Ever since getting our socks knocked off by Lower Lights Christmas concert last year, we've made it an annual holiday to do. And so have a lot of other people who waited patiently in the Masonic Temples' lobby with portraits of Masons past.
Check out SLMag critic Dan Nailen's deeply informed review of the show here.
Once again, the Utah County co-op of musicians helped us get our head screwed on straight about the meaning of the season: the funky-but-beautiful theater at the Salt Lake Mason Temple spun its time-machine magic, LL belted out their old-timey hymns, many infants were in attendance and the concert opened and closed with homages to "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
If anyone missed the point, Paul Jacobson, of the lower lights brought it home when he explained to any perplexed in the audience why "Brother" Hank Williams' "House of Gold" was on a Christmas concert playlist.
In short, as Brother Hank says:
What good is gold and silver, too
When your heart's not good and true.
The shows are allegedly sold out, but I saw more than a dozen empty seats, but the ticket takers were running an informal wait list, so if you want to take a chance on Kristmas kismet, hang around.
Oh yeah, here's that ceiling: