Yo La Tengo

City: 
Hoboken
Region: 
New Jersey
Country: 
USA
Years Active: 
1984-present
Image Credit: 
By Zach Klein from New York, New York, USA - Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=119180

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Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley formed the band as a husband/wife duo in 1984. They chose the name "Yo La Tengo" (Spanish for "I have it"; referring to a female-gender object or person, also "I've Got Her") in an effort to avoid any connotations in English. The name came from a baseball anecdote. During the 1962 season, New York Mets center fielder Richie Ashburn and Venezuelan shortstop Elio Chacón found themselves colliding in the outfield. When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, "I got it! I got it!" only to run into Chacón, who spoke only Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, "¡Yo la tengo! ¡Yo la tengo!" instead. In a later game, Ashburn happily saw Chacón backing off. He relaxed, positioned himself to catch the ball, and was instead run over by left fielder Frank Thomas, who understood no Spanish and had missed a team meeting that proposed using the words "¡Yo la tengo!" as a way to avoid outfield collisions. After getting up, Thomas asked Ashburn, "What the heck is a Yellow Tango?".

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
The Volcano Suns 10/28/1987 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
The Sundays 09/17/1990 Nectarine Ballroom Ann Arbor Michigan USA
My Bloody Valentine 06/23/1992 Saint Andrew's Hall Detroit Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 11/16/1993 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Teenage Fanclub 02/12/1994 Saint Andrew's Hall Detroit Michigan USA
Lollapalooza '95 07/19/1995 Pine Knob Music Theater Clarkston Michigan USA
Lollapalooza '95 07/20/1995 Pine Knob Music Theater Clarkston Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 11/11/1995 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 05/30/1997 Magic Stick Detroit Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 09/20/1997 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 09/22/1997 Magic Stick Detroit Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 03/03/2000 Majestic Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 06/16/2000 Majestic Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 12/31/2001 Majestic Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 09/27/2004 Blind Pig Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 09/28/2004 The Intersection Grand Rapids Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 10/04/2006 Michigan Theater (AA) Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 04/18/2007 Majestic Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Yo La Tengo 01/22/2010 Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac Michigan USA