10 Amazing Blue Man Group Performances (and Why You Should See Them in Manila)


The Blue Man Group is one of the strangest and most entertaining acts around. As the name suggests, they are a group of blue men, composed of Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton, who perform a mixture of comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party. Their performances use different but consistent themes of science and technology, confusion with the modern age, lighthearted teasing between the three members, and lots and lots of paint.

The Blue Man Group has painted the imaginations of 35 million people across 15 countries, and now their latest stop is Manila! The Blue Man Group is in town from September 14 to 25 at the Theater at Solaire, and they are here for your entertainment.

If ever you’re wondering if you should see them, here are 10 amazing Blue Man Group performances:

10. Their performance of “Drumbone” at the Melodifestivalen 2010 in Sweden

The performance starts innocent enough. They play music using a series of pipes, which changes tones depending on its arrangement. It’s clever and ingenious, but wait until you the rock band start playing.

9. Their performance for Earth to Humanity

Global warming is indeed a serious issue, but only the Blue Man Group can add a fun element to raising awareness. The underlying message is chilling: “Also, please take a moment to locate this planet’s emergency exits. As you can see, there aren’t any.”

8. Their collaboration with Kodo, a Japanese drumming group

The Blue Man Group collaborated with Kodo, a Japanese taiko drumming troupe. Taiko is an ancient art form that dates back to the sixth century, but made modern with the addition of a group of blue guys and tons of paint.

7. When they parodied an Apple product launch in Universal, Orlando

One of the most anticipated events in tech is the launch of new Apple products, and the Blue Man Group decided to poke fun at it. They didn’t launch anything, but the great timing and choreography makes this an entertaining watch.

6. When they performed “I Feel Love” with Annette Strean of Venus Hum

The Blue Man Group is also known for playing popular songs using their “instruments,” and one of their famous performances is of the Donna Summer hit “I Feel Love” with Venus Hum’s Annette Strean. Their rock rendition is so good, is so good, is so goooooood.

5. When they performed “dance4life” with DJ Tiësto

Yes, even the award-winning Dutch DJ Tiësto got in on the painted fun, inviting the Blue Man Group to perform with him when he played “dance4life” from the Elements of Life album, which was nominated for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the Grammys in 2008.

4. When they made music from random sounds on the Brooklyn Bridge

If the Barden Bellas can make music with their mouths, the Blue Man Group can make music with random sounds. They experimented on the Brooklyn Bridge and came up with an oddly danceable beat.

3. When they held auditions and a stormtrooper applied

In this short, the Blue Man Group held an open call for new members and a stormtrooper applied. Cuteness ensues.

2. When they performed “Shake Your Booty” at the seventh season finale of America’s Got Talent

This is the song you need to listen to if you’re looking for a futuristic song about butts. The performance is so trippy that they’re performing inside what looks like a brain, with a voiceover reciting the various slang terms for booties.

1. When they guested on Wetten, dass…? and had tons of fun

The Blue Man Group’s guesting at the German-language TV show Wetten, das…? (Wanna bet, that..?”) is the combination of all their antics. Instrument-playing, rock music, paint-throwing, painting, marshmallow-eating, and ball-throwing with the audience. At some point, they approach the show’s guests and play a game of marshmallow-throwing around them. The guests look confused, especially a brunette who doesn’t seem to know what on earth is happening. A surreal watch.

The Blue Man Group will perform at the Theater at Solaire from September 14 to 25. Shows are 2PM and 8PM every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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