February 4, 2011: Guster and Jukebox the Ghost
Guster. Guster. Guster.
Guster IS for lovers.
The moment I first heard this band I believe was my sophomore year of college, I instantly fell in love. Their music is so fun, upbeat, and catchy. I often have a hard time understanding how MORE people don’t know about them. Or why I have been to TWO Guster shows by myself one of them being FREE!!! But thankfully I met my friend, Jess. One of my favorite concert going buddies. When I found out she loved Guster just as much as I did, I almost fell over. We were so meant to be friends.
Guster puts on a live show like nothing else I have ever seen. It’s one thing to listen to a bands music that is recorded in a studio. It is another thing to see them perform it live. To see the energy that they radiate into each member of the audience.
For one, I must always be in a position to see Brian jam out on the bongos. Yes! BONGOS! He plays almost the entire set with his hands banging fiercely away on the bongos. So much so that he now has to tape his hands because they used to bleed so badly! It is a true sight to behold. Secondly, one of the first times I saw Guster live was at the Tate Center at the University of Georgia. It was a smaller show, but it was amazing. The most awesome thing about it….Ryan Miller played the entire show with bronchitis and a fever!! That’s serious dedication right there folks!
Ever since that day he has been my hero. And my love for Guster has grown.
I even traveled to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2007 just because they had been added to the lineup. And they just so happened to be on my flight from Dallas to Montrose when I was traveling there. But that’s a story for another time…
Needless to say….I love this band. They will always be one of my favorites.
Plus they always seem to play at my favorite Atlanta venue….The Tabernacle.
Jess and I arrived early-ish to the show. And thank goodness we did because we got to hear the opening band. And discover a new love! Jukebox the Ghost…..what a GREAT band to open for Guster!!! They were upbeat and fun. Even though I didn’t know one of their songs, I found myself bopping and dancing along to their music. It was instant love. And they did a hilarious cover of “I Love You Always Forever” which had everyone singing along.
If you haven’t checked them out yet, I highly suggest you do because they are on the brink.
After JBtG were finished, it was time for some Guster action! I was beyond excited! Their shows are the kind where everyone knows every word and sings right along. This one was no different. They played songs that spanned their entire catalog history! The setlist was as follows:
Barrel of a Gun
Architects and Engineers
Homecoming King (Chariots of Fire outro)
Red Oyster Cult
The Beginning of the End
This Could All Be Yours
What You Call Love
Two Points for Honesty (chosen by audience over Careful)
On the Ocean
Come Downstairs and Say Hello
Do You Love Me
Hang On/My Life (Billy Joel cover)
This is How it Feels to Have a Broken Heart
Jesus on the Radio (acoustic without microphones)
Suffice to say, the setlist speaks for itself. I always love hearing the old songs and doing all the audience participation. Holding up my hand for the countdown during Barrel of a Gun. Screaming “Dirty, dirty, oh so dirty” during Airport Song. Watching the band members dodge audience thrown ping pong balls at the end of Airport Song. But it was also good to hear the new songs live! And they are just as amazing as the old ones.
I cannot wait until they roll back through town again….it is ALWAYS a good good time!