Central Park SummerStage welcomes They Might Be Giants and Bill Childs for free, family-focused shows.
They Might Be Giants
Formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell, They Might Be Giants often performed as a duo in their early years, usually accompanied by a drum machine. In the 1990s, TMBG expanded to include a backing band. Over the course of their career, they have found success on the modern rock and CMJ charts, and more recently, in educational children’s music. TMBG have released 19 studio albums, including Flood, certified platinum, and including their children’s music albums Here Come the ABCs, Here Come the 123s, and Here Comes Science, all been certified gold. They've won two Grammy Awards, one in 2002 for their song “Boss of Me,” which is most famous as the theme song of the television series Malcolm in the Middle, and another in 2009 for “Here Come the 123s.” The SummerStage performance will spotlight science songs old and new, as well as audience favorites from both the adult and kids repertoire. Be ready: there will be audience participation.
This SummerStage show celebrates the tenth birthday of Bill Childs's “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” weekly radio show, based at KUTX in Austin, Texas, and syndicated nationally, playing “indie music for indie kids.” Just some of the illustrious artists (playing music aimed at kids) that are featured on the show include They Might Be Giants, Dan Zanes and Moona Luna. There are also a bunch of kid-friendly tracks from the likes of The Ramones, Mike Doughty, Ella Fitzgerald, Brian Eno, Fishbone, and oodles more. His associated record label, Spare the Rock Records, has raised over $125,000 for non-profits, including the Haitian People’s Support Project, Girls Inc., and It Gets Better.