Off-Broadway's Blue Man Group expanded the genre when it hit the New York theatre scene in 1991. Then, in 1999, the theatrical troupe crossed genres with the release of their first CD "Audio" followed by their television commercials for Pentium. Now the azure-skinned drummers will join the cross-country cross-genre music tour "Area:2" July 28-Aug. 16. A music festival founded by recording artist Moby in 2001, this year's "Area" tour features the founder with other music artists including David Bowie, Busta Rhymes and Ash. Blue Man Group will be performing music from their upcoming album.
The tour will launch from Virginia's Nissan Pavillion July 28 and venture to areas near Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle throughout the remainder of the summer.
Created by Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink, the group began performing on the streets of Manhattan and then graduated to downtown venues as P.S. 122 and Dixon Place. After a stint at 1991's Lincoln Center Serious Fun Festival and an Obie winning run at La MaMa, Blue Man Group opened their Tubes at Off Broadway's Astor Place Theatre Nov. 17, 1991 and is still playing. The production also has companies in Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas.
— by Ernio Hernandez