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Published: 2011/03/23

Guster Returns to Irving Plaza, Sets Central Park Show

Guster has confirmed an August 8 appearance at New York’s Central Park SummerStage. The show is part of the band’s August tour with Jack’s Mannequin. The groups plan to announce additional shows in the coming weeks.

The members of Guster announced the show Monday night during a performance at New York’s Irving Plaza. The performance—which was part of Rock 101.9 WRXP’s third birthday celebration—marked Guster’s first appearance at the 1,000-person room since 1997.

Atomic Tom—a group featuring onetime Wetlands regular Phil Galitzone on bass—opened the show with a short set. The indie-leaning band recently received some national attention after the group performed on the subway with only their iPhones when their instruments were stolen. Following Atomic Tom’s set, WRXP radio personality and onetime MTV host Matt Pinfield welcomed Guster to the stage. Early in his set, Guster frontman Ryan Miller reminisced about the group’s ‘90s shows at the venue and described Irving Plaza as the group’s former “home court.” After graduating from Wetlands in the mid ‘90s, Guster played numerous headlining shows at the intimate venue, including a few memorable nights that helped the group ink a major label deal.

Though most of the group’s setlist featured material from the band’s 2010 release Easy Wonderful, the group looked back to 1999’s Lost & Gone Forever with “Barrel of a Gun” and “Happier” and 1997’s Goldfly with “Demons” and “Airport Song.” After repeated requests from the crowd, the band also busted out 1994’s “Mona Lisa” for the first time in several years. Miller—who required some help from the audience to remember the song’s lyrics—said the song was appropriate given the show’s setting. He also name-checked WRXP and mentioned its influence on New York radio.

WRXP also celebrated its birthday with a performance at Asbury Park, NJ’s The Stone Pony on March 20 with Matt & Kim. WRXP is New York’s only station devoted to alternative music.

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