It's kind of hard to believe that this will be Guster's 20th year as a band, but the group started by friends who met during freshman orientation at Tuft's University in 1991 has the road miles to prove it and their well polished show at Stubb's BarBQ on Thursday is certainly a measure of their years of tour experience.
With frontmen Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller swapping vocal duties and Brian "Thundergod" Rosenworcel keeping pace on percussion the band wheeled through a succession their of songs, old and new. Relative newcomer to the band, guitarist Luke Reynolds who joined last year, had no trouble keeping up with his band mates, nor filling the shoes of former guitarist Joe Pisapia, who left the band in 2010.
This set was better than the Guster set I saw at ACL Fest in 2006, but festival sets in the broad daylight in front of a hot dusty seething mass of humanity are rarely as warm and intimate as a show nestled into Stubb's amphitheater.
Guster's current tour is swinging back to the East coast and ends May 7th. They will be touring again starting at the beginning of August, along with Jack's Mannequin. For tickets, tour dates, and more info on the band check out the Guster website. Click here for the rest of the Guster pics.