Sunday, August 26 at 2 p.m.
Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and
Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco
|Known for their viral videos and quirky sound, alternative rockers OK Go closed the 75th Season in celebratory style.|
|Local band The Family Crest opened with an eclectic blend of indie rock and classical musicianship.|
Los Angeles quartet OK Go have been called "the first post-internet band" and are at the forefront of an emerging class of independent creative entrepreneurs making art in both digital and physical spaces. OK Go's self-directed videos have been viewed over 150 million times on YouTube and the group has garnered accolades from everyone from PeopleÂ Magazine, MTV, and Billboard to Business Week, Apple, and pundit Stephen Colbert.
Childhood friends Damian Kulash (vocals, guitar) and Tim Nordwind (bass) formed OK Go in 1999 with Dan Konopka (drums), and were joined in 2005 by Andy Ross (guitar, keys). The band has forged a new model for the music industry, building an immense fan base through social media, and working with companies like State Farm,Â Samsung, and Range Rover to invest in their wildly popular videosÂ and sold-out tours.
OK Go played as the house band on a national tour with the NPR program This American Life before releasing their debut album in 2002, which featured a radio hit, â€œGet Over It.â€ Their 2005 album Oh No featured the single "Here It Goes Again," a Top 40 hit in America and the U.K., buoyed by the popularity of a music video which featured the quartet dancing on treadmills. OK Go took home a Grammy Award for the video and returned to the recording studio, where they created an EP, 2008's You're Not Alone. The album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky followed in 2010 and cracked the Top 40, with hits like "This Too Shall Pass" and â€œEnd Love.â€
OK Goâ€™s recent projects include an interactive video made with the Pilobolus dance company, a live album chronicling the 180 concerts they played in 2010, performances at Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, and a collaboration with The Muppets. They were nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for their interactive video with Pilobolous for the song, "All Is Not Lost."Â Kulash has penned editorials for TheÂ Times of London, TheÂ New York Times, andÂ TheÂ Washington Post, and testified before the U.S. Congress in support of net neutrality.
The Family Crest is an orchestral indie collective based in San Francisco. Beginning as a collaborative recording project in 2008, the group evolved by 2010 into a six-piece band featuring Liam McCormick (Voice and Guitar), John Seeterlin(Bass), Charlie Giesige (Drums, Percussion), Laura Bergmann (Flute, Percussion, Voice), and Lucas Chen (Cello), and Owen Sutt(Violin). Fusing rock, classical, folk, and jazz, the bandâ€™s versatile style has become a favorite of music lovers in San Francisco and around the world. The Family Crest released an EP, Songs from the Valley Below, in February 2010. Their debut LP, The Village, was pre-released at SXSW and will be released nationally in 2012.
Come visit our Facebook fan page and stay up to date on all things SGF related!
The Stern Grove Festival is on Twitter. Follow us and stay up-to-date on SGF happenings.
Copyright © 2013 Stern Grove Festival