Legendary Youngstown Trio Glass Harp Plays the Music Box

Thu 5/16 @ 7:30PM

Fri 5/17 @ 8PM

One of northeast Ohio’s best rock bands ever was Youngstown’s Glass Harp. In the early 1970s, they were considered a sure shot for national fame, with three albums released in 1971 and 1972 that, although uneven, broke through with passages of sheer magic, showcasing their unique blend of influences from the Beatles to 70s progressive rock.

The trio of guitarist Phil Keaggy, bassist Daniel Pecchio and drummer John Sferra earned critical kudos and captivated fans with their ear-catching, intense but melodic hard-to-categorize music, marked by the effortless entwining of their three voices and Keaggy’s distinctive virtuosic guitar, by turns delicate and roaring. They composed much of their material in marathon jam sessions, leading some to dub them a forerunner of jam-band music and giving them a selling point for younger fans

They packed clubs all over the region and did a number of high-profile tours, before Keaggy departed in late summer 1972 for a career in Christian music. Pecchio went on to play with the Michael Stanley Band and Sferra has drummed for many local bands and musician.

The group began to play select shows again following a 1997 reunion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. They’ll play two more at the Music Box this week, with Cary and the Dissidents opening.

Tickets are $35 and $50.


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