On Saturday, I saw They Might Be Giants at the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education event of its kind in the United States. They played on a sound stage in the Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
They did two set lists, the first
billed as the "family show", but the second
actually being very family friendly as well. The first one did lean more heavily on their awesome album, Here Comes Science.
It was really fun for many reasons. First and foremost, it was my 8 year old son's first rock concert. A couple months back, he'd gone on a school field trip to the Kennedy Center for a kids-oriented classical show (hat tip to JohnK, whose ears certainly perked up just now), but this was his first rock show. We enjoyed the song selection greatly - my favorite was "Meet the Elements", and Nolan's was "I Am a Paleontologist". I'm not sure what Gail's was - maybe "Older." (HA ha!)
As is the norm, the Johns did a lot of witty bantering about the venue, e.g. having to compete with 3M, Lockheed, and the Air Force for attention.
It was a fun day overall - we only saw a fraction of the 750 exhibits, but what we got to see was cool, especially robotics and nanotechnology. Hopefully much enrichment of little brains happened that day.