Jam Central Station 3.23.13: They Might Be Giants - 3.17.13 - The Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
Posted by Jeff Modzelewski on 03.23.2013
They Might Be Giants comes to Cleveland...
Happy weekend all! Insert stereotypical weather complaint here. Seriously, what the heck Spring? I want a refund. Argh. Anyways, I won't complain, and I'll instead get on with the music for everyone!
.Ok, I know that They Might Be Giants isn't a jam band in the traditional sense. Ok, they're not even a jam band in almost any sense. But I'm yet to meet a single person that doesn't enjoy the band at least a little bit. Whether you were first exposed to They Might Be Giants on a certain afternoon cartoon show (the way I was), you were a fan of them as a big player in the late 80's indie rock scene, or you've been exposed to their more recent children's albums, there's really nothing about this band that's not to love. They have great lyrics, their music is fun, and while they certainly have a pop-rock sound they are anything but manufactured or overproduced. They've been going strong for three decades, and I was happy to see them in Cleveland last weekend.
By the time I got to the Beachland Ballroom, the place was packed. The show was sold out, and, since I didn't arrive at my usual time (when doors opened), I not only had trouble finding a parking spot, we could barely get in the door to the ballroom. My wife and I were able to squeeze in and get a decent spot near the front of the venue on the left side. We caught the final few songs of Moon Hooch's set, and they were just as high-energy and exciting as I remembered them being when they opened for Lotus in January. After a pretty brief intermission, They Might Be Giants literally ran onto the stage to flashing lights and entrance music, and proceeded to jump right into an energetic and exciting show.
The band put on a 2 hour performance that featured crowd interaction, jokes, puppets, and plenty of music. The certainly didn't rely on their "hits" either, with "Dr. Worm," "Ana Ng," and "Birdhouse In Your Soul" being the only "radio hits" that they played. Of course, a band like They Might Be Giants would have trouble relying heavily on radio hits, since they're such a cult-favorite band. Many of the songs came from their new album Nanobots, which had the same nerd/rock style that the band has been known for. They mixed up their style, with a lot of poppy keyboard/accordion based songs along with stuff like "The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)" and the funky song "S-E-X-X-Y."
The crowd played along with the band throughout the set. Fans yelled out obscure older songs, and at one point the band asked when this became a request show. For their part the band took jabs right back at the crowd, joking about the similarities between the Beachland Ballroom and a high school auditorium as well as making it clear that they were going to "play songs we are very familiar with as well as songs we hardly know at all." They didn't appear out of sorts for any of their songs, however, even the 21-"song" "Fingertips" set. And, for songs like "Dr. Worm" and "Birdhouse in Your Soul" the band displayed tremendous energy and they weren't afraid to alter the songs enough so that the audience wasn't just hearing a playback of a popular song.
This was easily one of the most fun concerts I've been to in a while. The band doesn't take themselves too seriously , but there's no doubt that they are, at heart, a solid rock and roll band. They are focused on putting on an entertaining show, and they're willing to use hand-held spotlights, sock puppets, and even audience members to make that happen. They're certainly not resting on their 90's hits either, mixing in songs from every era of the band. If you've never seen They Might Be Giants, you should check them out. If you have seen them, I'm guessing you're already planning on seeing them again.
Gathering of the Vibes announces lineup
The Gathering of the Vibes announced their 2013 lineup. The festival will continue to pay tribute to their Grateful Dead roots with Phil Lesh & Friends headlining two nights. The festival will also feature The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks band, The Roots, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, John Butler Trio, Railroad Earth, and many others.
TomorrowWorld to come to Georgia
The first ever TomorrowWorld Festival will take place from Septbember 27-29 in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. The festival will be the American version of the extremely popular Belgian festival TomorrowLand. Tickets go on sale April 24.
Jam Cruise 2014
Jam Cruise will be back in 2014. The cruise/festival will sail from January 4-9, 2014 on a new ship, the MSC Divina. The festival will also sail from Miami instead of Ft. Lauderdale. The lineup will be announced May 1.
Dawes announces tour dates
Dawes announced their upcoming summer tour dates. The band will be hitting many major venues across the country, playing some larger venues than they have in the past. They'll also be playing shows with Bob Dylan as well as Dr. Dog, The Avett Brothers, and Grace Potter 7 The Nocturnals.
March 20 Nashville, TN—Grimey's
March 21 Baltimore, MD—Sound Garden
March 27 Portland, ME—Bull Moose
March 28 Burlington, VT—Pure Pop
March 29 Jay, VT—Foeger Ballroom at Jay Peak Resort*
April 2 Minneapolis, MN—Electric Fetus
April 5 Buffalo, NY—SUNY Buffalo (Alumni Arena)*
April 6 Amherst, MA—UMass Amherst (Mullins Center)*
April 7 Knoxville, TN—Rhythm ‘N Blooms
April 8 Kingston, RI—University of Rhode Island (Ryan Center)*
April 9 Lowell, MA—UMass Lowell (Tsongas Center)*
April 10 Lewiston, ME—Androscoggin Bank Colisée*
April 12 Newark, DE—University of Delaware (Bob Carpenter Center)*
April 13 California, PA—California University (Convocation Center)*
April 14 Ithaca, NY—Cornell University (Barton Hall)*
April 16 Richmond, VA—Landmark Theatre*
April 18 Bethlehem, PA—Lehigh University (Stabler Arena)*
April 19 Akron, OH—University of Akron (EJ Thomas Hall)*
April 20 Kalamazoo, MI—Wings Stadium*
April 21 Bowling Green, OH—Bowling Green State University (Stroh Center)**
April 23 St. Louis, MO—Peabody Opera House*
April 24 Springfield, MO—Missouri State University (JHG Arena)*
April 25 Champaign, IL—University of Illinois (Assembly Hall)*
April 26 Seattle, WA—Showbox at the Market%
April 28 Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom%
April 30 Asheville, NC—US Cellular Center*
May 1 Charlotte, NC—Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre*
May 2 Raleigh, NC—Red Hat Amphitheater*
May 4 Charleston, SC—Family Circle Magazine Stadium*
May 5 St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre*
May 24 Bellevue, CO—Mishawaka Amphitheatre
May 26 Englewood, CO—Gothic Theatre
May 31 Austin, TX—Tower Amphitheater#
June 1 Dallas, TX—KXT's Summer Cut at the Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 2 Houston, TX—Free Press Summer Festival
June 4 New Orleans, LA—Tipitina's^
June 5 Mobile, AL—Alabama Music Box^
June 7 Atlanta, GA—Buckhead Theatre^
June 8 Birmingham, AL—Sloss Furnace$
June 9 Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium^
June 14 Newport, KY—Southgate House^
June 15 Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak Music Theater^
June 16 Columbus, OH—The Bluestone^
June 19 Washington, DC—9:30 Club^
June 22 New York, NY—Terminal 5^
July 5 Ottawa, ON—Ottawa Bluesfest
July 6 Toronto, ON—Toronto Urban Blues Fest
July 10 Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue^
July 12-14 Louisville, KY—The Forecastle Festival
July 14 Iowa City, IA—Englert Theatre^
July 16 Memphis, TN—Minglewood Hall^
July 17 Little Rock, AR—Revolution Music Room^
July 20 Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue^
July 23 Baltimore, MD—Ram's Head^
July 24 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater^
August 30-September 1 North Dorset, UK—End of the Road Festival
*=with Bob Dylan
%=co-headlining with Dr. Dog #=with The Avett Brothers and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
^=supported by Shovels & Rope
March 21-24, 2013
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Peter Rowan, Keller and the Keels, Jerry Douglas, Cornmeal, Leftover Salmon, Donna the Buffalo, The Travelin' McCoury's, Elephant Revival, and many others.
Ultra Music Festival
March 15-17, 2013
March 22-24, 2013
Performers include: Tiesto, David Guetta, Above & Beyond, Bassnectar, Fatboy Slim, Richie Hawtin, Crystal Castles, deadmau5, Major Lazer, Thievery Corporation, and many others.
March 21-24, 2012
April 12-14, 2013
April 19-21, 2013
Performers include: Stone Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bassnectar, xx, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed, Postal Service, Grizzley Bear, Wu-Tang Clan, Lumineers, and many others.
April 18-20, 2013
Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, and many others.
April 25-28, 2013
Wilkes Community College
Performers include: The Avett Brothers, Gov't Mule, Jerry Douglas, Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna the Buffalo, Sam bush, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and many others.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 26-May 5, 2013
New Orleans, LA
Performers include: Dave Matthews Band, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Widespread Panic, B.B. King, The Black Keys, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Maroon 5, and a very diverse lineup of many other artists.
Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 4-5, 2013
Performers include: The Lumineers, Band of Horses, Drive By Truckers, Jim James Band, Gary Clark Jr., Dr. Dog, and many others
May 10-12, 2013
Napa Valley, CA
Performers include: Furthur, The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, Cake, Alabama Shakes, The Black Crowes, Ben Harper, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and many others.
Hangout Music Festival
May 17-19, 2013
Gulf Shores, AL
Performers include: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Trey Anastasio Band, Bassnectar, The Black Crowes, Big Gigantic, moe., Passion Pit, Imagine Dragons, and many others.
Summer Camp Music Festival
Three Sisters Park
Performers include: moe., Umphrey's McGee, Trey Anastasio Band, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Thievery Corp., Big Gigantic, Lettuce, Cornmeal, Keller Williams, and many others.
May 23-26, 2013
Performers include: The Del McCoury Band, Trey Anastasio Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled by Turtles, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.
Dark Star Jubilee
May 24-26, 2013
Performers include: 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra, Mickey Hart Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The Wailers, The Werks, Greensky Bluegrass, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, Elephant Revival, and many others.
May 24-26, 2013
Clay's Park Resort
North Lawrence, OH
Performers include: 2 nights of ekoostik hookah, Rusted Root, Col. Bruce Hampton, The Congress, Fletcher's Grove, Dragon Wagon, and many others
Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 24-27, 2013
Performers include: Mumford and Sons, The Postal Service, Sigur Ros, Vampire Weekend, Primus, The Lumineers, The xx, Cake, Arctic Monkeys, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and many others
May 30-June 2, 2013
Performers include: Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band, STS9, The Black Crowes, Umphrey's McGee, Dispatch, Shpongle, Snoop Lion, Gogol Bordello, Zed's Dead, Rebolution, and many others.
June 6-9, 2013
Hunter Mountain, NY
Performers include: Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov't Mule, Widespread Panic, Primus, The Avett Brothers, Dispatch, The Lumineers, Gary Clark Jr., Soulive, ALO, and many others.
Governors Ball Music Festival
June 7-9, 2013
New York City, NY
Performers include: Guns and Roses, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, The Avett Brothers, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Thivery Corp., Gary Clark Jr., and many others
June 10-14, 2012
Full Moon resort
Big Indian, NY
This 4-day music camp will feature members of Railroad Earth in an assortment of workshops, performances, discussions and other sessions to help aspiring musicians and those interested in the music industry to gain an insight into the inner workings of the band. A variety of accommodations are available, and musicians of all skill levels are accepted.
Performers include: Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Bjork, Wilco, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Passion Pit, Of Mosters and Men, ZZ Top, and many more.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 20-23, 2013
Performers include: Mumford & Sons, The String Cheese Incident, Dispatch, Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush Band, Jackson Brown, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas Band, Punch Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, and many others.
Firefly Music Festival
June 21-23, 2013
The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway
Performers include: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avett Brothers, dispatch, The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes, and many others.
Solid Sound Festival
June 21-23, 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art
North Adams, MA
Hosted by Wilco. Other performers include: Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Neko Case, White Denim, and many others.
Electric Forest Festival
June 27-30, 2013
Double JJ Ranch and Resort
Performers include: String Cheese Incident (3 nights), Pretty Lights, Lotus, Passion Pit, Dispatch, Beats Antique, Railroad Earth, Trombone Shorty, Digital Tape Machine, Jeff Austin & Friends, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others
High Sierra Music Festival
July 4-7, 2013
Performers include: Primus, Thievery Corp., moe., Steel Pulse, Leftover Salmon, The Greyboy Alllstars, Infamous Stringdusters, and many others.
Performers include: Robert Plant, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Slightly Stoopid, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, B. Love & Special Sauce, STS9, Galactic, and many others
July 11-13, 2013
Indian Lookout Country Club
July 12-14, 2013
Performers include: The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, The String Cheese Incident, The Avett Brothers, The Alabama Shakes, Jim James, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Animal Collective, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.
All Good Music Festival
July 18-21, 2013
Performers include: Furthur, Pretty Lights, Primus, STS9, Grace Potter 7 The Nocturnals, The Infamous Stringdusters, and many more.
Northwest String Summit
July 18-21, 2013
North Plains, OR
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Keller Williams & Friends, and many others.
Pitchfork Music Festival
July 19-21, 2013
July 25-28, 2013
Performers include: The Lumineers, John Butler Trio, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Trampled by Turtles, Blitzen Trapper, and many others.
Gathering of the Vibes
July 25-28, 2013
Performers include: Phil Lesh & Friends (2 nights), The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, John Butler Trio, Railroad Earth, and many others
Newport Folk Festival
July 27-28, 2013
Performers include: The Lumineers, Andrew Bird, Shovels & Rope, and many others
Newport Jazz Festival
August 2-4, 2013
August 9-11, 2013
Snow Ridge Ski Resort
August 9-11, 2013
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
The Peach Music Festival
August 15-18, 2013
Performers include: The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Weir & Rat Dog, The Black Crowes, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Railroad Earth, Galactic, and many others.
August 22-24, 2013
Performers include: Kyle Hollingsworth Band, EOTO, Keller Williams, Team Leaf Green, Zoogma, Conspirator, Break Science, The Motet, and many others.
September 6-8, 2013
Chattahoochee Hills, GA
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
October 4-6, 2013
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
Austin City Limits
October 4-6, 2013
October 11-13, 2013
January 4-9, 2014
I hope you all have a great week coming up. I want to take a second to pimp the folks over at relaXsonic. They're running a contest that can get you some awesome prizes. If you haven't seen these guys, they're the Gong folks that you'll see at festivals all over the country. If you have a chance to get Gonged, do it! Anyways, Until next week head over to Jam Central Station onFacebook and Twitter for up to the minute concert announcements and festival additions. Until next week, Jam On!