Last night, Connecticut-bred indie-groove band Goose performed the first of five shows as part of their residency at the premiere East Coast jam venue, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y. The quintet–comprised of Rick Mitarotonda, Peter Anspach, Ben Atkind, Jeff Arevalo and Trevor Weekz–arrived still blazing from their performance at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival and tapped into the leftover energy to set the tone of the run.

Goose closed their appearance in Florida (March 3) with Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue,” and the current was still flowing through them as they opened their first-ever performance collectively on the storied Port Chester stage with the ending of the song. After locking into their collective inclinations and connecting with the crowd, they moved into a slow version of “All I Need,” which stylishly sidestepped “Dr. Darkness.” After Mitarotonda’s vocals cascaded over the mass of adoring fans, and they collectively climbed, they made their way skyward with “Butterflies.” Next came “Jive II” and “Earthing or Alien?” which Weekz combined for a segment during the latter. They closed the first frame with a fan favorite from their 2022 LP Dripfield, “So Ready.”

The second set tracked in at just five songs, but each was a fine example of the expert playing that allowed the band to experience such a meteoric rise over the past year and sell out the 1,800 venue for five days straight with such ease. They began by dipping a bit backward into their discography with “Wysteria Lane.” The sleek jam’s fluid slides aquaplaned into “Doobie Song.” Next came “Drive” which was equipped with teases of 2021’s “Loose Ends.” “Yeti” served as the frame’s penultimate song before they doused the theatre with a set closing rendition of “Your Ocean.” After a massive amount of applause and appreciation, the band returned for an encore of “Pancakes.”

Goose will continue to perform at The Capitol Theatre through Sunday, March 12. For those who cannot attend the show in person, enjoy livestreams of Goose at The Capitol Theatre via here.

The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, N.Y.
March 8, 2023

Set I: Jam -> Electric Avenue[1], All I Need[2] > Dr. Darkness, Butterflies, Jive II, Earthling or Alien?[3], So Ready

Set II: Wysteria Lane > Doobie Song, Drive[4], Yeti, Your Ocean

Enc.: Pancakes

“Jive II” tease in Earthling or Alien?
“Loose Ends” tease in Drive

Coach’s Notes:
    [1] Eddy Grant. Ending only, finishing the version from 3/3/23 Okeechobee.
    [2] Slow, melodic version.
    [3] With Jive II teases from Trevor.
    [4] With Loose Ends teases.

Setlist via El Goose

Photographer Dino Perrucci captured the action below.