Curt is providing his one-man horn section for TMBG again in the east. The Eastern United States tour is getting underway April 13th through April 29th, 2018. Stops will include College St Music Hall in New Haven, the 9:30 Club in DC, Mr. Smalls in Millvale, PA, Madison Theater in Covington KY, Anthology in Rochester, Higher Ground in Burlington, State Theater in Portland ME, Hart Theater at the Egg in Albany, Academy of Music in Northampton, House of Blues in Boston and of course TLA in Philly!
Concert review: They Might Be Giants brings nerd rock to Columbus
Over three decades John Linnell and John Flansburgh, the frontmen of They Might Be Giants, have been cranking out non-stop, high-quality alternative rock music as showcased in their show Thursday night at Newport Music Hall.
Although the group’s tour is focused on promoting its newest album “I Like Fun,” it was clear from the outset that Linnell and Flansburgh just wanted to have a good time with the audience, playing both a few new songs and a bunch of older ones from the band’s massive discography.
With comedy bits and nonsensical dorky lyrics in between songs, it’s clear that They Might Be Giants does loves to have fun on stage. The band is one of the titans of the nerd rock industry for a reason.
I was surprised to see how outstanding the group’s instrumental talents were live. Made up of six people in total, They Might Be Giants is full of several obscure instruments, with the exceptions of vocalist/guitarist Flansburgh, bassist Danny Weinkauf, and other guitarist Dan Miller.
Percussionist Marty Beller played everything from the traditional drum set to the electric timpani. Linnell took vocals, keyboard, sound effects, accordion and alto clarinet. Most impressive was Curt Ramm on horns who, during “Istanbul (Not Constantinople),” switched between trumpet and trombone so much that he had one in each hand at all times.
Even after about 36 years performing, Linnell and Flansburg always appeared to be having the time of their lives, whether they were playing newer songs like “I Left My Body,” or tracks from their first album, such as “Number Three.”
The concert was split into sets and had no opening act. The band’s discography is long enough to play a concert that lasts longer than five hours, and still have songs leftover.
Energy from both the audience and They Might Be Giants was through the roof, especially during “The Guitar” and “Twisting.”
There were two encores which contained all old hits like “Dr. Worm” and “Dead,” but what really brought everyone together was an inspiring rendition of “Birdhouse in Your Soul.”
They Might Be Giants never fail to bring a smile to the faces of alternative rock lovers and this high-energy performance, full of jokes, horn solos and wacky effects, was no exception.
Curt is joining TMBG for a whirlwind tour of the western United States in February and March.The band is on the road, celebrating its newest record release “I Like Fun!” Curt performs on a few tracks on the new musical outing and is very excited about the road-trip. Curt will be playing Schilke Trumpets as well as valve trombone and euphonium on the tour.
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Curt will be joining They Might Be Giants for their “home stand” New Years Eve shows on January 30th and 31st at the Music Hall of Williamsburg!
Its going to be big-fun and definitely a must see.
Check out the Music Hall of Williamsburg website or www.theymightbegiants.com/tickets for details.
Autism Rocks, the charity that specialises in raising funds for autism research and support, has today announced that the legendary CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers will be performing a special Christmas concert in London.
The show, Autism Rocks Sessions with CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, will be held at the Eventim Apollo on 23 December. Tickets go on sale from AXS.com 19 Oct, 10AM.