Second Annual Seymour Duncan Benefit Concert

Los Lobos and Guitar Wizard Joe Bonamassa Hit Lobero Stage To Raise Money for Music Education

For the second year in a row, guitar technology pioneer Seymour Duncan threw a live concert to support Notes for Notes, the nonprofit organization that builds recording studios for kids and offers free musical instruction in Santa Barbara, CA and Nashville, TN. Following the resounding success of last year’s Steve Miller Band showcase, the 2nd Annual Seymour Duncan Benefit Concert — which rocked Santa Barbara’s historic Lobero Theatre on August 30 — featured California’s favorite rockers Los Lobos along with special guest Joe Bonamassa, the internationally respected guitar wizard and longtime Seymour Duncan fanatic.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing the Notes for Notes kids jam on stage with legends like Los Lobos and Joe Bonamassa,” said Seymour Duncan before the event, who has crafted the world’s most coveted guitar pickups out of his Santa Barbara County workshops for the past 36 years. “That’ll be an experience they remember for the rest of their lives.”

Notes for Notes founder and executive director Philip Gilley is thrilled that Seymour Duncan is again using his industry clout to benefit musical education for kids in Santa Barbara and Nashville. “We are so honored, again, to be able to put on this show with Seymour Duncan with such amazing artists that make a point of giving back just as much as they rock the stadiums,” said Gilley, who started Notes for Notes in Santa Barbara in 2006, expanded to Nashville in 2011, and is eyeing Detroit next. “It never ceases to amaze me the generosity of the Santa Barbara community and the music industry at large for their dedication to making sure the next generation has the resources to rock and explore their own musical paths.”

In addition to the Los Lobos and Joe Bonamassa concert, which is being presented by the New Noise Music Foundation, there was a silent auction of signed guitars and other rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, a VIP reception before and after the show, and a showcase of Notes for Notes musicians, which was one of the most applauded portions of last year’s event. Additional sponsors this year include Musicians Institute, Montecito Bank & Trust,,, PulseOne, Venoco, and The Santa Barbara Independent.

“Being an engaged member of a vibrant community like Santa Barbara entails that we give back,” said Cathy Carter Duncan, the co-founder and CEO of Seymour Duncan. “Our concert series is our way of supporting the community that has been our home for the last 36 years.” Added a very excited Gilley before the show, himself a guitar player, “You are in for a musical experience like no other! Los Lobos and Joe Bonamassa will cause you to redefine how you perceive the guitar!”

Seymour Duncan added on its blog after the concert that “this was a really great event. We raised over $60K, topping the take from last year’s event — featuring the Steve Miller Band — by $10K, and 100% of it goes to the after-school music program. I’m really glad Joe was able to participate. And he blew the room away!”

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