In talking with Jackson Gilles earlier this year, we thought about what we have to be thankful for, even in these challenging times for so many of our friends and families. He said, “It’s really about finding bittersweet gratitude, isn’t it?”. Indeed, that was the sentiment that gave us the idea to have this consent.
Our talks after each performance focused on the challenges of 2020. We heard from artists who usually perform in front of live audiences, in person. How have they remained creative during these unusual times? Where have they pivoted? What surprised them the most this year? These candid conversations gave us insight into what it’s been like for them during this very odd year.
Listen to the full concert below and the individual conversations with Kenny Loggins, Hana Aluna, Jackson Gillies, Zach Gil, Glen Phillips, and John Revelator & Holy Renaissance.
Special thanks to Mike and Jacob at Oniracom, Jackson Gillies, Nicole Wald, and Tracy Wyle for helping to make this concert happen.
Artist Performances and Conversations
Over the last four decades, Santa Barbara resident Kenny Loggins has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards. His songs have left his musical imprint on “the soundtrack of our lives,” with chart-topping hits including “This Is It,” “I’m Alright,” “Footloose," “Danger Zone,” and so many more. In addition to his string of successful recordings, both solo and as a member of the famed duo Loggins & Messina, Loggins became the first major rock star to dedicate himself to recording music for children and families. His album Return to Pooh Corner remains the best-selling children’s album of the last 20 years. Kenny was a recent recipient of the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award and the Guild of Music Supervisor’s first-ever Icon Award for his outstanding achievements in film, television, and soundtracks.
Starting with a single donation of toys as the spokesperson for Santa Barbara’s Toys for Tots program in 1987, Kenny is recognized as a Unity Shoppe Shining Star for his work in shaping the organization’s mission. Kenny regularly lends his musical talent and generous heart to support youth-based programs like Make a Wish, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, and Little Kids Rock. In 2016, Kenny was honored with a Humanitarian of the Year Award from Little Kids Rock for his extensive commitment to children’s causes and his core belief that “Every child should experience the healing power of music.”