Listening to Utah-based folk ensemble The Lower Lights is like floating in a snow globe, softly descending on a dreamy scene where simple harmonies and rustic rhythms make your pretty world go round. The group, composed of recognizable local solo artists like Mindy Gledhill and Sarah Sample, is taking the stage to strum in the Christmas season (on a banjo of course), hoping to relive the magic of last year’s sold-out holiday concert series.
“I was completely floored by the fact that we were able to sell out two nights in a row (last year),” said Paul Jacobsen, one of The Lower Lights’ vocalists and guitarists who also contributes occasionally on the piano, organ and banjo. “I will admit to being the one in the group who thought we were overreaching. And I was wrong.”
Jacobsen said the concert was the perfect intersection of a room full of people who want to feel the Christmas spirit and a stage full of musicians who love to play and sing in a unique way.
“I think we fill a gap in the Christmas concert landscape,” Jacobsen said. “We’re sort of the rootsy, folkie, bluegrassy option, I guess. Maybe it’s a little less straight than some other options, but still the songs you know and love. We want it to have elements of fun/celebration and quiet reverence all in the same night, which I think is the spirit of Christmas.”
This year, that much will be the same, but a lot will be different. In addition to selections from their previous Christmas album, “Come Let Us Adore Him,” the concert will feature songs from their new Christmas album, “The Lower Lights Sing Noel,” to be released Nov. 26.
As is the case with the group’s two volumes of hymn revivals, “the songs obviously are pretty old, but our versions are new,” Jacobsen said.
The show will also feature new lighting enhancements, special guests and a few surprises. Don’t miss The Lower Lights at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple, Dec. 9, 10, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online here.