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