Ben Thornewill from Jukebox the Ghost talks about local music and radio

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Louisvillian, Ben Thornewill and the Jukebox the Ghost will be performing at Headliner’s Music Hall on Wednesday, February 13th. Growing more fans every day, Jukebox the Ghost is becoming a big deal. They actually hit 40,000 Facebook fans on February 2nd and have gained at least 200 since then. You may have seen them at Lollapalooza, on David Letterman, or opening for Ben Folds. Now is your chance to see them here in Louisville. Opening for them will be Matt Pond and The Lighthouse & The Whaler. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. The show starts at 8 pm with doors opening at 7 pm. Louisville.com is also running a ticket giveaway for your chance to win free tickets to the show. This is an 18 and over show.

Ben Thornewill talks about his upcoming show, touring, and local music and radio.

Blanton: So you will be at Headliners February 13th. Where all have you guys played in Louisville now?

Thornewill: We played Headliners when we did a WFPK holiday show, I guess a year and a half ago. We played at the Vernon Club. We’ve played at the Waterfront for Forecastle, for Waterfront Wednesdays. Those are the larger places. We’ve played a number of places in Louisville. There are also other smaller places.

Blanton: I was at Waterfront Wednesday and it was a really great show. You guys rocked. Is this your first headlining tour?

Thornewill: Oh, oh no we’ve done numerable headlining tours before this. It’s our first headlining tour at Headliners if that counts for something. We’ve been doing 150 shows a year for about 5 years now and that’s alternating headlining and supporting shows. So yeah, yeah were not strangers to a headlining tour. 

Blanton: How is it traveling and sharing the stage with Matt Pond and Lighthouse and the Whaler?

Thornewill: In truth, I don’t know yet. We haven’t begun. The tour starts in a week. I had some, you know, Matt Pond records back when I was in college and Lighthouse and the Whaler is a much newer band. So I’m excited to join both of them. We picked those specifically for the tour to play together for a complete package. I think the concert as a whole is going to be fantastic. We’ve had really good luck in the past, you know. Usually if you get that band that’s like what you like it works out well.

Blanton: I noticed this is a WFPK Presents Performance. They’ve given you guys a lot of love from headlining a Waterfront Wednesday concert, which was great by the way, to generous airplay. Have you heard yourself on WFPK yet?

Thornewill: Yeah, actually I came home. I think it was at Thanksgiving. I got in the car, turned it on, and then our song was playing. Somebody was playing it. I think at first I thought it was the cd player in the car and then it was very much on the radio. It’s a rare occurrence for me.

Photo: courtesy of Jukebox the Ghost Facebook page by Keith Hession

 

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