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Published: 2013/12/02

Guster Celebrate Multiple Anniversaries in New York City

Guster celebrated both the 10th anniversary of their 4th album Keep it Together and the 20th anniversary of their debut Parachute with three Thanksgiving Family reunion shows weekend. The concerts continued a tradition of Thanksgiving Weekend Guster shows in New York dating back to the band’s days playing Wetlands in the ‘90s.

On Saturday, Guster performed at New York’s Beacon Theatre and, after a set of career-spanning material, performed Keep it Together in its entirety. Ben Kweller, who appears on the album, opened the night and joined Guster onstage for a song he co-wrote with the band and debuted at Wetlands in 2001, “I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today.”

Multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia, who was a member of the group from 2003-2010 before leaving to work with kd Land, also reunited with Guster on “Jesus on the Radio” and “Keep It Together.” He later joined the band for their encore, which consisted of the Keep It Together hidden track “Two at a Time ,” a cover of The Mamas & the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” and “This Could All Be Yours” As a second encore, the group moved into the audience for a completely unplugged reprise of “Jesus on the Radio” with Joe Pisapia. Both a horn and a string section augmented the band at various points throughout the night.

On Sunday, the band played two afternoon shows at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl, the venue operated by Relix publisher and former Wetlands owner Peter Shapiro. Both sets featured a short, different set of Guster classics as well as a complete performance of Parachute. With few expectations, Guster had not performed most of the songs off the album live in 10-15 years. The band’s three founding members took the stage by themselves for the Parachute portion of the set , but were joined by touring member Luke Reynolds and some guest string players later in the album set. During the early show, Pisapia returned for “Hercules “ and “The Captain” during the band’s encore, and Guster tossed in a another bust our, the Goldfly track “Burry Me.” Later in the day, the band performed the unreleased, Parachute-era number “Pantomime,” which they haven’t played live since 2000.

A fan also gave frontman Ryan Miller the shirt he wore in the back cover photo to wear during the Parachute sections of the two shows, and Brooklyn Bowl sold pixie sticks, which fans used to throw during the Parachute song “Happy Frappy.” The gigs also had a Chanukah theme: the band sold dreidels with their faces on them and Miller wished the crowd a happy “Thanksgivingukah” on Saturday. He also mentioned they would return to the studio in early January to work on their next studio album.

Here’s a look at all three setlists from this weekend:

Guster, November 30, 2013, Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

I Spy
Satellite
Barrel of a Gun
Architects & Engineers
Ruby Falls
Happier
Do You Love Me
Rocketship
The Beginning of the End
What You Call Love
Airport Song
Keep it Together
Diane
Careful
Amsterdam
Backyard
Homecoming King / Chariots of Fire
Ramona
Jesus on the Radio
Keep It Together
Come Downstairs and Say Hello
Red Oyster Cult
Long Way Down
I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today

Encore:
Two at a Time
California Dreamin’
This Could All Be Yours

Encore 2:
Jesus on the Radio

Guster, December 1, 2013, Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY

What You Wish For
Bad Bad World
Ramona
Satellite
Airport Song
What You Call Love
Rise and Shine
Two Points for Honesty
Come Downstairs and Say Hello
Parachute
Fall in Two
Mona Lisa
Love for Me
Window
Eden
Scars & Stitches
The Prize
Dissolve
Cocoon
Happy Frappy
Parachute

Encore:
Hang On
Pantomime
This Could All Be Yours
Happier

Guster, December 1, 2013, Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY

Demons
Center of Attention
This Could All Be Yours
Manifest Destiny
Rocketship
Do You Love Me
Either Way
Come Downstairs and Say Hello
Parachute
Fall in Two
Mona Lisa
Love for Me
Window
Eden
Scars & Stitches
The Prize
Dissolve
Cocoon
Happy Frappy
Parachute

Encore:
Hercules
The Captain
Bury Me
Barrel of a Gun

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MC Grammar December 2, 2013, 17:00:01

Went to the first Brooklyn Bowl show. Always a good time with Guster. They never take themselves too seriously. Some of these other bands should take notes.

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