(Recap) Goose Invited Lucius to Perform a Mind-Bending Version of “Slow Ready” at the Greek in LA — Watch

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This past Sunday night, Connecticut-based indie/psychedelic/jam band Goose carried its ongoing Dripfield tour through the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

The tour, which is named after the band’s recent album and has seen sold-out runs through many venues ( including the vaunted Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado), this outing has been a bit of a breakthrough for the group, which also recently announced a fall run with the Trey Anastasio Band.

Goose is certainly making itself noticed in the community, and this was reflected at the Greek. The vibe was laid-back and celebratory, with many in attendance sporting Goose t-shirts or outfits paying tribute to other similar-minded musical acts like the Grateful Dead (whose iconography was very abundant). The band responded in kind, treating the gathered masses to a marathon concert that spanned roughly three hours (right up until the venue’s hard 11 p.m. curfew).

Among the highlights of the set was “Slow Ready,” for which Goose invited Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the band Lucius. Accompanying Goose on stage, the singers provided backing vocals for the track, which starts out steady before building into an energetic freak-out of a final few minutes — which was punctuated at the show with a dazzling light display. Here’s video of the performance:

Lucius first emerged onstage for a spirited cover of the Peter Gabriel classic “In Your Eyes”:

To cap the evening, Goose was joined by String Cheese Incident percussionist Jason Hann, who lent his services for “Hot Tea,” a track that earned a particularly excited reaction from fans and closed out what was a pretty stirring second Los Angeles headlining performance from the band.

Along the course of the night, it was apparent that Goose is becoming one of the most “important” acts of the contemporary “jam band” scene. The crowd spanned generations — there were as many over-50 Deadheads diving headlong into Goosedom as there were twentysomethings fully immersing themselves into the fun — possibly indicating that Goose’s rise is far from finished.

Their songs venture into prog-rock territory every now and then, they have an impossibly tight live sound and they’re able to seamlessly work in unexpected treats like the Peter Gabriel cover and have it all coalesce into a cohesive and very memorable stage presentation. All in all, it was a great time all around, and all should feel encouraged to experience it for themselves.

Goose at the Greek set list:

Set 1:

California Magic, Echo of a Rose(1), Rockdale, A Western Sun, Pancakes, In Your Eyes.(2),

Slow Ready (2)

Set 2:

Madhuvan, Borne>Hungersite>Dripfield


Hot Tea (3)

Goose Will Win Over Even the Most “Jam Band”-Resistant with New Album ‘Dripfield’ … (I Would Know).

This live run has already seen the group’s popularity explode, and it seems like a given that things will only rise precipitously from here. Catch a show on the rest of the tour:

8/23 – Stateline, NV – South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe (SOLD OUT)
8/25 – Portland, OR – The Square
9/29 – Richmond, VA – The National (SOLD OUT)
9/30 – Richmond, VA – The National (SOLD OUT)
10/1 – Atlanta, GA – Pullman Yards
10/2 – Atlanta, GA – Pullman Yards
10/4 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant
10/6 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
10/7 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
10/7-10/9 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10/11 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre
10/13 – Fayetteville, AR – JJ’s Live
10/14 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
10/15 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
10/14-10/16 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits

With Trey Anastasio Band

11/9 – Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena
11/11 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Arena
11/12 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
11/13 – Glens Falls, NY – Cool Insuring Arena
11/15 – Moon, PA – UPMC
11/17 – Fairfax, VA – EagleBank Arena
11/18 – Syracuse, NY – War Memorial Arena
11/19 – Reading, PA – Santander Arena

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