Turning heads in Boston-area establishments since the mid-90s, Guster’s “intricately layered and expertly crafted” songsmanship has made them a nationally recognized artist in recent years.
Whether drawn by the earnest, stripped-down acoustic tunes or the passionate rhythm section, fans love Guster’s sound, a “playful yet literate” aesthetic that never met an instrument it didn’t like: steel guitar to banjo and dulcimer to trumpet.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are bringing the dynamic act to Geneva, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Smith Opera House. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. The concert is expected to feature selections from Guster’s new album, “Ganging Up on the Sun,” which was recently named Album of the Year (Major) at the Boston Music Awards.
“It’s a band that students love,” said Kristen Tobey, assistant director of campus life, who polled students through emails and mined Facebook.com data before making the choice. “We always enjoy bringing an act like this to Geneva.”
The pop/rock/folk band originally formed at Tufts University, where their members met at freshman Orientation. They sold out Radio City Music Hall in New York City, performed with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, and appeared on NBC's “Late Night with Conan O'Brien.” For their 33-date college schedule, they founded the eco-friendly Campus Consciousness Tour, with buses powered by biodiesel and performances powered by wind power.
Tickets for the Geneva show are $11 with an HWS ID, and are available at the Student Life and Leadership office (cash only) or at the College Store (Visa, Master Card, cash, check or student charge).
On Wednesday, Oct. 25, tickets went on sale to the public at the Smith Opera House box office. General admission tickets are $21 each and $16 for students at other colleges and universities with ID.
For details on the band, visit Guster.