Ritter ‘rocks’ The Haunt

Josh Ritter delivers an enthused set at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24 at The Haunt in Ithaca, N.Y. Photograph taken by Qina Liu.

Josh Ritter is an angel — sent from Heaven to entertain on Earth. And in his newest song “Sir Gallahad,” Ritter compares himself to a celestial being, poking fun at the habits of one of the most morally solid knights of the round table.

However, even angels have mortal flaws. Ritter’s “curse” is that no matter how well or how long he performs, the crowd will always wants more. While Ritter revisited favorites such as “Harrisburg,” he also alluded to The Talking Head’s “Once In A Lifetime.” After an exhausting hour-and-40-minute set on Oct. 24 at The Haunt in Ithaca, N.Y., Josh Ritter emerges half-drenched in sweat as the cheers of the crowd escalate.

With his charismatic grin and his high energy, the incandescent creature can certainly charm a crowd “with the light of my lantern.” He had the crowd waving glowsticks, singing choruses, dancing, clapping and cheering for an encore.