ITHACA, N.Y. — Ever want to play with Guster?
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Here’s your chance: The alt-rock band announced an upcoming tour earlier this week that includes a show on Nov. 20 at Ithaca’s State Theatre — and they’re seeking for an opener a band that’s still “enrolled in college or high school.”
The band said in a statement on its website:
“Opening for national acts was a huge deal for us back when we were a college band named Gus. We were lucky enough to grab gigs supporting Jackopierce, Rusted Root, and Live before we even graduated from Tufts.
Getting in front of these audiences helped us gain the confidence to give “being in a band” a real shot. And we’d like to spread that karma, so we’re inviting college and high school bands to open for us on our upcoming November tour. Maybe we can even join your band for a song and vice versa? We’re going to make this happen at every stop on our tour between November 5th and November 21st. Submissions are due by Monday September 21st @ 10PM EDT. This opportunity is open exclusively to bands enrolled in college or high school. We’ll announce openers during the week of Monday September 28th.
My personal nomination would be Ithaca College’s Second Dam, though last we heard that band had plans to split up soon. We imagine plenty of local student bands will be eager to jump on the opportunity.
As for the rest of us, we’ll still gets the chance to enjoy a show from Guster — an acclaimed act that’s been on the national scene now for about two decades.
The group, since expanded to a quartet in the studio and occasionally a sextet live, with musical assists from crew members, notched another terrific local performance, traversing a catalog that balances classic pop songcraft and wry humor.
New tunes from the group’s latest release, “Easy Wonderful,’’ like the jangly “This Could All Be Yours,’’ fit snugly alongside older singalongs including raucous opener “Barrel of a Gun,’’ the keening, moody “Demons,’’ the peppy piano ditty “Manifest Destiny,’’ and the ambitious, multipart opus “Come Downstairs & Say Hello.’’
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