The Connecticut-born and bred jam-rock quintet Goose will stage its return to Wisconsin on February 10th after seven months away from the Badger State. The Sylvee, nestled in the heart of downtown Madison will host the five-piece outfit as it ventures through on its 2022 winter tour [get tickets].
The February 10th stop at the 2,500-capacity Sylvee—one of the largest venues the band will hit on its early-2022 tour—follows a career year for Goose in 2021. After Vampire Weekend commissioned members Rick Mitarotonda (guitar/vocals), Peter Anspach (guitar/keys/vocals), Trevor Weekz (bass), Ben Atkind (drums), and Jeffrey Arevalo (percussion/vocals) to reimagine its song “2021” early in the year, the group went on to notch several more career firsts. As restrictions around in-person live music began to ease, Goose toured extensively throughout the country, performing at drive-ins and socially distant events that eventually turned into full-fledged concerts as the year went on.
Over the summer, Goose released its latest album, and first with Anspach, Shenanigans Nite Club, before hosting its first-ever music festival, Fred The Festival, as part of the LOCKN’ Farm series in Arrington, VA. The weekend saw Mitarotonda and company perform four times alongside sets by Dawes, Dr. Dog, Cory Wong, and the three Goose side projects, Orebolo, Vasudo, and ElephantProof.
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Goose hadn’t finished with its banner year just yet, either. While gearing up for a multi-show New Year’s run at Chicago, IL’s Riviera Theatre following a busy fall tour, the group continued its rapid ascent with the debut of Shenanigan’s Nite Club: The Movie, a full-length film featuring all five band members as well as crew, musical collaborators, and close friends.
One of 2021’s unforgettable moments took place in Wisconsin over Independence Day weekend. On July 2nd and 3rd, Goose delivered a two-night run at The Pines Music Park in Eau Claire, putting together four of its best sets of the summer.
Friday night opened with a lengthy, 14-minute “Time To Flee”, setting the stage for a jam-filled weekend. “A Western Sun”, Billy Joel‘s “Movin’ Out”, and a 25-minute “Jive II” > “Jive Lee” segment highlighted the first frame before the second set opened with 40 minutes of “Slow Ready” and “Drive”. A rare cover of Kylie Minogue‘s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” served as a special treat and set up an awe-inspiring night two.
The outpouring of love for the Wisconsin faithful continued on July 3rd, which saw impressive takes on the introspective and uplifting “Turned Clouds”, a barn-burning “Yeti”, and an always appreciated cover of Bruce Hornsby‘s “The Way It Is” to get things started. Goose had plenty left for set two, offering a dark telling of “Creatures”, a serene “Rosewood Heart”, and an expansive rendition of “Spirit of the Dark Horse”. If these two shows proved anything, it’s that this band treats every Wisconsin show like a “Sunday show.”
Check out this pro-shot video of the aforementioned “Spirit of the Dark Horse” from The Pines Music Park via the player below. Head here to get your tickets for Goose’s show at The Sylvee in Madison on Thursday, February 10th.
Goose – “Spirit of the Dark Horse” – 7/3/21