The Blue Man Group is famous for several things: funky instruments, those old Intel ads, Tobias Funke proclaiming that "I blue myself!" on "Arrested Development" and, of course, the whole being covered in blue paint thing. But one of the crucial elements of the Blue Man Group is that they don't talk. So imagine my surprise in getting to interview a Blue Man (at least the transcription would be easy).
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Milwaukee musician John Calarco - also known as Johnny Cee - has won 11 WAMIs and played with local and national acts including The Willy Porter Band and The Blue Man Group. After years of being in bands and working as a studio musician, Calarco will release his first solo effort, "Shine," on June 15.
At Blue Man Group's curtain calls at the Marcus Center this week, the stagehands join the cobalt-colored performers and the band in the big long line, taking bows. You don't see techies onstage lapping up the applause very often, and their presence at the end of the 90-minute show is significant. The three bald and mute Blue Men may be the stars, but they are completely reliant on a wizard's array of high tech flash and dazzle to make the extravaganza work.
The Blue Man Group has performed in Chicago for 13 years. The show is appealing, for the most part, to viewers of most ages. But the question for some families -- considering the $77 ticket price -- is how appropriate is it for kids?
The Blue Man Group travels to Green Bay's Radisson Three Clans Ballroom on Tuesday, Aug. 11 for shows at 4 and 8 p.m. Recently, OnMilwaukee.com spoke to traveling performer Jeffrey Brown about his experiences in the shade of blue.
John Calarco -- also known as John Cee or Johnny C -- started drumming at age 10 when his uncle introduced him to jazz. It didn't take long for Calarco to move on to rock `n' roll, a genre that has served him well for two decades. Calarco's drummed with the Blue Man Group, Willy Porter, Greg Koch, Daryl Stuermer and more.
It seemed like Mannheim Steamroller with mimes at the start, but in no time, Blue Man Group kicked out the jams Sunday night at the Bradley Center.