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There’s a party in our city (scenes from Yo Gabba Gabba!)

Post by Ernest Jasmin on Nov. 13, 2010 at 4:47 pm with No Comments
November 13, 2010 6:09 pm

Hey! Where was the acoustic set? And the encore?

And what? No “Don’t Bite Your Friends” on the set list? Man, I hate when bands get so big they don’t feel “obligated” to play their big hits. And was it just me or did Brobee sound a bit pitchy this afternoon? Well, guess they just fix it up in the studio with a little Auto Tune like everybody else.

But seriously, we’re talking about Nick Jr.‘s hit kids show Yo Gabba Gabba which took over the Tacoma Dome today for two shows. (The second is going on as I post this.) A few thousand little people – many clad in fuzzy Brobee and DJ Lance Rock costumes – were highly entertained at the 2 p.m. show.

So were their parents as Lance and the gang – also Foofa (the pink one), Toodee (the blue cat-lizard thing), Plex (the robot) and Muno (the one with the hideous boils) – danced around and taught lessons about hugging, balanced diet and not being scared of the dark to bombastic electro breakbeats. “Party in My Tummy” is hopelessly stuck in my head as I type this. “I’m gonna eat, yeeeaaah. Yummy, yummy!” Seriously, I can’t make it stop. I tried listening to the new Cee Lo for a bit, but even that didn’t even work.

Keller Williams built a song about hoola-hooping with live samples during the Super Music Friend Show segment. The Presidents of the United States of America’s Chris Ballew showed up (as his alter ego, Caspar Babypants) and taught kids how to do the Peanut Butter Stomp during the Dancey Dance segment.

If there is one serious criticism I’d level is the show was fairly short. Take out the intermission and whittle down rap legend Biz Markie’s Biz’s Beat of the Day segment (he brought a bunch of kids on stage one at a time to practice their fledgling beat-making skills) and there was maybe 40 minutes of content; not a lot if you paid 200 bones to bring your whole brood down to the Dome. Then again, if you make the thing as long as Roger Waters show and you’ll wind up with a bunch of cranky 3-year-olds. And that could only lead to rioting. A delicate balance, my friends. A delicate balance.