Color Your World: The Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group Paint

The Blue Man Group and their famous painted drums. Photo by Paul Kolnik

“Visually stunning.”
“Wildly inventive.”
“Hysterically funny!”

These reviews underestimate the fun I had at last night’s Blue Man Group performance at the Sacramento Community Center Theater.

Formed by the longtime friends Chris Wink, Philip Stanton, and Matt Goldman in 1988, the colorful troupe combines music, science, art and theatre with audience interaction. The result? A wildly outrageous experience that leaves the audience in “a blissful euphoric state.”

There is no language barrier here because no spoken words are used in the show; all ages and cultures can enjoy its explosive fun. Visually, the show is a delight. Quirky images are projected onto the jumbo screens and the musicians are elevated, allowing for those not sitting on the floor level to feel a part of the show. (Though it must be said that even the large stage couldn’t contain all of the entertainment — large fluorescent balls floated through the crowd and audience members in the first few rows had to wear ponchos to protect themselves from paint splatter!) Simply, there is much to see and never a dull minute. Like the thousands of others that have seen the group perform, I was entertained every moment of the show.


Releasing large floating fluorescent balls is just one of the ways the group engages with the audience. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

If you want to keep the memory of your Blue Man Group experience alive, you can purchase coffee cups, hoodies and drumsticks in the souvenirs shop. (Or if you are truly obsessed with blue hued lifestyle, you can even try out to be a touring Blue Man. How fun would that be?)

Don’t miss your chance to see the theatrics of the Blue Man Group here in Sacramento. They will be performing at the Sacramento Community Center Theater until March 16. Remaining showtimes are Wednesday (3/12) and Friday (3/14) at 8pm; Thursday (3/13) and Saturday (3/15) at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday (3/16) at 2pm. For more details or to snag your tickets, visit the Sacramento365 event page.

This blog post was written by’s guest writer, Ruth Chambers.


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