It’s not been easy to see Tom Tom Club play live. The pioneering, avant-percussive Dance Rock band, formed in 1981 by Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz (her husband), has taken a back seat in recent years to family life.
Tom Tom Club — the duo augmented with other players and vocalists — does put out the occasional album. The latest, a just-released collection called Genius of Live, pairs tracks from 2000’s Live at the Club House with remix tributes to the band’s classic “Genius of Love” hit.
And the band does equally occasional gigs, often near the pair’s home in Fairfield, Conn., or overseas.
This year, Frantz and Weymouth are taking Tom Tom Club — including two additional singers, Victoria Clamp and Jamaican-born Mystic Bowie, scratcher Kid Ginseng and keyboard/percussionist Bruce Martin — out for a few fall shows in advance of next year’s big 30th anniversary plans. The group is doing just 10 dates on the East and West coasts, including a headlining gig Saturday night at the MidPoint Music Festival.
Tom Tom Club plays the Topic Design Tent at Grammer's for MPMF Saturday with (The) Tony Castles and Caravan of Thieves.
Go here to read Steven Rosen's interview with both Frantz and Weymouth.
Get all the MidPoint Music Festival details here, including band descriptions, daily schedules, venue and shuttle bus maps and ticketing options.