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Ghost Light Electrifies and Amplifies the Crowds at Ogden Theater for Special Leap Day Performance

Ghost Light Electrifies and Amplifies the Crowds at Ogden Theater for Special Leap Day Performance

Lindsay Rebecca Moyer

March 7th, 2020

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This past Saturday the Colorado jam scene was blessed with an intimate night of Ghost Light at the Ogden Theatre. Ghost Light from Philadelphia, headlined the evening as Denver locals, Envy Alo, provided the opening support.

Ghost Light is a relatively new name within the jam scene, having only formed back in 2017. Regardless of the band’s young age, the experience each band member brings to the group makes up for lack of time as a single group. Their first album Best Kept Secret was released last year in 2019.

This is a supergroup of talented artists packed into this 5-piece outfit. Members include Tom Hamilton and Raina Mullen on guitars and vocals, Holly Bowling on the keys, Dan Africano on the bass and Scotty Zwang on the drums.  The band recorded their debut album in a studio in Philadelphia even before they ever played a live show together.

Tom Hamilton is known for his key role in Brother’s Past and American Babies, which were both his musical brainchild. He’s also a member of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and has played in Phil Lesh & Friends.  Meanwhile, the group’s ultra-talented keyboardist Holly Bowling is well-loved within the jam community for her classical piano renditions of songs by Phish and the Grateful Dead. Her career took off after her release of “Tahoe Tweezer” in October of 2014.  She received over 95,000 views on Youtube for this release.

The band is known for their improvisational live shows. They’ve made previous appearances in 2019 in Colorado at the Dillon Amphitheater in early July and again as openers for Greensky Bluegrass in November at the Mission Ballroom.

For Saturday’s performance, Hamilton and Mullen wasted no time getting groovy with their heavy guitar slays. Throughout the evening, the musicians took the crowd on a psychedelic journey of hypnotic proportions. The setlist also included a cover of Tame Impala’s ‘The Less I Know The Better”.

Ghost Light floored the crowd with its second set which seemed like a neverending jam.  Songs performed included “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” and “Diamond Eyes”.

Photos By Lindsay Rebecca Moyer

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On March 18th and 19th, Ghost Light will be opening support for Greensky Bluegrass in St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They will finish out March with stops in North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

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