The Lower Lights are a collective of about 20 prominent Utah musicians, who formed as a way to sing and record beloved hymns and spirituals.
The group’s recordings, including several Christmas albums, draw upon a cross-section of bluegrass, gospel, and folk. Their annual holiday concerts began in 2010 and have blossomed into this year's seven-night run at the Masonic Temple. There's just something about Christmas and The Lower Lights.
Each of The Lower Lights cast has their own respective projects and careers, many of them acclaimed nationally and locally. The musicians include Paul Jacobson, Ryan Tanner, Sarah Sample, members of Fictionist, The Rubber Band, and so many more.
They come together for what’s now a rich musical and holiday tradition.
Even if you don’t dig hymns and Christmas music, the expression and heartfelt sentiment in the live setting is incredible to see. It makes for a fun, stirring evening. The shows often begin with a singalong, something to get the kids excited and involved, before the big band takes the stage.
From the cannon of carols, The Lower Lights might pull out “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” or renditions of “Away in a Manger,” “White Christmas,” and “Silver Bells,” to name a few.
When you see this band bantering and sharing a special, maybe spiritual musical moment, it’s a great reminder that this isn’t just the season of getting more stuff.
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