Jukebox the Ghost at the Great American Music Hall, by Ria Burman
Jukebox The Ghost (photo: Ria Burman)

Photos and words by Ria Burman

The feel-good, go-get-’em, piano-poignant Jukebox The Ghost headlined the Great American Music Hall on Thursday, February 10, 2016, with earthquake-shaking support from San Francisco’s own The Family Crest.

The show opened with almighty vocals from Liam McCormick of The Family Crest. I’m talking endurance-driven, obstacle-overcoming, climb-struggling and release-atop-a-mountain kind of high-note hit-wailing, setting the scene for some downright empowering music.

Jukebox followed with a college-kid crowd, jam-packed at the front all ready to sing, sway, and dance to the highly contagious, catchy, melodic, sweet beats delivered with gusto.

Midway through the show, a Spin the Wheel segment was enjoyed, offering songs unusually played. The wheel stopped on “Black Hole,” a song less cheesy-awesome or gently great than most. “Black Hole” was performed in its entirety, unlike the cut version used for the Netflix cartoon The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show (Season 1, episode 6).

Later, Jukebox covered “Under Pressure” with a spot-on impersonation of Bowie by Tommy Siegel. They finished with a double whammy of an encore with Queen’s “Bicycle Race” and “Long Way Home.”

Jukebox the Ghost will take you on an emotional ride of motivational mayhem, teenage to thirty ansgt-driven power ballads and gentle instrumentals.

If you’re new to Jukebox, check out “The Great Unknown” from their new self~titled album and “Hold It In” from Let Live and Let Ghosts for a bounce-skip~step to your day.