WANT TO GO?
Blue Man Group
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and Oct. 4
TICKETS: $45 and $66
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. --On the phone, Blue Man Chris Smith said he was eyeing a sign for a Bayou Adventure Boat shop across the street and considering sneaking away for a couple of hours before the Blue Man Group's show in Lafayette, La., to explore the swamp.
The odd, often thought-provoking, concert and comedy show comes to the Clay Center for a special two-night engagement Wednesday and Oct. 4, and Smith is looking forward to coming. He's near the start of a tour that will largely keep him from his Northern California home for the next year, so it helps to embrace the travel and look for interesting things to do.
In Louisiana, Smith said, one of the other Blue Men's parents drove up from Houston to visit and have dinner.
"We all went to a Cajun restaurant his parents went to 10 years ago," he said. "Once the people at the restaurant heard it was [the Blue Man Group], they pulled us up [on the dance floor], and we were line dancing before the end of the night."
It's too bad they weren't in makeup.
"That would have been a YouTube hit for sure," Smith added.
The 27-year-old said that if you'd asked him a couple of years ago if he saw himself doing what he does today -- traveling the country, playing percussion and performing while painted bright blue -- he'd have said no. He wouldn't have believed it.
He said, "I went to UCLA for theater, but filmmaking has been my passion."
But as a kid, he had a bit of a sideline in Lake Tahoe as a variety performer. Smith and his brother even had their own act.