Lights beamed across the sky, drawing attention to the Kids Helping Kids benefit concert at the Granada Theatre Saturday, January 14. Doors opened at 7:15 p.m., and more than 1,500 fans filed in, eager to see the multiplatinum singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw.
Internationally acclaimed band Parachute opened the evening, playing a lineup that included “She Is Love,” “Can’t Help,” and “Kiss Me Slowly.” Next up was headliner DeGraw, who kicked off his set with his hit song “Chariot,” which elicited loud approval from the audience. DeGraw’s performance was lively, joyous, and satisfying and brought people to their feet, singing and dancing to the beat.
Twice during the evening, members of Kids Helping Kids collected donations from the audience; envelopes of money were being waved in the air from every inch of the theater in support of the organization. Kids Helping Kids is composed of students in the advanced-placement economics classes at San Marcos High School. They raise money through fundraisers and galas to support kids locally and globally.