Photo by Bryan Murphy via Goose’s Facebook page

Goose headlined a sold-out two-night run at New York’s Terminal 5 over the weekend. The shows marked the band’s first public performances in the Big Apple since before the pandemic, though the quintet did stream their annual Goosemas event from the top of a building in Rockefeller Center this past December. 

On Friday, the Connecticut-bred group debuted their cover of Vampire Weekend’s “2021” at the start of their second set. The tune–which the members of Vampire Weekend commissioned Goose to reinterpret and record earlier this year–turned into something of a conceptual theme throughout the set. The musicians prominently returned to “2021” during their debut of the original “Old Man’s Boat” and then again at the end of the set during “Echo of a Rose.” 

The surprises continued last night when Goose offered an unannounced third set that pushed their show past 1 a.m. The outfit’s third set kicked off with a take on  The Brothers Johnson’s “Get the Funk Out Ma Face,” before segueing into “Creatures,” Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” and a  “Madhuvan” that was wrapped around Bobby “Blue” Bland’s jam-scene staple “Turn On Your Love Light.” An encore of “Hot Tea” brought the night to a close.

Goose’s tour continues with an October 28 stop at Portland, ME’s State Theatre.