Many bands come into a city and proclaim their love without any forethought. It just comes off as part of the act and for the most part, you rarely get that Spinal Tap moment, but on occasion it happens. New Orleans brings music loves to her without even trying. OK Go is without exception one of the biggest contradictions to that "Hello Cleveland" notion when it comes to the city.
Post Katrina the band returned to New Orleans to record an EP with Bonerama and producer Mark Nevers to raise money for musicians who were still displaced by the storm. You're Not Alone, was released on Mardi Gras, February 5, 2008. The title is taken from a line in David Bowie's "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide," that appears on the EP, along with renditions of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" and three songs from Oh No. The EP was sold exclusively through iTunes and raised over $40,000, which helped buy a new home for New Orleans musician Al "Carnival Time" Johnson in the Musicians Village. Johnson sings on "I Will Be Released," the final song on the EP. Another notable track on the EP was "Louisiana Land." Until Saturday night's show, the track had never been played live. As a special bonus, the band invited Shammar Allen of Bonerama to come and play on the very track he helped record to be followed by "Skyscraper" another that was recorded for a live EP here in New Orleans too that Allen also played on.
The rest of the show was a blur of alt-pop bliss and confetti. If you left the show the same way you went in, you just weren't paying attention. You can see their set list here: as well as an extended photo gallery here.
Steve Hatley is a local photographer and live music enthusiast. You can see more of his stuff here.