Ellen DeGeneres will come together to celebrate the resurgence of the Montecito and Santa Barbara area.  Proceeds from the concert will benefit the community and service workers through local organizations. The region was devastated but has miraculously began revitalization and the majority of the businesses are back up and running – ready for visitors.

“Kim and I fell in love with Santa Barbara and the Montecito area on our honeymoon.  It feels like small town America by the sea,” said Paisley. “With this concert I hope to raise awareness, spirits and money for the region that’s recovering from the devastating mudslides and fires. I hope people come out and actually make it an experience with us and visit some of the local shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops.”


A local presale will be Friday, March 23 at 11:00AM – 6:00PM. Tickets may be purchased at the Santa Barbara Bowl box office and is restricted by billing zip codes in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. Proof of residency is required.  Online presale for locals will be Friday, March 23 Noon – 10:00PM. Restricted to same billing codes as above. Order tickets HERE. Public on sale begins Saturday, March 24 at Noon at HERE.

Concert-goers are encouraged to make the week-end a full experience by traveling to Santa Barbara aboard the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner®, explore the shops and restaurants of downtown and stay at a local hotel before heading home on the train the following day. The Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® offers five daily trains from San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and Ventura to Santa Barbara. Passengers will enjoy views of rolling hills, farmland and sun-drenched beaches while enjoying onboard amenities like free Wi-Fi and a Café car. Fans can save with promo code V346 and enjoy a 50 percent discount on up to three additional passengers with the purchase of one full-fare adult train ticket. Visit for train schedules and to purchase tickets.