OK Go Delivers a Show To Remember
Over the past dozen years, they’ve only released four albums, including their excellent recent release, Hungry Ghosts. While OK Go has not exactly poured out non-stop new music, they have churned out an amazing number of ingenious high quality videos.
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There’s been a tremendous buzz around OK Go and their innovative and captivating videos, highlighted by their 2007 Grammy Award winning video for “Here It Goes Again,” and I’ve heard that they offered up an excellent live show, but until their show at The Beacham late last week, I’d never had the chance to experience it.
Simply put, this talented quartet offers up an amazing live experience that I will never miss again. I see 100 artists per year, and have witnessed a slew of kick ass concerts, but I have never seen anything like the multi-sensory extravaganza that this band dishes out. Videos, technology, live footage, special effects, audience participation, three trombones and confetti – lots of confetti.
The show kicked off with a montage of movie and TV scenes with characters speaking “OK” and “Go,” culminating with Kermit the Frog’s “OK Go” and the show was off. The band kicked into “Upside Down & Inside Out” which along with “You’re So Damn Hot” was played with the foursome hiding behind a semi-transparent video screen plastered with a collage of band member photos and psychedelic images. It was a cool twist for sure, but the crowd was excited when the curtain finally dropped before “The Writing On The Wall.”
And, that’s when the confetti started. Two huge cannons flanked the stage and filled the air frequently. There was literally an inch of confetti on the ground by the end of the show, not to mention in 90% of my photos, in my mouth, in my hair and inside my clothes.
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Before “I Want You So Bad I Can’t Breathe,” frontman Damian Kulash welcomed the crowd, and reminded us that on his last visit to the city he ended up sleeping in a jail cell. Then, he held a quick Q&A with the fans – something he repeated again late in the show and an item that bassist Tim Nordwind took a turn at, as well. It was great stuff, and we got a priceless glimpse at the humorous improvisational talents the two lifelong friends shared. We learned that they met at summer camp nearly 30 years ago, that Kulash was arrested for ignoring an undercover female cop with a bad sense of humor, and that broccoli and olives have no place on an OK Go pizza.
I loved the nerdiest part of the show, which was another very cool audience participation moment, but I’ll let you all experience that for yourselves, and not spill the beans about it here. Other highlights included an invigorating singalong version of “This Too Shall Pass” and the dual guitar fronted “Get Over It” where keyboardist/guitarist Andy Ross joined Kulash for dual solos. Kulash also journeyed into the crowd for a nice acoustic version of “Last Leaf.” And, late in the set, the quartet cranked out a rocking cover version of “Black Dog, where drummer Dan Konopka wonderfully channeled the spirit of John Bonham. (The full setlist is provided below)
For their encore, it was another fantastic excursion into their fertile minds. We saw a video montage, a choreographed dance number, two tracks with the members of Bonerama (three trombone players) joining them on stage, and a frenetic finale of “Here It Hoes Again” that include a few dozen audience members joining them on stage.
Absolute genius, and a show that any music fans needs to see.
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Upside Down & Inside Out
You’re So Damn Hot
The Writing’s On the Wall
I Want You So Bad I Can’t Breathe
This Too Shall Pass
There’s a Fire
I’m Not Through
Get Over It
The One Moment
I Won’t Let You Down
Do What You Want
Black Dog (Led Zeppelin cover)
Turn Up the Radio
A Million Ways
Skyscrapers (with Bonerama)
Here It Goes Again (with Bonerama)