Phantogram at The Mercury Ballroom 10-6-2017

Written By: Michael Deinlein

Phantogram, the Greenwich, New York-based Electro-rock duo of Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) deliver a musically intense set for a full house in Louisville.


A late arriving crowd of fans started piling into Louisville’s Mercury Ballroom on Friday night, eager to see Phantogram on their Headline tour, by the time the lights dropped and Phantogram takes the stage the venue was more than full.   


Wearing a long white leather jacket with long flowing fringe and shiny high heel silver boots, Sarah takes her position behind the keyboards as Phantogram start off our 90-minute journey with the dark and ominous “Funeral Pyre,” followed by “You’re Mine,” and “Same Old Blues” much everyone’s delight.  


On a dimly lit stage, with various strobes and light effects happening all around them, John and Sarah don’t spend too much time talking or interacting with the crowd tonight, rather they let the music and atmosphere around them surround and the venue, accentuating the overall vibe of the evening. 


Phantogram closes out the evening with a three-song encore with some additional songs from their most recent release, Three, beginning with “Destroyer” and “Cruel World” before ending with fan favorite and radio hit “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” closing an entertaining evening of music and leaving fans happy and satisfied.


Phantogram has been supporters in increasing awareness suicide prevention after Sarah Barthel lost her sister to suicide earlier this year.  The band is donating proceeds of specially designed merchandise as well as monies from ticket sales to the cause.

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