I went to see OK Go last night… um… this is sounding familiar. Anyhow… given that you are obviously on The Internet, you probably know OK Go as the treadmill dance band or possibly even the backyard dance band.
Either way, you probably already know that they exude awesome… at least at choreographed dancing to their own music. What you may not know is that they totally kick ass live… even without treadmills (they were playing at Capitol which has a pretty tight stage).
Aside from being very talented musicians, they are very personable showmen. The entire show was more than just a band on a stage playing music. From a production angle, they had synchronised video including live feeds from cameras embedded around the stage and on the lead microphone.
In regards to the performance, they kept the audience engaged with conversation and encouraging participation. Damian (lead vocals) came out into the crowd a few times (which isn’t too out of the ordinary for a band), but I was surprised when most of the band came down into the crowd!
Around half-way through the show, Damian, Tim, and Andy (all band members except for Dan, the drummer) set up in the middle of the crowd and performed a few acoustic songs. They asked people standing nearby to sit down so that everyone could see. It was great!
One of the songs they played while in the crowd was A Million Ways, and someone in the audience started doing the associated dance. When OK Go realised, they stopped playing and asked for his name (“Dave” I think it was). He was really chuffed. It was cool.
At the end of the evening, they lined up and took a bow. It was fitting because they’re real performers. I wish that I had flowers to throw.
Conclusion: Superb! Best show I’ve been to in a long time.
I didn’t have my camera with me on the night, but I’ll try to get some photos from Minh or Tone (who used their fancy camera phones). In the meantime, I’ve embedded a few of the famous YouTube videos (of the band; not of this particular gig) after the jump.
Here it goes again (on treadmills!):