If you’re unfamiliar with Yo Gabba Gabba, forget everything you think you know about kid shows.
DJ Lance Rock and his crew of five toys-come-to-life are no strangers to the modern music scene, collaborating with ultra-cool acts like locals Jimmy Eat World and national names like The Flaming Lips, Of Montreal, Chromeo, Weezer, The Killers and more.
Now DJ Lance and his costumed comrades are coming to town to perform their eccentric, color-packed show live and in person Tuesday, November 25 at Comerica Theatre on their “Music is
Awesome!” tour. The brainchild of creators Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz back in 1999, Yo Gabba Gabba was a huge online hit until Nickelodeon picked up the series in 2007, after which the show gained an instant mainstream following.
The “Music is Awesome!” tour is the fifth live production put on by the members of Yo Gabba Gabba, and the idea behind this tour is unique in itself. The emphasis of this tour is to give children and parents the opportunity to feel as though they’re at a rock concert with the perfect kid-appropriate tunes and environment to top it off.
There are over 60 TV episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba and many of them have a specific lesson or message for their entranced pint-size audience, so expect a few morals and lessons to be thrown into the live performance.
“Sometimes it’s directly from the idea and we’re able to work that into the episode somehow. Other times, it comes directly out of an episode, where we take a song and say, ‘What if we try to make the lyrics more about brushing your teeth,’” Schultz told The Village Voice.
Yo Gabba Gabba is not the only musical project created by Jacobs. He’s also the lead singer of The Aquabats, which explains his long list of musical connections. Now he wants to make a musical connection with you and your family.
Yo Gabba Gabba Presents “Music is Awesome”, Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, ticketmaster.com, Tuesday, November 25, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., $26-$125