Based on his show May 8 at The Regent in Los Angeles, here is an incomplete list of things you can expect to see at Kid Koala's Vinyl Vaudeville Floor Kids Edition:
- Multiple songs with puppet performers
- A turntablist version of "Moon River" with penguin mascots
- A fleet of paper airplanes soaring over the crowd
- Vaudeville dancers with foam laptop cutouts
- Impromptu kazoo battles
You may have witnessed one or two of those things at a concert, but you've never seen a show quite like this. The format and surprises are so intrinsic to the experience that detailing them feels like it should come with a SPOILER ALERT, so suffice it to say that if you love the classic turntablism and beatmaking Kid Koala is known for, that element is one of the least memorable aspects of the show.
That's not to say you won't be dazzled by Kid Koala's wizardry on the decks. But the "Kid" part of Eric San's musical pseudonym is essential to his creative identity: His music has always combined a childlike sense of enthusiasm and wonder with serious technical skills, resulting in a resume that includes everything from classic albums like Deltron 3030 to puppet shows to graphic novels and, most recently, a score for the breakdancing video game "Floor Kids".
Kid Koala's Vinyl Vaudeville combines all of these interests into one whimsical show, all stitched together by San's hilarious stage banter, which touches on everything from the Yo Gabba Gabba! Tour to working with filmmaker Edgar Wright on the "Baby Driver" soundtrack. Whether you're a seasoned B-Boy or B-Girl who has been getting loose to his beats for decades or are simply craving a novel concert experience, Kid Koala's Vinyl Vaudeville Floor Kids Edition is a show you won't soon forget.
Check out select photos from his L.A. performance in the slideshow above, click here for tickets to his upcoming performance at The Sinclair in Boston on Saturday, May 19 and visit Kid Koala's website for a complete list of his upcoming tour dates.