Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Friday, 23 November 2012 23:21

Blue Man Group: inexplicable, bizarre, and mainstream

Written by Emily Piro
Rate this item
(0 votes)

The Details

Blue Man Group: inexplicable, bizarre, and mainstream
www.blueman.com / John Kasko

Blue Man Group is known for their highly theatrical productions – part concert, part comedy, part multi-media extraveganza.

Started in 1991 by a trio of friends as “a way to celebrate the human spirit through music, science, art and theatre,” the show has consistently defied definition. Apparently. Admittedly, I only knew them from the iconic IBM commercials. Blue Man Group also plays mega-houses, tours satirical rock concerts world-wide, runs a charter school in NYC, boasts a Grammy nominated album and produces DVD's, documentaries, television scores.

And yet, this iteration is the first national tour of the theatrical production. The show is pitched as a showcase of favorite Blue Man Group moments from their various endeavors. And there are certainly enough neon lights, swirling video projections, pop-culture references and, yes, paint splatters and percussive symphonies to satisfy.

So how can something so inexplicable and bizarre be such a mainstream phenomenon? I think the popularity of shows like Blue Man Group proves that deep down, we all have a desire for the avante garde. To have the oddities of our day-to-day existence gently examined by something even weirder is somehow cathartic. And what better way to celebrate that release of tension, of the constricts of social norms, that confirmation of “Yes, our culture is strange and fascinating and by Jove, we are interesting creatures too” than with a giant dance party and some good old primal beats.

The three blue men produce surprisingly engaging scenes of mundane moments. Routine is the name of the game. There's a lot of wide, glistening eyes examining – each other, the audience, every day contraptions – punctuated by bursts of unprecedented discovery, surprising themselves as much as the audience. And yet, for a show that deems to explore the intricacies of humanity, conformity seems the unsettling subtext. Variation is used as an exclamation point, but is quickly squelched with watery, perhaps judging, stares – and the one blue man that, for a moment, stood out, quickly submits back to the intentionally nondescript posse. What does that mean for us, the culture that invented these inquisitive interchangeable azure sentinels?

All in all, Blue Man Group is generally what you'd expect. A fun show, with just enough provocation to be culturally relevant, but it probably won't leave you with much introspection. And you'll have plenty of chances to boogie throughout the night. As a live show, it's enough like performance art to shake up the routine (so to say), but safe enough in its content for an evening of entertainment that doesn't threaten too much thinking.

Blue Man Group continues at the Fabulous Fox Theater through December 2nd. For more information, you may call 534-1111 or visit fabulousfox.com.

Additional Info

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


Karate Bikini - A Simpler Sugar

Wed November 26
Karate Bikini is an eight piece ensemble who's members hail from St. Louis and the metro area. They are a large band with a large sound. Their latest album A Simpler Sugar is full of upbeat pop songs,…

KDHX Recommends

January
Saturday
17

Recording Clinic with Patrick Crecelius

KDHX is proud to host a DIY mixing workshop for musicians at The Stage at KDHX. The clinic will be taught by Patrick Crecelius of Cedar Box Studio. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, his credits include such local artists as Ryan...


January
Sunday
18

88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round Welcomes The Boogers

The Boogers are the brainchild of Dr. Paul Crowe. Fatherhood, a PhD in Developmental Psychology, and 20 years of sloggin' it in wretched clubs as a punk rocker - even opening for Dee Dee Ramone and Marky Ramone - formed Paul's...


February
Sunday
01

Discovery Series

The Discovery Series, a 10-event series spanning February to June, 2015, will not only bring you new music, but also music-focused interactive sessions that take a look at how music plays a role in our society. Each month the...


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Online Users

7 users and 11623 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook