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Review+Photos: OK Go at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 12.9.16

By D.C. Music Download | Shows

Photos by Brian Murphy/Words by Jenna Robinson 

After receiving the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award for their video “Upside Down and Inside Out,” OK Go treated some of their die-hard fans to an intimate show and Q&A discussion on Friday.

Despite it being an acoustic set, the band still played with the same intensity and energy as any other show. For the most part, everything went on without a hitch, sans a minor technical difficulty with Damian Kulash’s guitar. During this short downtime, the band performed a scene from Les Misérables, something they normally do when experiencing technical difficulties.

Afterwards, the band had the entire crowd singing along with them to their song “This Too Shall Pass,” before jumping into their hour and a half discussion. The talk focused on the band’s upbringing, the challenges of being in a band as you get older (especially with kids), the process of making some of their most well-known music videos, and also took a bunch of questions from the audience. Some of the interesting stuff that came up: there’s one memorable OK Go video that has never seen the light of day, involving bassist Tim Nordwind dressing up in drag. The one copy of it ended up being taped over by accident. And, on an average show night, the band goes through about 80 pounds of confetti (all biodegradable, of course).

Check out some of the photos we captured from Friday’s show:

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Damian Kulash kicks off the evening with an acoustic performance.

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Three out of the four members of OK Go perform at the Hirshhorn.

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OK Go performs live in front of a packed audience

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The band performs a scene from Les Miserables

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Kulash begins playing “This Too Shall Pass” on the guitar

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Kulash encourages the crowd to sing along with the band as they play “This Too Shall Pass.”

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Tim Nordwind on the xylophone

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Kulash and Andy Ross sing along with the crowd

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OK Go finishes up their acoustic set

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Kulash belts out the lyrics during OK Go’s final song of the evening

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OK Go participates in a question and answer session

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