Yo Gabba Gabba – Say It Fast Without Giggling, And Come to the Show at Bethel Woods Art Center

By MJ Hanley-Goff

Yo Gabba Gabba!, the really big-hit kids’ show, recently received the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming” from the Television Critics Association for a second year in a row (2010 & 2009). The TV program, on the Nick Jr. channel, is also a two-time Emmy nominee and BAFTA Award winner.

Now, see the characters up close and in person in the touring production of Kia Motors’ Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!—There’s a Party in My City! The event will be held at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the famed Woodstock concert site in Sullivan County, on Friday, August 27th with performances at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The show features DJ Lance Rock, and everyone’s favorite cast of characters—Muno (the red cyclops), Foofa (the pink flower bubble), Brobee (the little green one), Plex (the magic robot), and Toodee (the blue cat-dragon). The one-of-a-kind live event includes music, animation, games, singing, dancing and offers audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life with the magic words, “Yo Gabba Gabba!” Legendary rapper Biz Markie will teach kids how to beat box with Biz’s Beat of the Day. JUST ANNOUNCED: Special guest Steel Train joins the party on stage for the Super Music Friends Show, and special celebrity guests will rock their favorite ‘Dancey Dance’ moves. Except for a stop in Albany and Lewiston, this production is the only New York City-area performance of the show before it moves on to areas north and east.

The show, begun by two California dads disappointed with the state of children’s television, combines a retro/indie feel with bright colors and entertaining music by name groups and performers. The name itself, “yo gabba gabba” is just a nonsense phrase (although a Ramones’ lyric goes, “gabba gabba hey”—there is no relation).

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a $100 million outdoor performing arts center and museum located approximately 90 minutes from New York City at the site of the original 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY. The 15,000 seat outdoor performing arts venue and The Museum at Bethel Woods are set within nearly 2,000 pastoral acres. The Museum at Bethel Woods, which shouldn’t be missed by anyone living on the planet, explores the unique experience of the Woodstock festival, its significance as a culminating event of a decade of radical cultural transformation, and the legacies of the Sixties and Woodstock today.

Before the little ones have to go back to school, plan an adventurous day trip that will most certainly please the kids and mom and dad, too. For directions and ticket information for Yo Gabba Gabba, the Museum, and other shows and events at Bethel Woods, log on to www.bethelwoodscenter.org

About MJ Hanley-Goff (85 Articles)
MJ Hanley-Goff has been contributing to WomanAroundTown since its inception in 2009. She began her career at Newsday and for ten years wrote for the Sunday Real Estate section. A move to the Hudson Valley brought her to the Times Herald-Record where she continued to write for a Sunday Real Estate section, and also joined the writing team at the monthly Orange Magazine. MJ then became editor of Hudson Valley Parent magazine, and contributed articles to Hudson Valley Magazine, AAA’s Car & Travel, and Tri-County Woman. After completing her novel and a self-help book, she created MJWRITES, INC. and conducts writing workshops, and as a self-proclaimed book “whisperer,” works with new writers on their books. Now back on Long Island, she continues to enjoy the opportunity to write for Woman Around Town, and the amazing adventures it offers, including reviewing concerts, events, and tourist attractions in New York, and around the world. “I particularly enjoy drawing attention to the off the beaten path kinds of events and experiences,” she says. “It’s great big world out there, with so many talented and creative artists, doers, and thinkers.”