- Get ready for fun — Ben Thornewill, Tommy Siegel and Jesse Kristin, known collectively as Jukebox the Ghost, are your Shipyard 2019 co-headliners. The friends from college now based in Brooklyn have played together for more than a decade, bringing their upbeat piano-synth-guitar-drum sounds to lyrics about love and growing older that somehow manage to be a way you’ve never heard it before (but felt all along).
JTG DOES CG.
- They have played at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, on “The Late Night Show with David Letterman” and “Conan,” and headlined their own tours. Their latest album, “Off to the Races,” includes many songs reminiscent of Queen’s harmonies. It’s just a sample of what we promise: these guys are the funnest band you’ll see all year. And, bonus — guitarist Tommy Siegel is a cartoonist (@tommysiegel).
- If you just want to feel light and be told the truth, this band is for you. If you’ve ever wanted to dance, this band is for you. If you’ve ever looked at your playlists on a sunny day after the best thing that’s ever happened to you just happened to you and wondered how you never noticed you only have sad music, add these guys to your playlist now. They are goofy in the best possible way and remind us “the time you have is all the time you’ve got.” Go ahead, cheese out.
5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JTG
- The band members met at George Washington University in 2003.
- It’s been 11 years since Jukebox played in Cape Girardeau. That means it was 2008, the bandmates were seniors in college, and they were recording their first album, “Let Live & Let Ghosts.”
- Each year on Halloween, the band does a special HalloQueen show in which they play the first set as Jukebox the Ghost, then take a break and play the second half of the show as Queen.
- The band has played nearly 1,000 shows together.
- In the music video “Everybody’s Lonely,” frontman Ben Thornewill plays a tiny, Schroeder-like piano. You should watch it.