Jeff Miller and Jackson Cocciolone

Brilliant and versatile, Jackson Cocciolone (right) swept both the Teen Star judges and audience onto their feet for the first time in the event’s seven years. Amazingly, the San Marcos junior’s renditions of Elmore James’s “The Sky Is Crying” and Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” weren’t the only win for his family Saturday night. The Indy‘s own Jeff Miller, Jackson’s stepfather, won a random drawing to step onstage for a Quick Pick 30-second a cappella contest. Jeff, who writes our Out West and House Hunter columns, busted out “The Santa Barbara Blues,” a lament about the pain of writing blues songs while living in paradise. He killed it. And won.


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