Goose Kick-Off Radio City Music Hall Debut with Sit-ins from Stuart Bogie, Dave Nelson and D. James Goodwin
Photo by Abby Fox Matthews via Goose Instagram
Last night, Goose kicked off their two-night debut at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall. The evening was comprised of three sets: an opening acoustic set and two electronic sets; and featured appearances from Antibalas contributor Stuart Bogie, a supporter of The National Dave Nelson and Dripfield producer D. James Goodwin.
Goose kicked off the show with a five-song acoustic set, setting their sold-out debut at the 6,015-person capacity, 90-year-old venue, apart from previous shows. They started with a clean take on their 2022 release “California Magic” before showcasing Rick Mitarotonda and Peter Anspach’s shared vocals on “Elizabeth.” They continued to stake their claim in the ongoing acoustic renaissance with a take on the traditional, “Jack-A-Roe.” Next, they played “Turned Clouds” and “This Old Sea” before indicating what was to come in the following two sets with a jammed-out acoustic version of “All I Need.”
After much applause and elation, Goose returned to the stage for another pentad of songs – this time equipped with enough gear to make most audiophiles intrigued. They started with “Tumble” off their 2020 LP Alive and Well. After settling into their sound bouncing off the grand walls of Radio City Music Hall, Goose showcased some more of their indie inclinations with “Borne” off Dripfield. Mitarotonda’s vocals dripped from the walls and stilled the crowd as the track came to a close, but it wasn’t long before percussionists Ben Atkind and Jeff Arevalo got people swinging with the tight intro of “The Whales.” “A Western Sun” came next, showcasing all the members of the band’s improvisational dexterity and deep connection with the jamband scene. They closed the second set with an equally jammed-out rendition of their song “Pancakes.”
Goose continued with a triad of tracks for their third and final set of the evening. They came out with “Madhuvan” and took their time improvising and layering sound – bassist Trevor Weekz shined during the track and injected the sonic spine with sheer magic before they moved into “Hot Tea.” During “Hot Tea” they welcomed Bogie on tenor saxophone, Nelson on trombone, and the man behind their highly polished new LP Goodwin, on guitar. They closed the set with the wavey summer anthem off Dripfield “Arrow.” After taking a breath and taking in their historic set Goose returned to the stage for a fiery and extended rendition of their song “Animal.”
Goose will return to Radio City Music Hall for their second sold-out show tonight.
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Radio City Music Hall – New York
June 24, 2022
Set I: California Magic, Elizabeth, Jack-A-Roe ([traditional] cover), Turned Clouds, This Old Sea, All I Need
Set II: Tumble, Borne, The Whales, A Western Sun, Pancakes
Set III: Madhuvan, Hot Tea, Arrow