Event Preview: OK Go

Published by Bernie LaRosa

You remember their pop hits like it was yesterday. But now you have the chance to see them in person at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center is thrilled to welcome OK Go for what should be a memorable evening.

A History of OK Go

Originally from Chicago, this American rock band formed in 1998. Music buffs often wonder how the group came up with the name. It actually stems from an art teacher of the band members saying, “OK…Go!” while they were drawing. The band started to gain traction when they self-released two EPs, titled “Brown EP” in 2000 and “Pink EP” in 2001. That year, they signed to Capitol Records. In 2002, the band released its debut album, called “OK Go.” The album was highlighted by the first single “Get Over It,” which later appeared in several sports video games. The band’s first album reached number one in the U.S. on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and got as high as #107 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Not to mention, the “Get Over It” video was named video of the week by Q Magazine.

OK Go released its second album in August 2005. “Oh No” skyrocketed in popularity thanks to its first single “A Million Ways.” By August 2006, the video became the most downloaded music video ever with over 9 million downloads. Group guitarist Andy Ross invented, designed, and programmed a web application which allowed people to hear the single and share it with friends in exchange for free downloads from iTunes.

Following the release of the “Here It Goes Again” video, OK Go released a deluxe DVD version of the album. It contains a documentary on the making of the album, the four official Capitol Records videos, as well as a number of never-before-seen band appearances.

In October 2008, the band released its third album, titled “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky.” The band members explained that these songs are the “danciest, most anthemic, most heartbroken, and honest songs” of their career. Furthermore, the album takes a more funky, yet melancholy sound to it, drawing influence from Prince.

Hungry Ghosts, the group’s fourth studio album, was released in May 2014. The album’s first single “The Writing’s on the Wall” was released about a month later, accompanied by a music video that reached well over one million views within a day.

Even today, no other band has been more wildly inventive or had more fun along the way to success. From their first viral hit with coordinated treadmills of “Here It Goes Again,” to their most recent paintball-exploding “The One Moment,” the group’s visuals are as engaging and infectious as their music itself. It’s safe to say that since they reached Los Angeles in the early 1990s, members Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, and Andy Ross have taken an approach that’s been incredibly beneficial for the entertainment industry as a whole. The infectious beat of their songs and their limitless musical creativity have reached millions through their viral videos and collaborations with dance companies, technology innovators, and The Muppets.

About the Bankhead Theater

If you’ve never been to the Bankhead Theater, now’s the time! This 507-seat venue has welcomed countless artists and audiences, bringing them together to share the rich experience of live performance. Whether it’s theatre, live music, comedy, or something different, the Bankhead is certain to engage, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages. The Bankhead isn’t your average performing arts venue. Rather, it provides an intimate venue for audiences and artists alike.  It’s no wonder the Grammy Award-winning vocal group Chanticleer has praised the Bankhead for its perfect acoustics. Whether seated in the darkened theater, waiting backstage for an entrance cue or enjoying a show outside, everyone comes together here to share in the power of live performances.  

The Performance

LVPAC is set to host “OK Go” Friday, November 3rd at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $50-$100. Please note that we offer student and active military prices for all performances. This event is expected to sell out quickly, so be sure to book your tickets as soon as possible.