Gustafer Yellowgold came back to town recently to play a show at Schubas. It’s been two years since we’ve been to a Gustafer show, so it was great to hear some new songs in addition to hearing our old favorites. Again, what’s cool about the Gustafer Yellowgold show is that the lyrics to the songs are on the screen, so the audience can sing along.
Gustafer Yellowgold at Schubas in Chicago, 2/23/13
The newest DVD, Year in the Day is currently on rotation at our house. I mean, we watch it daily. My preschooler insists. Gustafer and Slim are her favorite characters right now. She takes Gustafer everywhere and loves telling people all about him.
Each song on the DVD relates to a specific season. There’s even a song which documents Gustafer’s birth. We also enjoy watching the bonus features, which include the process of making Gustafer come to life.
Here are Hailey and Teagan with Morgan, Gustafer’s creator and the man behind the music:
And now I leave you with the video for Pancake Smackdown, one of our very favorites from Year in the Day:
My daughters and I and a few of our friends attended Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After on opening night at the Allstate Arena. Like other Disney On Ice shows, Rockin’ Ever After captivates its young audience and whisks them away into a magically icy fantasyland.
Our group consisted of three adults, two first graders and a three year old. The older kids enjoyed the magical Disney show just as much as the preschooler. They giggled and sang along to the songs from their favorite princess movies. It’s hard not to smile when you hear their sweet voices singing along, or when you catch them gazing dreamily at the princesses sparkling gowns and graceful movements along the ice.
In Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After, you’ll see Ariel the mermaid become human and fall in love. You’ll see Rapunzel on her journey to discover the world outside of her tower, see the floating lights, learn she’s the lost princess and finally, how she finds true love.
Merida, the young, feisty princess from the movie Brave, makes her debut appearance in this show. You’ll see how wild and free she wishes to be only to discover in the end that she and her mother, the queen, have a lot more in common than she realized.
Belle and the beast close out the show. This was my favorite part of the show. I loved the choreographed dances during this performance.
Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After is in town for another couple of weeks. See it at the Allstate Arena and at the United Center. Click here for showtimes.
Last evening’s Yo Gabba Gabba Live show was so much fun. It was held at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont.
The performance began with DJ Lance on the big screen, walking out like on the tv show. Soon after, he “magically” appeared on stage with the other Yo Gabba Gabba characters; Muno, Plex, Brobee, Foofa, and Todee.
This is the best kind of show to bring your kids to, in my opinion. Kids are not expected to sit through the show, nor be quiet. A win-win for parents and kids alike. Everyone is just there to, well, get the sillies out.
If you’re familiar with the tv series, you know that there are Super Music Friends, generally a band or celebrity. This live tour’s Super Music Friend is the one and only, Mike Park of Fun Fun Records (family label) and Asian Man Records (punk music label). A real treat for those of us who have been a fan of his for the past decade or so. (Did I just age myself? Oh well.)
Mike Park & Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance. Photo credit: Mike Park
Mike was joined on stage this weekend with friends Brendan Kelly (Slapstick, The Lawrence Arms), Rob Bell and Gerry Lundquist (MU330) and Rob Kellenberger (Slapstick). Their performance had everyone out of their seats, jumping and singing along. After a short intermission, the YGG crew came back out and performed hits such as; Party In My Tummy, Hold Still, and I Like Bugs; wherein, very large bugs came out and joined them on stage. And what is Yo Gabba Gabba without Biz’s Beat of the Day? The man himself, Biz Markie, was joined on stage by young members of the audience, who attempted to mimic his beat-boxing. Cute for sure.
Here’s a two minute video I put together, highlighting some of last night’s performance:
After the show, we joined the cast at the after-party. We had the pleasure of seeing Mike Park’s performance up close and personal, as well as meet some of the cast. Here are some fan photos from Saturday’s party:
Edie, Julia & Biz (Photo credit: Andy Pishko)
Brendan & his daughter with Brobee (Photo credit: Brendan Kelly)
We were also pleasantly surprised to learn that Josh Caterer (Smoking Popes) was in the audience at last night’s show:
@parentsphere Yes! I was there with my daughter. It was a silly good time!
I highly recommend checking out Yo Gabba Gabba Live when it comes through your city. The rest of the current tour runs through March 24th and you can view the tour schedule here. Try to see it, it’s so much fun!
My photos from the Chicago performance can be viewedhere.
See my three year old above, peeking out in the middle of the app? She thinks it’s pretty cool that she’s included in all the fun within the app. Especially when she’s on a video call with Toodee.
Hello Friends! is an interactive app that allows kids (and, um, adults) to play and interact with their favorite Yo Gabba Gabba characters. There are games, video clips from the tv series (including music and stories), photos to embellish and face-to-face “video calls” with Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex, and Toodee. Looks like more fun activities for the app are in the works.
Here’s a quick peek at the app’s current features:
So, we’re all excited. We are going to the show this weekend. If you go, stop us and say “hi” if you see us. Can’t wait!
Here are some additional details about the Yo Gabba Gabba live tour:
The sillies are crazy little creatures that live inside of us and need to be shaken out! DJ Lance Rock and everyone’s favorite cast of colorful characters are calling all fans in Chicagoland to get ready to jump, shake and shimmy them out at the new live tour Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out!. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get The Sillies Out! tour will visit more than 50 cities across the U.S. in 2013. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! is touring in support of their first national beverage launch, a new line of toys, a new line of kids sportswear and a DVD/ CD collectors’ edition.
Tickets start at $23.00. VIP Party packages are available as well which include a ticket in the first 15 Rows, a pass to “Get the Sillies Out” in the private VIP room featuring a super fun party with the Gabba Gang (costumed characters) and more. Children under 1 year old do not require a paid ticket to sit on a parent’s lap.
Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! marks the third tour for the successful Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! concert series. The first tour, Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: There’s a Party in My City!, launched with a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and a performance at the White House in 2010. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! 2010 tour played to sold out venues in 60 cities. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: It’s Time to Dance! enjoyed repeat success in 2011, energizing audiences across North America at over 120 shows.
*Complimentary tickets are being given to us for the show and we couldn’t be more grateful!
It’s almost here! Next week, Disney on Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After hits the Allstate Arena and the United Center.
Here’s a bit of info about the show:
Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney•Pixar film, Brave, competes to win the heart of headstrong, sharp-shooting Merida, making her ice debut! Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle.
Opening night tickets on Weds., Jan. 23 at 7 pm at Allstate Arena and Weds., Jan. 30 at 7 pm at United Center are just $12!
The shows on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7 pm and Sunday, Feb. 3. at 3 pm are specialty Spanish performances.
We’re giving away tickets to one of the performances! Here is the form to submit your entry. Entry deadline is January 16th at 3pm.
**Save 40% on all weekday shows and Save 20% on all weekend shows.**
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Here’s a sneak peek of the show!
Disclaimers: Weekday is defined as any show Monday through Thursday or Friday matinee, not including holidays such as the day after Thanksgiving. Discount does not apply to Circus Celebrity, Front Row, or VIP seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.