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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

In Context: Road Trip

Composers Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe celebrate 30 years of downtown music collective Bang on a Can with this euphoric musical road trip. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Program Notes

Road Trip (PDF)


Featured Collection
Bang on a Can (Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive)
Peruse highlights from the collective's nearly 20 year career at BAM.

At 30, Bang on a Can Still Seethes With Energy (The New York Times)
Unplugged, soft-spoken and unchaotic — parents now, rather than children — is a good summary of the Bang on a Can founders these days, even as their energy is undimmed.

No other travel experience, especially today, can beat the sense of freedom it brings.

Bang On A Can Celebrates 30 Years At Brooklyn Museum (BKLYNER)
Building a utopia is a political act—it pushes people to change. It is also an act of resistance to the things that keep us apart.

Watch & Listen

Downtown NYC music collective Bang on a Can marks 30 years with a new euphoric musical production, Road Trip, and reflections on their evolution at BAM.

Photo Album
@candystations (Instagram)
Visual performance designer Deborah Johnson shares highlights of her dynamic work on her professional Instagram feed.

Now your turn...

How did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.


  1. found it very repetitive after awhile including the visuals so thankfully it wasn't any longer than it was.

  2. Road trip was exciting, loved the music, found myself dancing in the seat, the video's were interesting. The only rotten part of the entire performance was those damn lights. I don't need them shining in my eyes, every time they hit a neighbors eyes they jump. Strobes like that do not belong in a small venue like BAM. We are not a huge outdoor arena.

  3. First time seeing the group perform and I must say the performance was mesmerizing. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

  4. Road Trip was fantastic! I love to drive, and this one had us driving, diving, reeling, surviving, and gently arriving. Similar to a good rock concert, with much, much more air to feel your own grooves. Loved the music, musicians, and light show. I'm averse to strobes and lasers, but these designers created a mad art landscape to disappear into. And we did.

    Thank you BOAC and BAM - you've primed me for more adventures.

  5. I attended the "Road Show" last evening. The music was great, had me dancing in my seat. The video was amazing. The only bad part is "Bang on a Can" thought they were outdoors with all the strobe lights. Everybody around me was jumping when the lights hit their eyes. It made me want to leave, it was annoying and did not belong in such a small venue.


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