I've seen The Aquabats a number of times. Between the costumed superhero battles, the bizarre Saturday morning cartoon videos and the epic shenanigans of frontman Christian Jacobs—I once saw him light his head on fire and then do three backflips—it's the most fun I've ever had at a live show.
And when Jacobs told Boise Weekly that the live version of Yo Gabba Gabba, a kids TV show he co-created for the Nick Jr. network, was the live show The Aquabats always dreamed of, he was massively understating the case.
The Yo Gabba Gabba performance at the Morrison Center on Feb. 26 started with its host, DJ Lance Rock, having to escape a giant video screen, then introducing the cast of life-sized dancing puppets, which went on to sing surreal songs about "a party in my tummy," not being afraid of the dark and the mechanics of giving a hug, while psychedelic, iPod-commercial-like projections played on the screen.
Mike Park, frontman for Skankin' Pickle and founder of Asian Man Records, played saxophone and sang about jumping. Rap legend Biz Markie also escaped the video screen to teach kids who couldn't possibly understand his relevance to hip-hop how to beat-box. Bubbles and confetti cannons fired into the air.
Were Salvador Dali alive, he would have said, "Damn yo, now that was some freaky-weird shit."
Yo Gabba Gabba Live was a strange, wonderful, fun and wholly magical experience for kids and adults alike, and it was a genuinely sad moment when the cast sang its goodbye song at the end.