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Boston alternative rock veterans Guster returned home on Friday night to play the first of back-to-back shows at the city’s House of Blues. A sold out crowd packed into the venue to welcome the group for the second stop on their winter tour. Guster is on tour both in support of their 2015 album Evermotion and to celebrate their 25th year of existence. Formed in 1991 while the members were attending college, they amassed a loyal local following before breaking on to the national scene later, in the mid to late the 1990’s. Guster has consistently maintained a presence on the Boston local scene throughout their 25 years, even with significant commercial success.
Opening Friday’s show was folk/roots rock outfit David Wax Museum, the group’s sound comes from a unique blend of traditional Mexican Son music and Americana, described by themselves as “Mexo-Americana.” The band played several songs from their recently released album Guesthouse including Forgiveness, Don’t Lose Heart, and the title track; Guesthouse during their 45 minute opening set.
Guster took to the House of Blues stage promptly at 9:15, opening with the song Diane from their 2003 album Keep It Together. After playing one of many fan favorites in Satellite Guster was joined onstage by a brass horns ensemble for the songs That’s No Way to Get to Heaven and Dear Valentine. Guster is a band that likes to incorporate their audience into the show, and they did just that when they allowed the crowd to choose a song on the night’s setlist. Fans were give the choice between three very deep cuts, Parachute, Mona Lisa and Rocketship all songs from the band’s first two albums. Rocketship won out and after joking about how badly they were likely to mess up, Guster tore through the song flawlessly. Another setlist standout was Amsterdam which was played second to last, during the main set. Guster’s encore consisted of four songs, two with the horns ensemble that had joined the group onstage earlier in the night.
Guster’s performance was a prime example of a band that creates a fun, upbeat, friendly atmosphere with their live performances. The night was full of sing-a-longs, dancing, and humor in a room full of friends, family, and fans that’ve been with Guster from the start.
Guster’s winter tour continues through February 13th, tickets are still available for several shows in the US. For dates, tickets, and even to request a song to be played at a particular date visit Guster’s official website HERE.