Radio station Mega 97.9 announced the list of performer for its Summer Jam concert Friday, June 17 at Selland Arena.
The emphasis here is on the word mega – as in a mega lineup of old-school hip-hop hit makers from the ’80s and ’90s.
Vanilla Ice headlines the night, along with Sir Mix-A-Lot, Sugar Hill Gang and Coolio, plus Tone Loc, Rob Base, Newcleus, JJ Fad and Grandmaster’s Furious Five, featuring Melle Mel and Scorpio. Tickets for the concert start at $28.50 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, May 13, at the box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone 800-745-3000.
For those of a certain age, Summer Jam no doubt represents the sounds of their youth. The collected performers all had major radio hits that are still in heavy rotation today.
Vanilla Ice is best know for the 1990 single “Ice Ice Baby.” Fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will remember “Ninja Rap,” though perhaps not kindly.
Sir Mix-A-Lot penned the mega hit “Baby Got Back,” which is fairly ubiquitous in pop culture, even today. The Seattle rapper should be well received. He’s played the city several times over the past couple years, including a stop at Fulton 55 in October.
Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rappers Delight,” was the first rap single to reach Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 – in 1979.
Funky-haired rapper, Coolio had a string of ’90s rap hits, including 1995 “Gangsta’s Paradise,” and “Fantastic Voyage” and “1,2,3,4 (Sumpin New).”
Brooklyn’s Newcleus had the 1984 hit “Jam On It;” Tone Loc released both “Wild Thing” (in 1988) and “Funky Cold Medina” (1989); Rob Base released the 1988 hit “It Takes Two” and JJ Fad was the first female rap group to be nominated for a Grammy award or its track “Super Sonic.”