A stuffed, multicolored horse was tossed into the crowd and described as “a horse that loves to crowdsurf, but only for three and a half minutes” (and it did in fact do just that). That scene describes this night, and a Jukebox the Ghost show, nicely. Jukebox the Ghost brought their energy to Portland for a fun and engaging show.
Self proclaimed “piano pop wizards,” Jukebox the Ghost are professionals as they’ve been a group since 2003 (prior to a name change) and know how to liven a crowd. With the help from the high energy opener The Greeting Committee, Portland was treated to an unforgettable night. Their latest release, Off to The Races, marks the fifth studio record from the band since their debut in 2008. During the show, frontman Ben Thornewill even acknowledged the age of the band and how he wrote a song about it before playing “Time And I.” Off To the Races is their most vibrant and colorful album the group has put out, and perhaps the album they’ve always been wanting to make. With this album Jukebox the Ghost took musical risks and experimented with vocal stacking, and blending the genres of modern pop, classic rock, and retro vocals. The group is completely transparent in acknowledging they drew influence from The Beach Boys and Queen. The outcome of it all is a masterpiece, and Off To the Races could be their best work yet.
Due to it being the tour celebrating it’s release, Jukebox the Ghost’s setlist leans more toward Off To the Races‘ tracks. However, the nearly 20 song setlist still blended the five albums as best they could, and features fan favorite tracks such as “Girl”, “Victoria”, “Stay the Night” and “Hold it In.”
Find more dates for Jukebox the Ghost on their website.
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