California Saga Benefit

California Saga at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA

California Saga, a benefit concert that helps aid homelessness, took over the Ace Hotel on July 3 for its second concert. This year, the concert had a vast array of legends including the Beach Boys, Al Jardine and David Marks, David Crosby, Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) formerly of the band known at Spinal Tap, Heartbreakers drummer, Steve Ferrone, Albert Lee and The Honeys. The event also included a silent auction including items signed by the Blues Brothers, Led Zeppelin and a number of gift baskets and experiences.

The theme of the show was "California Living." This theme was carried into the music played with songs from California artists like Crosby Stills and Nash, The Doors, and the Beach Boys. The show opened up with Judith Owen who served as one of the evening's hosts, performing her song “Somebody’s Child,” which revolves around homelessness. The three-hour show included a total of 30 songs with a poem by songwriter, Stephen Kalich who was accompanied by Wings’ Laurence Juber. The show came to an end with various performers coming together to perform “Get Together,” by the Young Bloods.