You’ve probably heard the rumors… everyone in town is talking about it… and yes, it’s true! They Might Be Giants are coming to the Regent Theatre in Arlington next month for two benefit family shows: May 23rd at 12pm and 3pm.
So what got TMBG’s John Flansburgh and John Linnell interested in kids’ music? I got to ask John F. that question and his response was that, well, it just kind of happened: “We had been going for twenty years and it seemed safe to do it as a one off, and then it became so successful we ended up doing more kids projects essentially by popular demand. Like everything else in our careers, it was an accident.” And a happy accident at that.
TMBG have a way of moving between the adult and child genres that most bands can’t quite pull off. Their kids’ music isn’t sappy or dull. They delve into serious topics in their science CD, like evolution or photosynthesis, without sounding preachy. Though you may think TMBG are trying to teach lessons with their songs, that’s not really the point at all. Mostly, they’re just singing about things that interest them.
“I don’t think we feel it’s that important that kids learn so much from our music,” says John F., “I think we enjoy the ideas that are introduced in the songs, but we’re not educators and it kind of makes us uncomfortable having to be that responsible. But we enjoy the topics we write about, and I think that comes through.”
TMBG and Boston By Foot
So what’s the benefit behind the benefit concert? And how can you win a chance to see They Might Be Giants for free?
John and John are here to raise money for a worthy local non-profit, Boston By Foot. Boston By Foot provides guided walking tours of downtown Boston, pointing out interesting history and telling you the stories of the town while you wander about. It’s a great way to learn about Boston, both for tourists and locals alike.
John F. says, “So much history has happened in the streets of Boston, and one tour with Boston by Foot really tunes you in to that. It’d be hard to make it seem dry and historic—it’s actually pretty juicy and often just strange. The other thing a Boston by Foot tour shows you—and this stuck with me forever—it teaches you to look UP!”
Both shows at the Regent on May 23rd will benefit Boston By Foot. Tickets are $22 a piece and all concert goers can also use their ticket stubs to get a free tour from Boston by Foot, including Boston by Little Feet tours for kids, during the upcoming season.
Of course you want to catch TMBG when they’re here, and just by leaving a comment on this post you’ll be entered for a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of free tickets to the show!
All you have to do is comment on this post below or contact me and leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. Let me know why you and your family want to attend the show and which time you prefer, 12pm or 3pm. That’s it!
The winner will also receive a free copy of Here Comes Science courtesy of the band!
Would you like to earn an extra entry? You can…
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- or email five of your friends and tell them about this contest.
Be sure to send me an email or comment on this post to let me know what you did for your extra entry.
This contest will end Monday May 17th at midnight!