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Photos from MGM Live: Hanson at the Plaza at MGM Springfield on June 8, 2019 [Gallery of 88 photos at the source]
Unless you’re a devoted classical music fan, Kleinhans might not be on your usual route when going out.
But, at least for this weekend, the home of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra meanders deep into pop culture, welcoming former pop stars Hanson and local stalwarts the Strictly Hip.
These quirky pop/rock-meets-classical back-to-back shows stick out in an otherwise impeccably strong weekend for Buffalo events, with the Allentown Art Festival, Star Wars Night with the Bisons and East Aurora Music Fest all expected to draw large crowds.
Just when you think you know Hanson, you really don’t. The three brothers – known for pop hit “MmmBop” and late ’90s stardom and swooning – now strive for a more mature feel, exemplified by Hanson’s symphonic accompaniment from the Prague Symphony for its self-produced “String Theory” album, released last fall. The BPO will be tasked with supporting Zac, Taylor and Isaac
If you told anyone, in 2000, that Hanson would one day produce a top-five classical album, you would have been met with a lot of disbelieving chuckles. But it’s happened.
If you’ve listened to the radio or watched MTV between 1997 and now, you’ve heard Hanson’s “MMMBop” at least once.
Beneath the surface, however, lies a trio that’s more than 25 years, 11 albums — and one craft brewery — into its career, despite the fact that none of its members have reached 40 years old.
Hanson will perform before a sold out crowd of 1,450 at the Plaza at MGM Springfield on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m.
For those heading to the show, here are a few things you should know:
Hanson isn’t quite a “one hit wonder.”
Sure, most people know the trio for 1997′s ridiculously catchy “MMMBop” — and for good reason. The hit single took the world by storm upon its release, reaching No. 1 in 27 different countries and receiving praise from VH1, Rolling Stone and the Village Voice as one of the top songs of the decade. Fast-forward two decades, and the residual effect of the song’s popularity is still on display, with concertgoers too young to see the band live in 1997 now possessing the disposable income necessary to relive their childhood.
But Taylor, Isaac and Zac’s recording career didn’t start – or end – with the hit song. By time the year 2000 rolled around, the brothers’ sound veered away from bubblegum pop and toward stadium rock with “This Time Around,” which while not a smash hit, has still sold over a million copies. The band has released a total of eleven albums, the most recent of which, “String Theory,” was released in 2018 and features orchestral arrangements of the band’s material.
“MMMBop” was recorded before members of the band were even teenagers.
In fact, the song’s initial recording (on appropriately-titled demo album “MMMBop”) dates back to 1996. The recording, while bearing heavy resemblance to the single, features a slowed-down tempo and clocks in at over 5 minutes.
What makes this recording significant? “MMMBop” was initially written and recorded while two-thirds of the band were still pre-teens. Taylor and Zac were born in 1983 and 1985, respectively, while elder brother Isaac was born in 1980 – making him 15 at oldest when the song was recorded.
While the late 1990s were inundated with child stars breaking into the music industry, this feat is notable for Zac Hanson in particular: at 12 years old, Zac is the youngest songwriter nominated for a Grammy award and fourth-youngest nominee of all time.
Unlike many other child stars, Hanson wrote their own songs.
The late 1990s had their share of memorable teen pop acts. There were Britney and Xtina. N’Sync and the Backstreet Boys.
But behind every Britney exists a Max Martin. Behind every Backstreet Boys exists a Lou Pearlman. Responsible for many of the aforementioned acts’ biggest songs, Martin currently sits behind Paul McCartney and John Lennon as the songwriter with the third-most No. 1 singles on Billboard charts. Pearlman, while initially rising to fame for launching the careers of the aforementioned boy bands, would eventually fall from grace due to aggressive and fraudulent business practices.
Hanson, on the other hand, has spent the bulk of their career doing the exact opposite. For better or worse, the trio have always prided themselves on writing their own material. In fact, demo album “Boomerang” — recorded before Zac Hanson’s age reached double-digits — featured primarily original material.
Unlike many other child stars, Hanson avoided controversy.
From Jodie Foster, to Macaulay Culkin, to the likes of Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes, child actors, actresses and musicians oftentimes experience significant difficulties as they deal with fame – and public scrutiny – at such a young age. However, this was not the case with the members of Hanson.
Instead, by time its members reached an age old enough to drive, the members of Hanson had already gained a reputation for their philanthropy. All proceeds from 2006’s “Great Divide,” recorded with a school choir in Soweto, South Africa, were directed toward AIDS prevention and research efforts. The band would continue this trend over “The Walk Tour,” using their fame to raise awareness about poverty and AIDS in Africa.
The Hanson Brothers Beer Co. exists – and it’s exactly what you think it is.
Based out of Tulsa, the Hanson Brothers Beer Co. was founded in 2013 and currently offers a half-dozen different beers — all of which pack a punch.
While the company’s website makes little mention of the band or its members, a look at its beer list reveals that its flagship brew, “MMMHops,” was awarded a gold medal in the 2013 World Beer Championships.
The pop-rock band Hanson, featuring brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson, will perform Saturday, Sept. 14, on the closing weekend of the Kansas State Fair.
The Hanson concert was the last Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand concert to be announced. Tickets will go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, May 31.
“This is another great show for our concert series, and it will be a fun way to close out our nighttime events at the 2019 Kansas State Fair,” General Manager Robin Jennison said in a press release. The State Fair will open Friday, Sept. 6, and close Sunday, Sept. 15.
“We want this to be a concert where fans can come with family or have a reunion with friends,” said Amy Bickel, director of marketing for the State Fair. “Many of the tickets are only $20, which includes the $7 gate admission through Aug. 11. It is an inexpensive way to see a great concert and spend a day at the Kansas State Fair,” she said in the release.
Hanson, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was formed in 1992 when the brothers’ ages ranged from six to 11 years old. Their 1997 hit, “MMMBop,” reached No. 1 in the U.S. and in other countries. The band created its own independent label in 2003. Other Hanson hits include “Where’s the Love,” “I Will Come to You,” “Weird,” “Anthem,” and “Get the Girl Back.”
Bickel urged fairgoers to purchase concert tickets in person at the State Fair ticket office at 2000 N. Poplar St., or by calling (620) 669-3618, or through Etix.
Websites selling inflated grandstand tickets have popped up, Bickel said. One website listed seats for Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, to perform Friday, Sept. 6, between $60 and $300. The State Fair is selling those same seats for $20 to $65, the release pointed out.
When a ticket is purchased in person at the State Fair office on Poplar Street, a $5 handling fee is waived.
All concert tickets purchased through Aug. 11 include gate admission to the fairgrounds.
From left: Zac, Taylor and Issac are still Hanson and are performing at this year’s SPARC Live Art: Family June 2. (Photo by Jonathan Weiner)
SPARC, the School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, brings students from their Live Art program and professional musicians together for an evening of celebration on June 2. Among the artists performing at the annual concert benefiting the organization are Virginia native and SPARC alumnus Jason Mraz, as well as the Grammy-nominated pop trio Hanson (“MMMBop”) and local favorites Steve Bassett, Susan Greenbaum and Josh Small.
Hanson recently released their eleventh studio album, “String Theory,” and are nearing the end of their current tour. Isaac Hanson, the eldest sibling in the group of three brothers, spoke with us from his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Richmond magazine: Going on almost 30 years together, how have you avoided the burnout that some bands experience?
Isaac Hanson: Well, that’s a complex question to answer, so what I’ll say is this: Over the last 25-plus years that we’ve been doing this together, you go through various seasons, and sometimes you slow down a little bit, sometimes you gotta speed up, but we have, I think, maintained a certain degree of sanity and connectedness to each other by maintaining a certain degree of constancy about what we do, that has actually I think kept us from falling into a rut or getting stagnant. I think one of the biggest things that has helped us stay creative and stay interested is that we do a five-song EP every single year from scratch, specifically for our fan club. We do that, and it’s kind of like there’s no rules, there’s just, “Write a great song.” You know, no matter what style, no matter where you go, sometimes it goes all over the place and gets Rocky Raccoon/Beatle-y, sometimes it’s real electric guitar-heavy and kinda rock-riffy kind of stuff, sometimes it’s really R&B, sometimes it’s singer-songwriter-y. It kinda depends on where you are creatively or what mood you’re in at that time, and I think that’s one of the things that’s kept us sane over the years, but in addition to that, taking on unique challenges.
And one of the most unique challenges we’ve taken on in the last 25 years is this recent project called “String Theory,” which is probably the closest thing to a musical we’ve ever done, because in a lot of respects, it is one very connected musical work. It’s separate songs, but there’s very much a story, a narrative, a theme to the whole show, which is in some sense autobiographical, but it’s mostly, ultimately about the fact that all of us have dreams, desires, and ultimately, I believe each of us [has] a purpose in the world. And finding that purpose, chasing that purpose and not letting it defeat you, not letting the chase defeat you … is a huge part of living a productive and joyful life.
RM: Looking back, how do you feel about “Middle of Nowhere,” the album that led to your success?
Hanson: I mean, what a great way to start off a career, to have the chance to, with your very first record, to have fans around the world that know your music, that know who you are, that are interested in what you’re doing. And ultimately they have stayed surprisingly connected with us over the years, even though there have been quite a few different ups and downs along the way. But they’ve stuck with us, whether it’s people in Australia or people in Europe or people in South America, throughout Asia, we’ve had a lot of continued opportunities to stay connected, and you can’t predict every detail of a career. Careers are kind of like roller coasters, you kind of do your best to stay in the seat and hold on, and they’re a lot of fun, but they can make you hurl, too.
RM: What brought you to SPARC, and how did you meet Jason Mraz?
Hanson: Well, for one, Jason reached out to us, and we’ve known Jason for at least seven years. It might be a little more than that. In fact, he has a guy who’s played with him pretty consistently for the better part of the last seven to 10 years, a saxophone player and horn arranger, who’s a mutual friend of ours. So we kind of reconnected a few different times over the last couple years in particular, and then this just came up. He said, “Hey, guys, would you be interested in being a part of this?” We said, “Absolutely! That sounds great, sounds like a lot of fun, sounds like a really special event, and we’d love to be a part of it.”
RM: Is there anything extreme that a fan has done to get your or any of your brothers’ attention during the height of your fame?
Hanson: It’s all the stereotypical stuff, all the things you can think of I’m sure have been done in some form or another. To be honest, I have a little bit of amnesia with regard to some of that stuff because to be honest, my normal is everyone else’s super-freaking-weird, and so I just try to not think about it too much and try and not let all those crazy things get to me and turn me into some, shall we say, unlikable human being. But we’ve had a lot of really great connections with the fans over the years, I think most — I think the most important thing for me and the most dominant element of our relationship with our fan base is ultimately music-related. And that has a lot to do with us. We’ve pointed everyone at the music every single time and said, “Look, we really appreciate your enthusiasm and excitement and all that,” but for me more than anything, music is therapy, it’s there to help us get through life and to inspire us and fight the good fight and live for another day and all of those kind of things. And so we have a lot of amazing, substantive musical connections with all these people.
Yes, I met my wife at a concert, and she was in the crowd — I would say that would take the cake of all, but she wasn’t really trying to get my attention, I was trying to get hers. But most of all, it’s ultimately about the music, it’s ultimately about all of us trying to find what makes life worth living and love worth giving to people.
Tickets to SPARC’s Live Art: Family are still on sale, $62 to $182. The concert begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.