Concert review: Secret Ghost Champion at Rodeo Goat

Secret Ghost Champion

★ ★ ★

June 23

Rodeo Goat, Fort Worth

Posted 8:27am on Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013

Sunday was a industrial strength music day in Funkytown.

We had the Fort Worth Weekly music awards festival going on at nearly every venue along the 7th Street corridor. A huge celebration of live music and a hard choice to make as to where to go. I’ve been hearing about Rodeo Goat for some time now, and so I decided to take a shot in the dark and try it. I’m glad I did.

I intended to catch Madras doing their set, but what few parking spaces could be found near the place were taken up by some of Fort Worth’s finest answering a call.

By the time all the police cars had gone their way and space cleared up, Secret Ghost Champion was taking the stage. I made my way through the crowd to the back of the very cool patio (where the music was happening) and took over a picnic table by the sound booth. Ben Napier was running sound Sunday, but he had some new high-tech board that lets him control the sound via an iPad, so he was wandering around the venue. Apparently there is an app for even that.

Secret Ghost Champion is a psychedelic rock act, and more of the ethereal, sit-back-and-groove kind of thing than the more percussive wave of young musicians that have been at the forefront of the Funkytown musical experience lately.

Vocals are strong and emotive, instrumentals are energetic but not jarring and the overall effect is trippy and engaging. The band consists of Ben Hance (guitar, vocals), Roby Scott (guitar), Jody McCauley (drums), David Vaughn (keyboard), and Danny Hance (bass). Check these guys out if you get a chance.

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