TVD Ticket Giveaway: Jukebox the Ghost at the 9:30 Club, 3/16

“I want this record to be the first in a line of records that I say ‘I’m really proud of everything we did.’”—Tommy Siegal.

They’re baaaack. Jukebox the Ghost is returning to the 9:30 Club as they tour their third album Safe Travels. And the band, which includes Ben Thornewill (piano, vocals), Tommy Siegal (guitar, vocals), and Jesse Kristin (drums), certainly has traveled quite a bit. The Brooklyn-based group, which met in Washington, DC, at the George Washington University, moved from New York to Philadelphia after the release of their second album in 2010.  Prior to its release, they toured and traveled across Europe.

Their traveling continued in 2011 and 2012 as they opened for Barenaked Ladies and Jack’s Mannequin, respectively. We’ve got your opportunity to accompany them as their trip continues with a chance to see them live this weekend!

The production of this album differs from their previous two thanks to the band’s collaboration with a new producer, Dan Romer, who is well-known for his work with artists like Ingrid Michaelson and Jenny Owens Young. Unlike previous producers, Romer understood Jukebox’s directional aspirations, and so the band was given the opportunity to create an album that truly embodied their creative focus. The result is a mix of genres and styles in their songs, from the gospel ballad “The Spiritual” to the high-energy pop of “Oh Emily.” It’s a combination that accurately reflects their progression from where they started while hinting to what Jukebox the Ghost has yet to become.

Artist Matt Pond, formerly known as Matt Pond-PA, is opening with his newly released solo album The Lives, along with The Spring Standards, who are touring their double-EP yellow//gold. Each are traveling through their own transformations: Pond, with his partnership with a new label, and The Spring Standards, with their exploration of their musical identity through their contrasting double album. On a literal level, these Pennsylvania-grown bands have traveled a lot too, and both are now located in New York, an interesting juxtaposition with Jukebox the Ghost’s own experiences.

The first concert I went to in DC after traveling from California was Jukebox the Ghost, so to commemorate that event, all you have to do for your chance to win to see these guys live is name the first artist you ever saw in concert and the best song they played that night in the comments below.

The winner will be chosen at noon on Thursday, March 14. If you don’t win, make sure to grab your tickets to see them on March 16!

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  • joshuapollina

    My dad took me to Garth Brooks in Omaha, Nebraska for my first concert ever when I was about 12. The best song of the night was “Friends in Low Places”. Lots of costume changes and a rotating stage. Pretty awesome first show.

  • SideShow

    First concert I ever went to was Pearl Jam and all I can remember singing at the top of my lungs was Jeremy.

  • Jen

    My first concert was Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn. Best song was their duet “If You See Him, If You See Her.”

  • Jeff

    My awesome sister took me to see Heart with John Parr opening at the Patriot Center back in 84. I was just 10 at the time and since I was learning snare in school, I was blown away of the sound of live and loud music especially the drums. Hearing a kick and snare micd up in an arena just blew me away. I knew that I wanted to become a rock drummer and play a kit. Favorite song from Heart was Barracuda and Never. Thanks sis!

  • Emanuella

    I am from a small town in Brazil and I didn’t have a chance to see any real concert until I move to DC 6 years ago, when I was 27. My first concert was The Cure in VA. The best show from start to finish. What an amazing experience. I remember that I cried when they started  Boys Don’t Cry. This song remains close to my heart because it reminds me my hometown.

  • Anita

    The Dangerous Summer; The Permanent Rain.

  • tonzz

    my first concert was james blake, the most memorable song was ‘i never learned to share’

  • Alex

    My first concert was KC and the Sunshine Band.  I wasn’t very old, but I still remember the girls dancing to “Shake Shake Shake”.

  • elizatelg

    N’Sync… Just got paid! 



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