World-renowned songwriter Jack Johnson will return to his alma mater – our very own UCSB – on August 27 for an exclusive performance at Harder Stadium.
Tickets to see the former Gaucho are currently available to students with a valid UCSB student I.D. at the Arts & Lectures ticket office for the discounted price of $29.50. General Admission tickets are priced at $39.50 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, including the Arlington Theatre Box Office.
Hosted by Arts & Lectures in conjunction with the UCSB Alumni Association, Johnson will play alongside special guests Rogue Wave and Culver City Dub Collective, featuring Paula Fuga in the first leg of her four-part Southern California tour.
Garrett Goto, a second-year hydrology major, said he is impressed by Johnson’s loyalty to his roots.
“I think it’s great that he feels the SB community is worth coming back to,” Goto said. “He could obviously play much bigger and more prestigious venues, but he’s a chiller, so he comes back to SB and plays for us – that’s love.”
A Hawaii native and former professional surfer, Johnson graduated from the UCSB’s Dept. of Film & Media with the class of 1997. While at UCSB, Johnson began writing the acoustic songs – like his track “Bubble Toes,” which makes reference to the De La Guerra Dining Commons – that would bring him fame.
After leaving UCSB, Johnson made his presence known on the music scene in 2001, when he released his first album, Brushfire Fairytales, which highlights his signature mix of relaxed guitar music and soothing lyrics.
In 2000, he also directed the award-winning surfing documentary “Thicker Than Water” with his film school friend Chris Malloy. The movie, which shows surfing footage from around the world, features many of Johnson’s own songs.
Since the release of Brushfire Fairytales, Johnson has released three more albums to wide acclaim – On and On in 2003, In Between Dreams in 2005 and, most recently, Sleep Through the Static in February.