Glass Harp Guitarist Phil Keaggy Plays Two Solo Shows at Nighttown

Photo by Sean Hagwell

Wed 7/18 @ 7PM

Thu 7/19 @ 8PM

Undeniably one of the most talented guitar players to ever come out of northeast Ohio, Phil Keaggy was already a legend among musicians by the time he left the band that made his reputation, Youngstown’s Glass Harp, by the fall of 1972 — when he was just 21.

He had started the band with drummer John Sferra in 1969 when he was just 18 and after the band added bassist Dan Pecchio (who later played with the Michael Stanley Band), the trio’s reputation spread first throughout the region, and then nationally (although the famous quote from Jimi Hendrix praising Keaggy is almost certainly apocryphal). The band released three albums on Decca Records in a year and a half and played shows with bands like Yes, Traffic and the Kinks before Keaggy left the band to pursue Christian music.

He became one of the top stars in that genre, releasing many albums over the years and establishing twin fan bases among Christian music fans and guitar aficionados. He continues to play, even doing an occasional show with Glass Harp, who reunited for the first time for a show at the Rock Hall in 1997.

Keaggy fans will be thrilled to have the chance to hear him play in the intimate space of Nighttown where he’ll perform for two nights. Tickets are $50.

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