RECAP: Ghost Light at The Warehouse FTC in Fairfield, CT
(Photos/Writer: Zak Radick)
Buzz-worthy psychedelic improv rockers Ghost Light kicked off their 2020 winter tour over the weekend, playing three hot shows in Harrisburg, Brooklyn and Fairfield, Connecticut. With no shortage of other high profile “jam bands” concurrently making stops around the north east, fans looking for some great live music certainly had plenty to choose from. Perhaps one of rock’s best kept secrets remains the latest project from guitarist Tom Hamilton, Ghost Light, and fans who braved the snow and took the plunge to see one of these opening shows were handsomely rewarded.
With momentum still growing behind last year’s debut Ghost Light album, also called ‘Best Kept Secrets,’ the formidable group certainly boasts an impressive pedigree. Along for the ride with Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, American Babies), is guitarist Raina Mullen (American Babies), bassist Steve Lyons (Nicos Gun), and drummer Scotty Zwang (Dopapod/RAQ). While much of their live sets consist of original music, long intricate sublime jamming, and segue after segue, it’s the choice selection of covers songs that really seem to put them over the top. This weekend alone, Ghost Light worked in tunes by Radiohead, Bob Dylan, the Shins and the Rolling Stones, just to name a few.
Up next for Ghost Light, they join up with their friends in Greensky Bluegrass for support in Ithaca, NY, the first of several dates that will see the killer combo hit cities such as Portland, ME, Boston, MA, Burlington, VT and Albany, NY. If you are anywhere near these areas, it is highly recommended you get in one of musics best kept secrets while you still can.
Set 1: Don’t Come Apart > There, There > Don’t Come Apart > Keep Your Hands to Yourself > I Dare You *> Don’t Come Apart
Set 2: 100 Years Ago > Old Time Religion > Hands > Bring It In Close, Tangled Up In Blue > Old Time Religion > Leave the Light On, Oh Darling, My Darling, Tangled Up in Blue
*with Oh Darling, My Darling tease