Photo credit: Alysse GafkjenVeteran alternative rock band Guster – which broke through the ’90s and has maintained a loyal fan base ever since – are embarking on their first acoustic tour in eight years. The “An Evening of Acoustic Music and Improv” tour will bring the group to Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine for two shows in March.
Tickets ($ 30 to $ 50) for the March 14 concerts – which will take place at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – are now on sale via memorialhallotr.com.
Guster is joined by a string section for the tour and they’ll release a few songs that they don’t usually play on their electric shows. They will also have fun special guests, as the title of the tour suggests. Connor Ratliff of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater will conduct a comedy segment at each show, featuring a rotating cast of comedians and comedic actors.
“We can’t wait to mix up our Guster gigs to create something new out of something old with all of you,” the group wrote on social media and on their website of the tour.
Guster formed in Boston as “Gus” in the early 1990s, releasing albums independently and cultivating great popularity on the road and via college radio. They signed with major label Sire Records in 1998, which broadened their reach, and they’ve maintained a fairly stable release schedule ever since, with albums released through labels like Aware and Nettwerk Records. The last two feature films of the group – produced by Richard Swift in 2015 Evermotion and 2019 Look alive – both ranked in the top 50 of Billboardthe charts of the albums of; Look alive reach # 1 on Billboardthe ranking of independent albums by.
The comedic angle of Guster’s tour shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to fans of the group. Known for their witty stage jokes and antics, crowd engagement, and fun covers (including the Cheers theme song and “Total Eclipse of the Heart”), they also produced a comedy web series (Joe’s place) and last year they made their improvisation debut at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City.