Mixtape Festival in Hershey features NKOTB, Salt-n-Pepa, Vanilla Ice
If you go
What: The 2015 Mixtape Festival
Where: Hersheypark Stadium
When: 5 p.m. Saturday, June 27
Tickets: $30.10, $44.60, $74.60, $100.10 and $180.10 for VIP tickets. Tickets are available at the Giant Center Box Office, or can be order over the phone by calling 717-534-3911 or 800-745-3000, or online at www.HersheyEntertainment.com or www.TicketMaster.com .
Details: For more information about the concert, visit mixtapefestival.com .
You probably remember the band.
They were among the big acts in the late '80s, early '90s boy band explosion. They won two American Music Awards in 1990. They sold more than 80 million records, placing them in the company, sales-wise, with artists such as Tom Petty, Barry Manilow and Meat Loaf. Donnie Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg's brother, was among its members.
They were big, for a while. They were one of the iconic boy bands of the era.
Then, they disappeared, disbanding in 1994.
Now, they're back, 30 years after first forming in Boston, not exactly "new kids" anymore.
And they're headlining the Mixtape Festival at Hersheypark Stadium June 27.
The festival, according to a press release, brings "together the best of current and throw-back pop music in one amazing concert experience." Its the third year for the festival, a celebration of pop music from the late '80s and early '90s, a kind of nostalgia trip.
"You'll only be able to see all of these acts together at Hershey," said Hersheypark spokeswoman Melissa Stradnick. "I'm in my early 30s and I'm excited to see these artists. They're the artists I grew up listening to."
So it could be nostalgia for the late '80s and early '90s.
It could also be said to bring together acts that you wondered, "Whatever happened to...?"
In addition to New Kids, the show features:
— TLC, the girl-group that had included, as the "L" member, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, until her death in a car accident in Honduras in 2002. The band has been the subject of a VH1 biopic. The group got back together just last year; its first performance since reuniting was at last year's Mixtape Festival.
— Nelly, a rapper who went on to be a kind of a mogul and who made news in April when his tour bus was stopped by police and a search unearthed marijuana, methamphetamine and numerous handguns, including a gold-plated .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol. Nelly is currently out on bail.
— Sugar Ray, a pop-rock band from the '90s that hasn't released an album since 2009. They have appeared, as themselves, in the "Scooby Doo" movie in 2002 and on "American Dad," playing a spring break party in the 2008 season finale.
— Salt-n-Pepa, who are best known, now, for TV commercials for GEICO featuring their hit song "Push It."
— Vanilla Ice, the white rapper now known for his TV series "The Vanilla Ice Project," which followed his endeavors in renovating houses, on the DIY Network.
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