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Showers Dampen OK Go Performance

Erin Thomassen | Monday, September 2, 2013

Alternative rock band OK Go returned to Notre Dame Friday for a high-energy performance, but rain and wild behavior by band members underwhelmed students.

Though rain and lightning postponed the concert for one hour, the band was still “pretty high energy” when they came out, freshman Nate Marti said.

Marti said first year students mostly attended the concert.  

The event, held outside Legends of Notre Dame, featured a rock wall and trampoline in addition the concert. Because it was held outdoors, inclement weather challenged concert-goers and performers alike.

“[Due to the rain], they should have moved the concert inside because it was a small enough crowd,” senior Alex Penler said.

Penler said the event did not draw a large crowd, though he said he enjoyed the concert.

“There wasn’t as much dancing as one might expect, because the crowd was so small,” Penler said. “If it hadn’t been game weekend with all the Irish shenanigans, more students would have attended.”

Senior Deborah Parks said she is happy she attended the concert, despite the poor weather.

 “The rain made it kind of gross,” she said, ” but they were a good band.” Despite the rain, she “would choose to go again.”

The band used Notre Dame fans’ pre-game excitement to its advantage, heightening the crowd’s energy by telling them Notre Dame was “going to smash Temple,” Marti said.

Marti said they also got the crowd involved with clapping and coming out into the crowd, but he said some students seemed frustrated by the band’s behavior.  

Lead singer Damian Kulash “dropped five or six f-bombs while onstage,” Marti said.

Penler also said she felt OK Go should have behaved differently during their performance at Notre Dame.

“[The band] was obviously drunk … and used the f-word more than was appropriate for catholic school,” Penler said.

Still, some of the students who turned out for the show said they were long-time fans of the band.

Junior Kenny Kraynik said he listened to the band in middle school.

He said a highlight for him was when the band broke out hand bells and played their normal songs “with cool harmonies.”

OK Go filmed their music video, “This Too Shall Pass,” while on campus with the Notre Dame Marching Band in 2010.

Before they left, OK Go tweeted a picture of the music video and a message that read, “Thank you to the marching band who stayed at school over fall break so they could be in the video.”