Jackson Gillies / Left Hand Lions / The Dithers

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Jackson Gillies / Left Hand Lions / The Dithers

Tue 7.17.18

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

The Dithers - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Jackson Gillies
Jackson Gillies
Jackson Gillies is a 19-year-old student at Santa Barbara City College whose life took a major turn when he won Santa Barbara’s Teen Star in 2016. Since then he has performed at the Concert to End Gun Violence Across America with Kenny Loggins, opened for Jim Messina at the William Sansum Diabetes Center fundraiser at The Lobero Theatre, and played J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying with the Santa Barbara Youth Ensemble Theatre, directed by Janet Adderly. Most recently he played with Kenny Loggins, Ruby Stewart and The Sisterhood, and sang with Janet Adderly students with David Foster at the One805 #KickAshBash for first responders

After the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslide in 2018, Jackson performed and was musical director and co-producer of Teens Sing for Santa Barbara, which raised over $65,000 for Unity Shoppe’s Montecito and Santa Barbara Disaster Survivors’ Fund. Kenny Loggins and his band, along with Bill Champlain and a group of talented teens, including mudslide survivor Lauren Cantin, performed. A Teens Sing for SB Unity Shoppe Telethon featuring the Teens Sing Concert and some new musical numbers with Kenny Loggins will be aired on KEYT TV on Dec. 8, 2018.

Jackson has been a spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, for whom he made national TV public service ads with Mary Tyler Moore and a DVD titled “Almost Bionic” about the Artificial Pancreas Project. A Type 1 diabetic since age 3, he came full circle last year, becoming one of 250 Type 1s taking part in the international Closed Loop Artificial Pancreas Trial at William Sansum Diabetes Research Center in Santa Barbara.

Four years ago Jackson developed the first sign of another disease. After more than a few misdiagnoses, his condition was finally pegged as Hidradenitis Suppurativa, believed to be an auto inflammatory disease that causes painful skin abscesses. HS afflicts as many as four percent of the population (potentially 230 million people), yet is rarely discussed or studied. HS is an orphan disease meaning little research or funding is available. The painful abscesses can take months or years to heal. Jackson has found some relief through diet.

Despite the challenges he faces, and after five surgeries, Jackson conceived, produced, and starred in the “Something That Matters Concert” to raise awareness about Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Kenny Loggins, Tariqh Akoni, Fausto Cuevas, Lanesha Latimer, Randy Tico, Tom Lackner and George Friedenthal joined in to help He was the first performer to step into the light about the disease. Jackson recently presented a TEDx talk entitled “Bringing HS Out of the Darknness” which has been viewed 60,000 times to date. Jackson is constantly fielding questions and connecting with HS sufferers who hid for years and, for some, decades.

Most recently Jackson was invited to be featured in a book titled The Santa Barbara Project by Nathaniel Gray. He is extremely grateful to his mentors in SB and for those honors like Teen Sing, The Profant Foundation Award, and The Santa Barbara Project. Check out his website at Jacksonsings.com

On March 3rd you can watch his audition for season 2 of American Idol!! Tune in to see if he gets the Golden Ticket to Hollywood!
Left Hand Lions
Rising Americana singer-songwriter Thomas Hopkins grabs his audience with raw passion, grit, and a familiar tenderness. With his left-handed 12-string guitar and a kick drum, he writes songs that captivate with thought-provoking lyrics and toe-tapping beats.

Based in Santa Barbara, CA, Thomas is the founder and frontman of the band, Left Hand Lions, which tours around California spreading their Wild Americana sound—a raw blend of wire, wood, smoke, and sparks.

His stylings are reminiscent of bands including Mumford & Sons, the Dave Matthews Band, and the John Butler Trio.

Thomas released his demo “Leo De Terra” at the beginning of 2017, from which “Tempered Years” has been featured in Folk and Americana music blogs and on ReverbNation. He will be releasing a full album in early January 2018.

Off the stage, he spends his time doing high-risk, non-lucrative things like writing/performing songs, training for the 2020 Olympics in the Decathlon, and working at a local startup called Brazyn Life--check us out on Shark Tank...

He also loves dogs, whiskey, and fire—he’s your kind of guy.
Venue Information:
SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
1221 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101