The alt-rock band, which formed at Medford’s Tufts University back in 1991, are commemorating the occasion with consecutive gigs January 12, 13, 14, and 15. Four-show weekend passes, priced at $125, go on sale Wednesday (November 2), and $36 single-show tickets are available November 11.
“Every show in Boston is like a hometown show,” says drummer/percussionist Brian Rosenworcel in a press release. “Boston is the town that built our career and we have a special relationship with the fans and the city. Every time we play here, we want to make it special. Boston will always be the spiritual home of the band.”
Among the guests Guster are bringing along for the Paradise shows include Barenaked Ladies’ Steven Page (January 12), And The Kids (January 13), the Bogmen (January 14) and John Wesley Harding (January 15). “All of the bands opening for us have a special place in our celebration,” adds Rosenworcel. “We used to play with the Bogmen and John Wesley Harding at the Paradise. And The Kids remind us of Guster back in the day, if we were female and much better at songwriting. And of course, we toured alongside Steven Page for so many years when he was a Barenaked Lady.”
The Paradise has a significant place in Guster history, as the band performed at the Commonwealth Avenue rock club at a Battle of the Bands in the early ’90s. Winning that competition allowed them to share the stage with the likes of Rusted Root, Acoustic Junction, the Bogmen, and others. “I remember the feeling of playing on the stage at the Paradise for the first time, how huge it was and how I was standing on the stage where I had seen so many of my favorite bands,” says Rosenworcel. “In the spring of 1995, they let us headline our own show. It was beyond epic. Sold out. I will never forget feeling that ‘if we can do this in Boston, we can do this in every city.’”
Guster’s residency at the Paradise Rock Club will also kick-off the club’s own 40th anniversary celebration. For more information on Guster as well as their Thanksgiving weekend shows in New York City, click here.