WMU News

Music Binge Tour comes to campus Saturday

April 2, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- The College Television Network's Music Binge Tour makes a stop at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium Plaza Saturday, April 5.

OK Go, the tour's headlining band, will play at 5 p.m. with local guest artists, Zambonie. An activity fair is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. in the Miller Plaza.

During its initial run during the late 1970s and early '80s, the new wave movement was largely looked down upon as a disposable musical form by the critics. By the early 21st century, classic new wave groups such as the Cars, Devo and Blondie had left a noticeable mark on countless up-and-coming rock artists, including the Chicago-based quintet, OK Go.

Founding members Damian Kulash (vocals/guitar) and Tim Nordwind (bass) had been friends since age 11, and were members of other bands prior to the formation of OK Go in 1998. The band soon became a quartet, when additional members Dan Konopka (drums) and Andy Duncan (keyboards, guitar) were welcomed aboard. The outfit issued a few independent CD singles, which led to a recording contract with Capitol Records in 2002. The same year, OK Go's self-titled album, was issued. The album was buoyed by the radio play success of the single, "Get Over It".

The Music Binge Tour is noted as the "hottest college campus tour." The tour is sponsored in part by: Best Buy, the U.S. Army, Clairol, Levi's Jeans and Nintendo.

For more information visit the Campus Activities Board on the Web at <cab.wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Ian Belanger, 269 387-2112, ian.belanger@wmich.edu

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