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They Might Be Giants to Open April Spring Weekend Concert

By Sanjay Basu
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The MIT Spring Weekend Committee officially announced Tuesday that the band “They Might Be Giants” will perform as the main act of this year’s Spring Weekend Concert, an event scheduled for April 28. The annual concert, to be held in Johnson Athletic Center, will feature one other band whose name has yet to be announced.

TMBG, a band that Spring Weekend Committee co-chairman Doug E. Heimburger ’00 called “relatively popular among the MIT Community,” is well-known for its off-beat lyrics.

The bands most noted songs include “Particle Man,” “Birdhouse in Your Soul,” and “Statue Got Me High.” TMBG played earlier this month at the Avalon in Boston, where they have played frequently in the past. The band also has a history of performing free shows at the Hatch Memorial Shell.

The choice of TMBG stands in stark contrast to last year’s concert performer, rapper Busta Rhymes.

“We hope members of the community will be excited about the concert,” said Concert Chair Sonia Garg ’02.

Garg and other members of the Spring Weekend Committee, who have not finalized a contract with TMBG, did not comment on the cost of bringing the band to MIT. The overall budgeted cost for the Spring Weekend events, however, is estimated at $60,000. Of that sum $30,000 will provided by the Undergraduate Association and the Graduate Student Council. The Dormitory Council is also providing $7,000 to support a weekend-closing Saturday night party in Stratton Student Center. The remaining costs for the weekend will be funded by ticket sales.

Lip Synch, I-Fair precede concert

A variety of Institute-wide events will precede the Friday night TMBG concert. Johnson Center will be occupied Thursday night by Alpha Chi Omega, who will hold their annual Lip Sync competition to raise money for charity.

The Spring Weekend Committee will be funding a portion of the costs for the event, and will also provide financial support for the following day’s International Fair.

I-Fair, a multicultural event including dancing, music, and food, hosted over 3,000 people last year, although it took place indoors due to inclement weather. The fair is scheduled to take place in Kresge Oval just prior to the concert’s opening show.