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DHX Media, a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, announced today that Yo Gabba Gabba! will take the stage this Fall with Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is...
DHX Media, a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, announced today that Yo Gabba Gabba! will take the stage this Fall with Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome!. The new live stage show marks the 5th anniversary of the live tour. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome! will be directed by Yo Gabba Gabba! creators Christian Jacobs (The Aquabats) and Scott Schultz (Majestic). DJ Lance Rock, (Lance Robertson, St. Louis native and founding member of psychedelic electronic pop band The Ray Makers), the colorful cast of Yo Gabba Gabba! characters, fan favorite Leslie Hall and beat boxing legend Biz Markie will return to the road together to perform for more than 200,000 enthusiastic fans on a 30-city tour that will begin on Tuesday, October 14 and will run through Sunday, December 7. The Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome! tour is produced by S2BN Entertainment in association with DHX Media.
Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz, co-creators of Yo Gabba Gabba! said: “Our goal for Yo Gabba Gabba! is to inspire the next generation of music lovers. Taking your kids to see Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! is like taking them to see their first rock concert. We feel very lucky to be able to create something that parents and their kids genuinely enjoy together. Because of that, we have a very special bond with our fans. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome! is something for kids and the kid in all of us to get excited about. It really is magic.”
Steven DeNure, President & COO of DHX Media, commented: “Yo Gabba Gabba! Is one of the most enduring, innovative and imaginative kids’ brands ever created. This new live tour is sure to delight fans who’ve loved the show for years, as well as the younger generation of kids who are new to the magic of Yo Gabba Gabba!”
Yo Gabba Gabba! is an award-winning, live-action television series and live stage show that revolves around the adventures of DJ Lance Rock and five colorful characters who come to life when they hear the magic words, “Yo Gabba Gabba!” The series launched in 2007 and its unconventional formula has since created a quadruple-stacked fan base, making it a popular entertainment property among preschoolers, their parents, indie-music lovers and celebrities alike.
Film star Brad Pitt once dressed up as DJ Lance Rock for Halloween. Celebrities Fred Armisen, Jason Bateman, Jack Black, Anthony Bourdain, Tony Hawk, Metta World Peace, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Elijah Wood and others have appeared on the television series. Numerous musical guest stars have also appeared, singing original songs composed by Yo Gabba Gabba! musicians. These include MGMT with their paint-spattered performance of the psychedelic pop tune “Art Is Everywhere”; The Flaming Lips, who perform their own hit “I Can Be a Frog”; The Killers, who take us on a “Spaceship Adventure”; The Roots, whose Questlove and company perform “Lovely Love My Family”; The Shins, who remind us “It’s OK, Try Again”; The Ting Tings, the British duo who cover Altered Images 1981 new-wave classic “Happy Birthday” and Weezer who dress in bug costumes and sing a kind-hearted, insect-loving tune called “All My Friends Are Insects.”
Demonstrating the brand’s pop culture appeal, Yo Gabba Gabba’s one-eyed Muno has been seen hawking cars to the over-16 set in a national KIA Sorento commercial that debuted nationally when it was televised during the Super Bowl. Brobee, the little green one, was featured in the nationally televised pistachios campaign commercials. Cupcake bakers on an episode of the hit series “Cupcake Wars” even competed for a place at a Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! VIP party during a Yo Gabba Gabba! themed episode.
Yo Gabba Gabba! launched their first live stage performance tour with a float in the 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and they have performed live for President Obama’s daughters at The White House. Their first live tour had multiple sold-out gigs and the colorful on-stage extravaganza attracted surprise guests including Arrested Development, Dinosaur Jr., Snoop Dogg, Dave Grohl, Jon Heder, The Aquabats and more, while Christina Aguilera, Halle Berry and Gwen Stefani enjoyed the live stage show with their families. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! has also become a fan favorite at major music festivals such as Coachella in the U.S., where DJ Lance Rock and fans, both big and small, were heard chanting “everybody wash your hands.” Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! also appeared at the popular Dark MoFo Festival in Australia in June 2014.
The state-of-the-art live show production features music, singing, dancing and animation. Fan favorite Leslie Hall will join the cast on stage along with hip-hop legend Biz Markie who will teach kids how to beat box with “Biz’s Beat of the Day.” Special guests are invited to join the party on stage in each city for the “Dancey Dance” and “Super Music Friends Show” segments. All new performances of show favorites including the veggie friendly “Party in My Tummy,” along with collaborations and medleys that will instantly remind us to jump and dance but “Don’t Bite Your Friends!” will be a fun family experience for all.
Champions on the stage and in the community, the Gabba gang will participate in various service projects in the cities they visit during their 55-day journey with REVERB, the non-profit environmental organization dedicated to educating and engaging musicians and their fans to take action toward a more sustainable future. $1 from every ticket sold goes to support environmental efforts and education.
Exclusive pre-sale tickets are available through Groupon.com from Wednesday, September 3 through Saturday, September 6. Public on sale for most cities begins on Monday, September 8. VIP packages with premium tickets and meet and greets with the characters are available for purchase. For complete tour updates, ticket, and VIP package information, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com.
Service and handling fees are added to the price of each ticket.