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Guster Headlining OWU's Springfest

March 17, 2005

[ Guster ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- How do you celebrate the completion of a significant project? If you're a rock band, then how about a road trip?
The alt-rock trio Guster is doing just that with a two-week campus tour following the completion of its fifth album. Ohio Wesleyan University will be the first public concert when Guster headlines the all-ages Springfest celebration at 8 p.m. on April 15 in OWU's Gordon Field House. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for Ohio Wesleyan students. Purchase tickets from TicketWeb at www.ticketweb.com or by calling 866-468-3401.
The group wrote in a message posted to its Web site, "Because as soon as the album's done we're celebrating with a two week college tour!" It will open with a student-only show at Case Western Reserve on April 14 before traveling down I-71 to Delaware.
Ryan Miller (guitar, vocals), Adam Gardner (guitar, vocals) and Brian Rosenworcel (percussion) joined forces at Tufts University in 1992 and formed GUS, but after several bands at an open-mic night shared the name, the name was changed to Guster and became one of the top independent bands in the country. While their albums Parachute (1994), Goldfly (1996), Lost And Gone Forever (1999) and Keep It Together (2003) have made them underground stars, they have emerged above ground thanks to "Airport Song," a left-field radio hit off Goldfly, sporadic appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and prominent placement in the feature film Life As A House.
This status has been cemented by the group's performances at everything from Woodstock '99 to their own sold-out shows in venues like the FleetBoston Pavilion (Boston), Central Park SummerStage (New York), The Riviera Theater (Chicago), The Warfield (San Francisco), and The Tabernacle (Atlanta), not to mention sharing bills with a raft of heavy hitters. Earlier this year they shared the bill with John Mayer.
The band is known as much for its comedic pursuits on stage as they are for their music. In a VH1.com interview from 2003, members recalled their funniest stunt pulled live. "We started this tradition of entering our Boston shows in abnormal ways. In 1999, we lowered ourselves from the ceiling of the Orpheum because we'd seen Marky Mark do it for some Boston awards show a few years before. In 2001 -- and this is my proudest moment in Guster -- two hours before a show at this pavilion on the water, we decided we wanted the guy to film us coming in on this yellow rubber dinghy, after which we were going to enter the show from the dock wearing our yellow lifejackets. Well, we were losing it against the current and we started to wonder if we would drift out to sea and never make it to the stage."
For more information visit Ohio Wesleyan's Springfest site at http://springfest.owu.edu/ or contact the Campus Programming Board at 740-368-3188 or cpb@owu.edu.