Photo: Tre Cassetta
On Friday evening, December 7, Connecticut-based rock quintet Goose performed from a rooftop at Rockefeller Center for the continuation of a holiday tradition like no other. Called “Goosemas: Livestream from Rockefeller Center,” the band’s seventh annual holiday concert streamed exclusively on The Relix Channel on Twitch and drew over 60,000 worldwide viewers while raising over an astounding $45,000 with proceeds benefiting Save our Stages and Conscious Alliance.
“In a year when music and its empowering spirit has been stifled for so many, Goose’s performance was magic,” said Gus Field (Tishman Speyer / Rockefeller Center). “And what better place to do this than from Rockefeller Center, where culture and community come together to surprise and delight. A huge thank you to Goose and their amazing team, Peter Shapiro, and the Rockefeller Center team for making such a special evening possible.”
The livestream put the money towards two separate organizations; NIVA’s Save our Stages — a national charity that provides support to independent live event venues and promoters throughout the United States in these trying times; Conscious Alliance — a nonprofit that connects a network of creatives to collect large-scale donations in order to combat hunger in historically underserved communities. Donations made from Goosemas will help keep Conscious Alliance on the road this winter delivering 200,000 meals to kids and families in need. Every $1 donation = 2 meals to someone going without food this holiday season. Donations can be made at Goosemas.com through December 20th at 8pm ET.
Donning matching red ski suits atop a roof adjacent to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown Manhattan, Goose took to the stage just after 7 PM ET and kicked off an energetic, two-set performance highlighted by fan-favorite original tracks “Arcadia,” “All I Need,” and “Hot Tea.” Known for their uncanny ability to recreate cover songs in their signature style, while upholding the compositional integrity of the original piece, the band also incorporated covers of Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus and Lucy,” Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield,” and Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher” into the setlist.
Viewers were treated to pro-shot video and clever, dazzling holiday-themed stage design by Goedde Sound and Light, with multiple moving cameras capturing each band member in front of a breathtaking New York City backdrop.
“We are so happy to have had the opportunity to host Goosemas, especially with all of the uncertainty this year,” said Ben Atkind (Drums). “We’re so grateful so many people tuned in and donated to two organizations doing incredible work.”
Fans will have the opportunity to watch a free rebroadcast of the performance this Saturday, December 19th at 8 PM ET on the band’s Facebook and YouTube pages as well as on FANS.LIVE. Goose plans to continue connecting donations for the aforementioned organizations through December, 20th at 8:00 pm ET at www.goosemas.com.