$31 Main Floor & Lower Balcony
$26 Upper Balcony
Ever since their humble beginnings at Tufts University, Guster has always sought to outdo itself. They sell out New York’s fabled Radio City Music Hall one year and perform with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall the next. They sell out a 33-date college tour, and this past spring founded the eco-friendly Campus Consciousness Tour, with buses powered by biodiesel and performances powered by wind power. It’s in this overachieving band’s nature to one-up itself.
Guster has evolved into a full-fledged pop band, yet began their career as a quirky acoustic trio. They spent most of the 90s touring the college circuit and releasing independent albums, all of which featured hand percussion in lieu of a traditional drum set. The original members met each other at college orientation at Tufts University, Boston. Originally branding the band Gus, Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner, and Brian Rosenworcel, played shows as a trio around the Boston area until the release of their first album Parachute in 1994. In 1996 they decided to change the name of their band to Guster and rereleased their album Goldfly on Sire Records. It wasn’t until 1999 that they unofficially had their breakthrough with the release of Long and Gone Forever, which brought them into the billboard charts.
Always up for practical jokes the band released a fake version of their album Keep it Together with cats singing the lyrics. This was Guster’s answer to illegal file sharing that occupied the earlier part of the 2000s.
Several months after Keep It Together’s release, Joe Pisapia joined the group. He made his official debut on the 2004 concert album Guster on Ice, which found the guys playing selections from all of their albums. Now a four-piece outfit, Guster returned in 2006 with Ganging Up on the Sun. The group's sixth studio album, Easy Wonderful, which was partially recorded in Pisapia's Middletree Studios in Nashville, was released in October of 2010. Right around that time Pisapia announced he wouldn't be touring with the band any longer, choosing instead to play with k.d. lang full-time. He was replaced in the touring lineup by guitarist Luke Reynolds, a former member of the band Blue Merle.
On the 2011 album The Color by Yellowbirds, listeners are immersed in electric autoharp glissandos, bubbling 50's echo guitars, and glowing psychedelic pedal steel. Yellowbirds is the moniker for Sam Cohen, whose lauded guitar playing and tenor voice hover above the lush bed of sound delivering songs that are both dreamy and existential. It’s an “album that manages to construct a unique world in just half an hour” (Pitchfork); and it’s the result of a life absorbing vastly different parts of America and collaborating with an unexpected string of groundbreaking musicians.
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