Sunday, June 18, 2023

Sylvia's Ghost

Crystal Hotel - Al's Den

6:30 pm doors, 7 pm show

$10 advance, $10 at the doors

21 and over

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About Sylvia's Ghost

Indie Americana, Shoegaze

Sylvia's Ghost

Mixing elements of Alternative, Americana and Shoegaze, Sylvias Ghost has been playing together for over 20 years, through various incarnations and musical ventures in bands such as Floating Pointe, Jesus Presley, Uncle B & Auntie E & J-DOG, Post Impression, The Wayne Gacy Trio, Sweet Juice, and others. Throughout the years they have opened for such national acts as The Daddies, The Revivalists, Pink Martini, Bo Diddley, Everclear, Elliot Smith, Heatmiser, Pond, The Posies, Killing Field, Nero's Rome and hundreds of local acts. They have also performed in more traditional musical organizations like the Portland Opera Co. and Mock's Crest Productions.

Sylvias Ghost, is as shape-shifting as it's phantasmic name suggests, sometimes playing as a acoustic-folksy trio, a four piece guitar heavy band, or a six-piece ensemble complete with strings and other instruments from the past and future. The eclectic nature of Sylvias Ghost music is a component of its parts, drawing on multiple influences that creates a unique sound both familiar yet obscure. The band is comprised of Bill James (vocals and guitar), Jason Mockley (drums, synth), Mike Draper (bass), Ken Westin (guitar), Eve James (vocals and viola) and Sohyun Westin (violin).

"Sylvia's Ghost sacrifice immediacy for artifice, layering dense clouds of sound against vaporous stratospheres of rhythm into a thick, melismatic ether..the Ghosties have developed a hybrid sound comprised of Goth and Techno-Ambient strains as well as Folk and Ethnic elements...They are a rare breed in this neck of the backwoods." - Two Louies Magazine