by Lisa Kalner Williams
Categories: Music.

Yesterday, alternative band They Might Be Giants took to the stage at Arlington, Massachusetts’ Regent Theatre for two sold-out shows to benefit Boston By Foot.

It’s not every day that these nerd-rockers-come-kiddie-faves perform in the Beantown suburbs, but the beneficiary is close to the band’s heart – TMBG’s John Flansburgh’s mother, Polly, is the founder of Boston By Foot, a non-profit organization that provides thematic walking tours of Boston. All concertgoers were asked to keep their ticket stubs – these ripped papers will be redeemable for a future admission to a Boston By Foot tour.

These two family-friendly shows featured songs primarily from the band’s latest release, “Here Comes Science.” Kids and their ‘rents learned about the periodic table (“Meet The Elements”), prehistoric life (“I Am A Paleontologist”) and incandescent gas (“Why Does The Sun Shine?”), among other scientific subjects.  Diehard TMBG fans weren’t completely lost in kiddie fare, however: the two Johns and company played a few of their classics, including “Particle Man” and “Istanbul (Not Constantinople).”

Regretfully, the band did not perform “Electric Car,” the most earth-friendly song off of “Here Comes Science” – most likely because vocalist Robin Goldwasser (Flansburgh’s wife) was not with the band. But here’s the video of the song to keep TMBG’s green vibe alive:

About Lisa Kalner Williams

Lisa Kalner Williams is a lover of rock 'n' roll and founder of Sierra Tierra Marketing, a social analytics, strategy, and education company. She lives with her vegan family in the Greater Boston area.

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  • http://trydefyinggravity.wordpress.com/ Alysia

    My family was at the concert too – and they totally rocked the Regent Theater! A great show, a great location and I can’t wait to try the Boston by Foot tour with my kids this summer. I too missed “Electric Car”, but at least they played “Meet the Elements” (stars are mostly hydrogen/which may someday fuel your car)

    I blogged about it too at http://trydefyinggravity.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/birdhouse-in-your-soul/