Rick Mitarotonda

Goose returned to The Met Philly on March 25, 2023, after the raging inferno they set off the night prior, and decided to add more fuel to the improvisational fire. They delivered two spirited covers, numerous teases, and of course plenty of extended, raucous jams for the sold out crowd in Philadelphia, PA.

Goose, the head turning, indie jam rock band from Connecticut, followed their galvanized performances at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY and the Roadrunner in Boston, Mass with another mind melting musical experience at the iconic Met Philly in Philadelphia, PA on March 24, 2023. The City of Brotherly Love is no stranger to blazing hot jams from this band, as Goose delivered a pair of ragers at the Fillmore Philadelphia in 2022.

Which is the best version of Phil Lesh & Friends to play at the Capitol Theatre? The best version is the band that’s playing the night you’re going to see them. From a rotating cast of musicians, Phil Lesh has now played 100 shows at the Capitol Theatre since the reopening in September 2012. Starting in November of 2012, Phil Lesh played his first show at the Theatre since the Grateful Dead last played at the venue in February 1971.

Six sets of music in, the jams and song selection by Goose remained impressive. Every component of their five night run was magically falling into place. This included another sold out night of music at the Capitol Theatre on March 11, 2023.

The half way mark is a significant moment, especially during a five night run of contiguous shows by the same band. A sense of accomplishment can be felt by all after two outstanding nights of musical bliss. Goose reached that milestone prior to their show last Friday, March 10, 2023, and like Ground Hog Day, the show was again for a sold out crowd at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY.

A five night stand in the music world is a rarity. Five contiguous nights is almost unheard of in this day and age of short attention spans. This did not phase Goose, the self described indie jam rock band, from attempting this infrequent feat at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, which is within striking distance of their hometown, Norwalk, CT.

Arriving early for round two on Sunday, February 5th, the air was electric with anticipation outside the Mission Ballroom on Phil Lesh’s final night in Denver with his friends. Fueled with the outcome of a great first night, multiple conversations in the already forming lines speculated over the musical possibilities of the evening, including the rest of “Dark Star” in lieu of the full moon or an appropriate “Mission In The Rain”. Certainly, the possibility of Billy Strings sitting in was on everyone’s mind, Strings having wrapped his own three night run the day before and sitting in with Ross James and Andy Thorn in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Of course, the “Never Miss a Sunday Show” theory factored into everyone’s predictive model and with all these dynamics, so much potential was still on the table. With everyone’s continued reeling from the outpouring of love and quality playing on Saturday, the energy of night two, from outside the building, was already climbing.

In a guest-filled closer at The Cap, one of the many highlights was Rick and Peter from Goose sitting in on a "Franklin’s Tower" > "The Other One", along with RatDog's Kenny Brooks and the full 10-piece band. We also saw Dred Scott and singer Sasha Dobson on Saturday, and Friday's performance was accentuated by harpist Mikaela Davis joining for most of the show.

For the first weekend of February, Denver’s Mission Ballroom once again became a mecca for travelers seeking the psychedelic and for those who made the leap of faith, the reward was great. Grateful Dead bassist and living legend Phil Lesh gave the Rino district two nights of splendor, sound, and the opportunity once again to rejoice in community under a blanket of aural pleasantries that would defy expectation.

Last night, legendary Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir joined Goose for a trio of songs during the first set of the band’s Playing in The Sand Performance in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  Stepping out on the heels of a fiery ‘Pancakes’, Weir’s presence was felt quickly, with the accomplished rhythm player and vocalist leading the way on an acoustic Peggy-O.

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