Approximately two weeks before the concert, a Facebook event was published revealing the annual fall show artist. This year the Boston-based band, Guster, was the headliner. It seemed enthusiasm for the concert was dampened by the Hallo-Weekend hype. However, when Guster hit the stage on Friday night, Atwood Theater was packed with excited students.
The show opened with the all-Clark band, 3 Piece Meal, whose lively set got the crowd ready for Guster. The headliners showed their full support for 3 Piece Meal, with a shout-out during the concert, as Guster was also a band formed in college. In 1991, the members met at Tufts University, and formed their timeless alternative rock group.
The band’s witty repartee and fun musical vibes kept the audience engaged throughout the concert. Their most popular song, Satellite, was a huge hit among the crowd. The band made sure to include a good range of music off of their seven albums, including Ganging Up on the Sun, Easy Wonderful, and their latest album Evermotion. Their drummer, Brian Rosenworcel, got the crowd going while using his bare hands to play his percussion instruments, which he is notorious for.
The entire band showed their musical prowess as they shifted seamlessly between instruments, with constant guitar changes and rotations on the piano. One song even included a trumpet solo from back up vocalist Adam Gardner, and a Trombone line from Rosenworcel. The band also took requests from some super fans in the audience, and improvised a short song for a Clarkie in attendance. Not afraid to self-deprecate, the lead singer, Ryan Miller, kept reminding the audience that they were in fact professional musicians.
The show ended with one of their latest songs, Long Night, and a few more of their classics. As the audience streamed out of Atwood the general consensus was that it had been a great show. Another successful fall concert in the books.
Editor’s Note: Abby Michael and Annie Share, two Clark students, were the co-coordinators for the event. Although the committee has brought comedians to campus the last two years, Share and Michael brought it back in a musical direction this year. Thanks to both Annie and Abby for working so hard to organize a great show!