Yo Gabba Gabba! says he's just a friend, but Biz Markie has become a staple of the children's group ever since the pilot of the popular series, and will join the band on tour in Sarasota.
The band, along with Biz, will stop at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for the Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: Get the Sillies Out! tour (and plenty more ! included). Two shows are set for 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, and Sarasota Patch wants to send you and your kid to the concert!
Post a comment below telling us how much you and your kid love Yo Gabba Gabba! We are giving away a pair of tickets to the show at Van Wezel! The contest ends March 19 at 5 p.m.
Tickets are still available for the shows and can be purchased on VanWezel.org. Tickets range from $21 to $46. A party package is being offered to including a seat in the first 15 rows, 1 pass to a VIP room with its own merchandise table, photo opportunities with the band and more. Call 941-953-3368 or visit the Van Wezel Box Office for the VIP tickets.
If you're not hip to the band, or the show on Nick Jr., it's an unconventional children's show with plenty of action going on. The band includes Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee and DJ Lance Rock. The show is in its fourth season and the tour promotes the group's launch of an organic juice drink for kids calls Kids 50, a new line of toys, kids sportswear and a DVD/CD collector's edition.
Yo Gabba Gabba! proves to be popular with young families thanks to the indie and alternative rock bands that stop by on the show, including Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, Weezer along with celebrities like Heidi Klum, Jason Bateman, Dennis Quaid and more. And of course, rappers like DMC, Snoop Lion (formerly Dogg) and Biz.
The group and show was conceived by Christian Jacobs, who also created cartoon rock band Aquabats, and his friend Scott Schultz, who also worked in the entertainment industry in California, and wanted to create a kids show that fathers would enjoy as well.
Both on TV and in the live show, Biz teaches kids how to beatbox in "Biz's Beat of the Day."
Biz spoke with the Hartord Courant about how he got into the band:
"Q: So how did the Yo Gabba Gabba! appearance come about?
A: I came in to do the Dancey Dance but my back was hurtin' so on the spot I made up Biz's Beat of the Day. And they put it on the pilot and they got an overwhelming response.
Q: How long ago was that?
A: Like five or six years ago... It's a great show. I knew it was going to be good.
Q: What do your nieces and nephews think of you being on the show?
A: They always scream 'Biz, Biz, Biz, Biz' [when they see me on TV]. Even other people's kids yell 'Uncle Biz, Uncle Biz."
Q: So when people recognize you on the street, is it more from your music career or this kids show?
A: It's 50/50. Plus I did "Men In Black II," so it's a whole bunch of things."
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