Best known for her “soulful delivery full of texture and grit,” Lacy J. Dalton is considered a mainstay of country music, and has performed with the likes of Hank Williams, Jr., Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Charlie Daniels.
Dalton also loves supporting causes that help animals, and is currently gearing up to perform during a fundraiser for the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Majestic Ventura Theater.
“We will be performing some of the old favorites, along with some newer material,” said Dalton, whose hit records include “Takin’ It Easy” and “16th Avenue.”
“At the end of the show, I will preview the material from my soon-to-be released EP, Scarecrow, accompanied by Dale Poune, the producer of the EP, Ira Ingber, and jackiO,” added Dalton, who lives in the mountains above Reno, Nevada.
The local show, which will also feature a silent auction, will be hosted by English actor and Ojai resident Malcolm McDowell, (A Clockwork Orange, Cat People, Mozart in the Jungle). Tickets, which range from $45 to $130, can be purchased online at www.venturatheater.net.
Dalton noted that her friend, Jean-Marie Webster, was instrumental in founding SPARC.
“The work they do is phenomenal. . . . It has created a paradigm for shelters, really, worldwide, with a philosophy of no-kill no-excuses, community outreach, and the philosophy that every animal deserves a chance,” Dalton said. Webster describes SPARC as an “open admission” animal shelter that’s committed to no-kill.
SPARC gives every arriving animal a second chance at life, and is actively rehabilitating and re-homing animals, while at the same time partnering with the community to provide resources and educate on the importance of spaying and neutering. The biggest expenses at SPARC are medical, and include fractured hips, broken bones, distemper, cancer, heart issues and upper respiratory in kittens. Webster hopes to sell 1,500 tickets at $45 each, and all the money raised will go towards SPARC’s medical expenses.
“It’s time we realize that animals are not disposable and that every animal, no matter the breed, deserves a chance,” Webster said. “The shy ones, the aggressive ones, the sick ones, the old and discarded ones . . . all are important.”
The benefit concert for SPARC will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. at the Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. For tickets and more information, call 805-653-0721 or visit www.venturatheater.net. For more information on SPARC, call 805-525-8609 or visit www.santapaulaarc.org.