This weekend, March 30 through April 1, Goose took the stage for three nights at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The band made their venue debut on Thursday and churned out a second dynamic set on Friday night. On Saturday, though, Goose decided to get tricky. In the spirit of April Fools Day, the jammers arrived with plenty of onstage antics up their sleeves. 

Goose got the mischief rolling immediately. The group filed onstage in costume, with each musician dressed as another bandmate. Armed with cheeky grins, they selected their instruments for the stunt. Rick Mitaronda settled on drums, while Peter Anspach opted for Trevor Weekz’s bass. Weekz took over on guitar; Jeff Averalo claimed Anspach’s keyboard, and Trevor Weekz rounded things out on percussion. 

On top of the wardrobe and instrument swap, the bandmates made an effort to channel each other’s stage presence. After a moment of playful banter, they kicked off the music with a rendition of their 2020 track “Jive Lee.” 

Following the surprise opener, the band took a short break to reclaim their own attire and instruments. They resumed their first frame with “Flodown,” which was trailed by the newer release “Lead Up.” Next, they tackled The National’s “Bloodbuzz Ohio” before moving into a loose, 21-minute rendition of “Tumble.” That extended jam bled directly into “Thatch,” which finished off the concert’s first frame. 

The group picked back up with fan-favorite “Madhuvan,” improvising on the track for 30 minutes into the set. Then, they dished out “Silver Rising,” which flowed directly into “Red Bird.” Goose followed up with “This Old Sea,” which transitioned into a set-closing cover of The Band’s “Don’t Do It.” Finally, Goose ended the night with a lively “Hot Tea” encore. 

With their April Fool’s day show in the review, the band will take a short break from the road before picking back up with the second leg of their spring tour. Performances will resume on April 13, with an appearance at The Sylvee in Madison, Wisc. View the full tour schedule and ticket information on the band’s website.

Click here to view an official recording of Goose’s April Fools performance of “Jive Lee” at the Ryman Auditorium or below.

Scroll to view the April 1 setlist below. 

Notably, Daze Between New Orleans announced it will return to New Orleans’ historic Faubourg Brewery during the days between New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival weekends on Tuesday, May 2, and Wednesday, May 3, 2023, and will be headlined by Goose and feature an eclectic lineup on both days.

Single-day and two-day passes, as well as a variety of VIP options, will go on sale Friday, Dec. 16, at noon CT. Tickets are available now. Find tickets and learn more about Daze Between New Orleans here.

Ryman Auditorium– Nashville, Tenn. 
April 1, 2023

Set I: Jive Lee > Flodown, Lead Up, Bloodbuzz Ohio (The National), Tumble, Thatch

Set II: Madhuvan, Silver Rising > Red Bird, This Old Sea > Don’t Do It (The Band)

Enc.: Hot Tea