Ghosts of Jupiter @ Putnam Den on Saturday

While their name might suggest some gathering of cosmic spirits, Ghosts of Jupiter are actually a brawny band of Boston-based rockers with their feet planted firmly on the ground.

Their music is full of sinew and muscle, drawing inspiration from the hard-rock glory days of the ’60s & ’70s and melding it to the crackle and crunch of such contemporary rock revivalists as the Raconteurs and the Black Keys. Call it classic rock for the next generation.

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Led by former Percy Hill keyboardist Nate Wilson, Ghosts of Jupiter know how to stretch the possibilities of a song, but their overall approach bears a closer resemblance to Led Zeppelin – powerful, gripping and capable of surprise at every turn. Wilson is joined by guitarists Johnny Trama and Adam Terrell, as well as the ace rhythm section of bassist Tommy Lada and drummer Thomas Arey (drums), all of whom combine grit with the kind of high-end musicianship that puts the band at the forefront of today’s real rock movement.

Opening act Banooba will start the evening. Taking cues from a wide range of influences – including funk, jazz, reggae and rock – Banooba has successfully incorporated all of these elements into their own signature sound, and they’ve drawn comparisons to a diverse group of bands from Sublime to the Allman Brothers, Umphrey’s Mcgee to Steely Dan, from Incubus to the Average White Band.

Ghosts of Jupiter will make their regional debut at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, February 16. Banooba opens the show at 9pm. Admission to the show is $7 at the door.

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