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"Do What You Want, Kennedy Center!"
On June 23, 2011, OK Go helped celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Millennium Stage in one of the most exciting free concerts of the summer.
Inspired by the band's innovative use of video, the Kennedy Center decided to host a creative experiment: we invited 15 Twitter followers and their guests to help film the show. Our goal? To create the Center's first crowdsourced concert video.
Seated all around the concert hall, our crew of volunteers were given video cameras, and a chance to meet the band. They filmed throughout the concert, and brought their footage backstage after the show.
In the Media Player above, you can find the fruits of their labor: two concert videos, both featuring footage shot by fans of OK Go. You'll also find interviews with the band's frontman, Damian Kulash, who talked with us about his education in the arts, starting the band, and how a visit to New Orleans helped save his musical soul.
In the first interview, Damian talks about going to Interlochen arts camp as a kid. Interlochen is a summer camp in Michigan that invites artistically minded students each year to explore their passion and learn with professionals.
What's a "second line parade!?" In the second interview, Damian says that these parades saved his musical soul. Learn more about this New Orleans tradition at FrenchQuarter.com.
Do you want to start your own label too? In the third interview, Damian says that when he was in high school, he started his own record label with the help of local musicians. You can learn about how to get yourself moving on the path to being a record mogul here.