Arts & Events

Yo Gabba Gabba! comes to Tacoma

You heard right, Loggers: the zany Nick Jr. kids’ show Yo Gabba Gabba! is coming to the Tacoma Dome on Nov. 13. Some of you may be saying to yourselves, “Yo Gabba… Whaa?”, but you really shouldn’t be.

For one thing, Yo Gabba Gabba! has had many great celebrity guests on the show, such as Jack Black, Devo, Flaming Lips, Tony Hawk, The Killers, MGMT, Mos Def, Shiny Toy Guns, Andy Samberg, The Shins, Sarah Silverman, The Ting Tings, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Elijah Wood and many more. Basically, you won’t look like a complete dork for liking it.

Overall, it’s a feel-good kind of show with catchy music, bizarre characters and oh-so-vibrant colors. The live show  will be like that but on a grander scale.

Yo Gabba Gabba! appeals to audiences greater than the expected children audience. With guest stars like Jack Black, older audiences can be in hysterics throughout episodes.  In a way, it satisfies the same indulgence that drives us to sometimes watch Spongebob Squarepants when we are too tired to have any shame about it.

Still, Yo Gabba Gabba! certainly holds up in its own right and is definitely a good choice for kids. DJ Lance Rock is very entertaining in his bright orange jumpsuit as the host of the show — as are Muno, Foofa, Broobee, Toodee and Plex as the non-human, iconic members of the show.

Yo Gabba Gabba! is both educational and entertaining. Like Sesame Street, it often teaches lessons in the form of song, but in such a way that keeps things engaging for kids. It all started when two friends from Southern California, who happened to be fathers, were disgusted with the modern realm of kids’ television and decided to make their own TV show.

Its defining look and general disregard for modern, conventional kids’ television is sure to be what made its way to completion – especially since its producers had no previous experience in television or production.

Their success stems from their association with the Aquabats’ lead singer, Christian Jacobs. Everyone who was The Aquabats’ friend on MySpace, Facebook, on the mailing list or a follower of their blog was informed about Yo Gabba Gabba! when it was just starting out.

Bring your friends, bring an open heart, and you’ll be sure to have a great time. The only thing is that tickets are a little pricey. The show costs around $47, so if you’re tight on cash, maybe you’ll be able to see them another time.

Honestly, Yo Gabba Gabba! is growing in popularity every day, so more likely than not, they’ll be back in the area within a year. But if you’re able to, don’t hesitate to go party with Yo Gabba Gabba! at the Tacoma Dome Nov 13.