Guster's Porchfest Show Draws Massive Crowds, Ends Early Due to Medical Emergency

Guster played a free show at Somerville's Porchfest, drawing a massive crowd that caused traffic delays and prompted a community alert. The set ended early due to a medical emergency, but the band's surprise performance demonstrated their enduring popularity.

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Guster's Porchfest Show Draws Massive Crowds, Ends Early Due to Medical Emergency

Guster's Porchfest Show Draws Massive Crowds, Ends Early Due to Medical Emergency

On the weekend, the Boston alternative rock group Guster played a free show at Somerville's annual outdoor music festival, Porchfest, organized by the Somerville Arts Council. The event, which has been running since 2011, transforms the neighborhood into a decentralized music festival and community event.

Guster, known for songs like "Satellite" and "Amsterdam," performed in front of an intensely packed crowd. Vocalist and guitar player Ryan Miller stated, "This is the most people that have been on Aberdeen. Ever." Drone footage revealed people standing in every possible crevice of the block, with the crowd size causing traffic delays and prompting a warning from the Somerville Community Alert System.

Unfortunately, the set ended early due to a medical emergency in the crowd. Miller jokingly commented, "This may be our last PorchFest, f***. It's like the Beatles. They get too close to these middle-aged beards and they're like, 'Oh my God. Receding hairlines? I can't contain myself!'" During their abbreviated set, Guster played some of their own material, including "Amsterdam," and a cover of "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac.

However, the sheer size of the fanbase prevented many from hearing most of the music. Thirty-year-old Andy Cawley stated, "I've heard about as much Guster music as I heard before now, which is none of it." Guster posted a picture of their perspective of the crowd to their Facebook page, showing people as far as the eye can see, even in the upper decks of the houses across the street.

Guster formed in 1991 while its members attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. The band has released eight studio albums, achieving success in the alternative rock scene with hit singles like "Fa Fa" and "Amsterdam." Porchfest, started in 2011 by the Somerville Arts Council, is an annual event where residents and businesses volunteer their porches to bands for the day, creating a unique community music festival experience.

Despite the early ending, Guster's appearance at Porchfest 2024 drew one of the largest crowds in the festival's history. Miller joked that they would return next year, but wouldn't announce it, saying, "We'll be back next year but we're not gonna tell anybody we're playing next time. You'll just have to find us, like Whac-A-Mole." The band's surprise performance and the overwhelming turnout demonstrate their enduring popularity and the community's enthusiasm for live music events like Porchfest.

Key Takeaways

  • Guster played a free show at Somerville's Porchfest, drawing a massive crowd.
  • The event was so packed that it caused traffic delays and a community alert.
  • The set ended early due to a medical emergency in the crowd.
  • Despite the early ending, Guster's appearance drew one of the largest crowds in Porchfest history.
  • The band's surprise performance demonstrated their enduring popularity.