Jukebox the Ghost
, a three piece pop band, have been writing and touring for over a decade. Referring to themselves as "the tortoise in the race," they've been evolving as a band steadily for years, reaching an apex with their self-titled album released last year. Recently, the band released an EP called Thump Sessions
consisting of six acoustic covers of songs from their past albums, capturing a mellower side of their springy pop-rock.
Last week, Jukebox the Ghost graced the World Cafe Live stage for Halloqueen, their annual Queen tribute concert where costumes are encouraged. They played a full set of their own music while making quips about being the openers for the main act (themselves as Queen).
After a quick costume contest (the winners were a trio dressed as the band's parents and a Samsung Galaxy S7 Note with a flaming headpiece), the Jukebox the Ghost trio came back to the stage in full costume as Freddie Mercury (complete with a yellow tracksuit and mustache), Brian May, and Roger Taylor. They played an impressive second set of fourteen Queen songs, including "Don't Stop Me Now," "Bicycle Race," and "Fat Bottomed Girls." It's exhausting enough to sing one Queen song, but to perform a whole set of Queen songs PLUS your own
set of songs? Now that's impressive. The night captured the spirit of both Halloween and Queen quite well, and in the crowd the mixture of teens, adults, and zombies (plus a Christmas tree, Maz Kanata, and Beetlejuice) danced and sang along to both sets with sustained vigor.
Also check out our 2014 Bands + Brews session with the band: