Since forming in 1998, OK Go have become known as much for their elaborate music videos as for the smart, melodic pop songs they accompany. When their 2006 dance on treadmills went viral, drawing tens of millions of views and helping fuel the explosion of the fledgling YouTube, the band leaned in and embraced the dissolution of creative boundaries in the digital era and produced a decade of genre-defying videos. Now, to celebrate their 20th anniversary they are taking their video tour and live concert experience on the road and performing a live soundtrack to their eye-catching and pioneering videos.
Lead singer Damian Kulash, who directs the videos, says, “We love writing songs, but we’re also just generally creatively lusty, and chasing that urge to make stuff usually takes us into territory we could never have predicted.”
On The Live Video Tour, OK Go point their beam of creativity at their stage show, once again ignoring boundaries and, in the process, inventing a new flavor of live entertainment. Rather than staging a traditional rock show, the polymath quartet play along in perfect sync with their iconic music videos on the silver screen, taking detours between songs to wander playfully into unexpected places. There’s a song performed on nothing but handbells, another on the homemade instruments (from their stunt-driving obstacle course music video), and an interactive one where the audience play along Guitar Hero-style, forming a vast orchestra of smart phones. These diverse performances are punctuated by surprisingly casual (and family-friendly) Q&A sessions, and it all adds up to a totally new type of event: part rock show, part film screening, part Blue Man Group, part Pop Up Magazine, and all OK Go.
Their band’s work has been honored with countless accolades, including a Grammy, three VMA’s, 21 Cannes Lions, and The Smithsonian Ingenuity Award. They’ve written op-eds for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone,they’ve testified before the US Congress, and they’ve collaborated with everyone from Google to The Muppets; they’ve even worked with UCLA biochemists to encode their work in strands of DNA.
Come check out their live-scored, family-friendly video shows kicking off this month with more dates coming soon.
October 19 in Omaha, NE at Holland Performing Arts
October 20 in Overland Park, KS at Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College
November 2 in Boston, MA at Berklee Performance Center
November 3 in Providence, RI at The Vets Memorial Theater
November 4 in Ithaca, NY at State Theater
November 17 in Calgary, Alberta at Jack Singer Concert Hall
December 14 in Mesa, AZ at Mesa Arts Center
December 15 in Tucson, AZ at Rialto Theatre
March 22 in Fairbanks, AK at Hering Auditorium
March 23 in Anchorage, AK at Atwood Concert Hall
April 26 in Cedar Falls, IA at Gallagher-Bluedorn PAC