Katy Perry has all the buzz in the entertainment world at the moment thanks to her role as one of the judges on the “American Idol” reboot season, which returned earlier this week. The pop singer is now looking beyond the scope of the television cameras and is giving back to her hometown with a planned benefit concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl this spring. On Tuesday, Perry announced her upcoming “Witness: Coming Home” benefit show, which will take place at the 4,500 capacity outdoor amphitheater in Santa Barbara, Calif. On May 19.
According to the announcement post shared to Perry’s social media outlets, the concert will look to raise money and general gratitude to “the community, our neighbors [and] our heroes” who were impacted by the recent southern California wildfires and mudslides. The short promo video seen below also mentions the Santa Barbara Foundation, the 93108 Fund and The 805 UndocuFund, which all help in assisting members of the community in the Santa Barbara area through grants and various philanthropic efforts. Tickets for the one-night event will be available to locals-only, in-person at the Santa Barbara Bowl box office starting on March 15 at 11 a.m. The general on sale for non-locals will begin later in the evening at 7 p.m. local time through AXS.com.
Perry is the latest major artist who is using their platform and ability to entertain to help the thousands who were affected by both the wildfires and mudslides that struck the Southern California community last year. Jack Johnson also announced a benefit concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl; that sold out concert will take place this weekend on Sunday, March 18.
Perry’s North American tour in support of Witness came to a close just last month with a final show at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The popular “California Gurl” has lived in the Los Angeles area since the early 2000s and has presumably spent plenty of time at her west coast home when not performing around the world.
For more information on the upcoming benefit show, fans and interested attendees can visit the event’s page on the venue’s website.