Go to your closet and dig out your parachute pants, high tops and hoop earrings. Then make your way to the nearest barber to fix your fade and head to the Jackson Rancheria Casino and Resort for the “I love the 90s tour.” The 1990s brought us some iconic music by Vanilla Ice, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Tone Loc, Rob Base and Young MC.
In a time when the O.J. Simpson trial captivated the world, "Titanic" hit the big screen (and the iceberg); television saw the debut of "Friends" and President Bill Clinton did not “inhale;” the music world was also taking a turn. The grunge scene was gaining popularity and so was the hip hop scene along with the World Wide Web – what we know today as the Internet.
On July 23, Jackson Rancheria welcomes numerous nostalgic favorites to their outdoor venue with Vanilla Ice headlining the tour.
Rob Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice and his colleague DJ Jonny Quest came up with the idea to gather some great acts from the 90s and start a tour.
“We were thinking like a DJ, what would everybody want to hear that could get everybody dancing,” said Ice. “We thought, what music would everybody get moving to so we put all these acts together.”
With over 100 shows scheduled from the East Coast to the West Coast and everywhere in-between Vanilla Ice, along with the other artists like Salt n Pepa with Spinderella, Kid n Play, All 4 One, and Kool Moe Dee have been selling out shows all over the country.
“It is amazing,” stated Ice. “One of the coolest things is that it has taken on a life of its own. They come dressed up like a costume party wearing Z Cavaricci’s shaving their hair with the lines and stuff or come dressed up like ninja turtles.
“I don’t know how this thing came about with everyone wanting to get dressed up, but all of them are that way. That is just what people do.”
Regardless of what the fans are wearing, Vanilla Ice explained that from the moment the first artist hits the stage everyone is on their feet dancing and having a blast.
“The hardest thing to do is sit down,” expressed Ice. “I think all the acts are feeding on that energy and having a blast as well. It brings out the best in everybody. It is just a magical show.”
Some people may know Ice (or Rob) from his show on the DIY Network, The Vanilla Ice Project, where he flips houses creating new and unusual features like a lazy river, constructing an elevator, and jelly fish aquariums for very unique transformations.
“We worked our way up from the smaller homes, to the midsize homes, to the mansions that you see on TV now and it is real, there is no fluff to it,” stated Ice. “It is just us being us. It is a lot of work.”
When he is not working hard on his show during the week, Ice will jet off on a plane on the weekends to perform for fans of the 90s music scene.
“I get on a plane and go play in front of thousands and thousands of people just reminiscing about the old school music and enjoying good times with everybody,” said Ice. “It sounds like I am crazy busy but it just works and I am having fun.”
Since he was 14 Vanilla Ice has been freestyle rapping and to make a few bucks he would set up a boom box, some cardboard and break dance in front of the mall.
The 90s Tour made its way to the Today Show as well where they had an outdoor performance for fans that lined the street.
Each artist will perform their own set list and at times they will join each other on stage keeping the crowd on their feet and the energy high.
For those of us who grew up in the 90s Rob Van Winkle will forever be known as Vanilla Ice. Remembered for his signature crewcut, outlandish outfits and dope rhymes, Vanilla Ice erupted on the pop culture scene in 1990 with his timeless classic “Ice Ice Baby.” He followed up with a cameo in the 1992 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze, where he performed “Ninja Rap” in the cult classic. Although Vanilla Ice’s popularity may have peaked in the early 90s, his chart topper will never be forgotten or denied as one of the most iconic songs of the decade.
“People are coming out and enjoying it, that is what life and music and living the American Dream is all about,” expressed Ice. “I am excited to be out there and to jam with you guys and enjoy life.
“Be ready and put your dancing shoes on. Tighten the laces up.”
Doors open for the I Love the 90s Tour at 6 p.m. July 23 and the concert starts at 8 p.m. at Jackson Rancheria's Outdoor Concert Venue. Tickets start at $55 for Dreamcatcher's Club members and can be purchased atwww.jacksoncasino.com