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Tacoma Narrows and The Sound of Ghosts

Fusing Americana, folk, bluegrass and rock, Tacoma Narrows has been electrifying their growing fanbase in and around New York City.

Headed by frontman singer-songwriter Cheney Munson (guitar/vocals) and Jonah Chilton (mandolin/vocals), the folk-rock/Americana ensemble released their debut album, Good Mourning, in 2015 and their second album, The Currents We Are In, in 2017. While Munson sites more traditional legends such as John Prine, Johnny Cash and Paul Simon as influences, the band’s explosive mix of acoustic and electric energy is an inspiring DIY offshoot of the folk-rock resurgence going on in mainstream pop in the 2010s.

Often compared to The Avett Brothers, The Decemberists, and Trampled by Turtles, Tacoma Narrows have settled into a sound that straddles folk and rock, trad and pop, all infused with lyrics that tell a story, melodies that stick in your head, and a beat that makes you want to tap your feet and dance.

"Tacoma Narrows, a NYC-based band, taps into traditional folk and old-time country music, infusing the admixture with a pop-rocking dose of big city adrenaline. They've been around the block. The music is tight but flexible, wistful but wired. My toes are totally tappin' to it. This remarkable first offering sets the bar encouragingly high. The making of this album was an odyssey from which emerged a band of truly professional recording artists as well as live performers, Tacoma Narrows with Good Mourning have a runaway hit." - Gary Peterson - Gary Peterson, Music Review

The Sound of Ghosts is an Americana roots musical collective hailing from Los Angeles, California. The four-piece collective of accomplished musicians have crafted a musical experience unlike any other with their unique arrangements and vast variety of influences. A culmination of traditional front porch Americana, folk-laden melodies and vintage rock & roll, The Sound of Ghosts have succeeded in bringing their own edge to this timeless genre of music.

The group is comprised of James Orbison (vocals, bass), Anna Orbison (vocals, ukulele, percussion), Ernesto Rivas (guitars), and Jon Sarna (drums, percussion). United, they have pushed the boundaries of typical Americana and created an ever-evolving sound demonstrating the diversity of each of their own different musical backgrounds.

Included in this are elements of classic rock, musical theatre, country and everything in between. Rivas explains “everyone's different perspective is an essential part to the diverse sound we create.”

The Sound of Ghosts formed in memory of the band’s friend Dave Lamb, who passed away too soon from leukemia. Lamb headed an acclaimed band, Brown Bird, with his wife that was named NPR’s Folk Group of the Year. James Orbison was touched and inspired by the impact Lamb had made on not only him, but the community around him.

Orbison fell back into music as a mechanism to cope with his grief, where he consequently rediscovered his passion for writing and playing again. They decided to name their band The Sound of Ghosts, which was the title of Brown Bird’s album, as a way to honor Lamb and to be constant reminder of his love for music.

Their latest release entitled Delivery and Departure is filled with diverse soundscapes and a multitude of sonic textures. The new music is set to be an immersive listening experience.

Anna Orbison explains, “I hope it inspires people to look at the world in a little different way. Notice the things around you…that’s what we write songs about.”

The band’s signature sound of driving guitars, catchy hooks, and soaring harmonies is assured to get listeners up and dancing.

The Sound of Ghosts successes to date include opening for artists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Sisterhood, and Oingo Boingo. Their music has also been featured in national commercials for major brands such as Yahoo! and Kia, and will soon be in a new documentary created for NowThis. The Sound of Ghosts prides themselves on delivering an engaging, explosive yet intimate live performance, winning ‘best live performance’ at The Roswell Film Festival. 

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students with ID. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

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