They Might Be Giants performs 2 shows at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts October 30
The Grammy® Award winning alternative band from Brooklyn, They Might Be Giants (TMBG), will perform two shows at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 30: A family show at 2 p.m. and an adult (14 years and older) show at 8 p.m. The Kelley Theater doors will open one half hour prior to each show. Tickets are $25. TMBG is sponsored in part by WFUV Radio 90.7 FM, WFUV.org and is an Arts & Minds presentation.
Founded by John Linnell and John Flansburgh more than twenty-five years ago, They Might Be Giants has won two Grammy® awards, recorded albums that have earned gold and platinum status, become innovators in the business of music and after huge successes as an alternative band, developed a new and young audience with "No!," the band's first child-oriented album that debuted at #1 on the Billboard "Top Kid Audio Chart." Their latest release, "Kids Go!," is a children's book with accompanying music.
Over the years, TMBG's adult music has developed darker colors than earlier work. According to Flansburgh, songs on "The Else," released in 2007 are the band's "least cuddly." This album has two distinctions: it is the first to have no accordion and no song is under two minutes, thereby providing no single release. With no possibility of singles, the band made that an advantage and created four animated music videos of the album's songs, which were released online.
Around the same time, TMBG released "Here Come the 123s," the second album in a series of three children's albums on Disney Sound, which sold so well in the children's music world, that TMBG was #9 on Billboard's Year-End Top Kids Artists of 2008 and earned the band their second Grammy®. The third in the "Here Comes" series was "Here Comes Science," which debuted on iTunes in 2009.
When touring, TMBG has expanded its personnel to include Dan Miller on guitar, Danny Weinkauf on bass and Marty Beller on drums. Weinkauf has been TMBG's bassist since the late 90s and previously performed in a band called Lincoln with Dan Miller. He has written songs for and performed on three of TMBG's four children's albums, as have Miller and Beller. Miller has also been associated with both Johns of TMBG since the late 90s. He is heard on many of the children's albums' tracks and co-wrote the song "Infinity" with Robert Sharenow on "Here Come the 123s." Beller wrote and sang "Alphabet Lost and Found," on "Here Come The ABCs," "High Five!" on "Here Come The 123s" and "Speed and Velocity" on "Here Comes Science."
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Posted on October 18, 2010
Vol. 43, No. 81