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Pump up the jams: Arrested Development, C+C Music Factory, Vanilla Ice coming to Tampa Bay this fall




Even for ’90s diehards like yours truly, this is almost too much to take in.

An unprecedented glut of early-’90s MTV Party to Go hip-pop artists are making their way to Tampa Bay in September and October, so dust off those spandex shorts and Zubaz pants.

It all starts at Shephard’s Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach, whose annual Labor Day “Old Skool Weekend” will bring in Kid ’n Play, C+C Music Factory, Vanilla Ice and Rob Base.

Kid ’n Play will turn Shephard’s into a House Party on Sept. 1, and they’ll be joined by C&C Music Factory, who are Gonna (try to) Make You Sweat. Now, we know something about this show is making you go, “Hmmm...” — probably the fact that one of the C’s in C+C Music Factory, David Cole, died in 1996. Well, the group reformed in 2010 with new vocalist Eric Kupper joining Robert Clivillés. (Seems like he should have adopted the spelling “Cupper,” right? We digress.) Admission is $15.

On Sept. 2, Vanilla Ice will return to Shephard’s for a little Ice Ice Baby, joined by Rob Base (It Takes Two ... though apparently it doesn't take DJ E-Z Rock, Base's partner on that hit single) and DJ Skribble. Tickets will be $20. Click here for info.

But don’t think the party stops on Labor Day weekend. Far from it. On Sept. 14, Grammy-winning hip-hop group Arrested Development (above), famous for alternative pop hits like Tennessee and Mr. Wendal, will bring their 20th anniversary tour to the State Theatre in St. Pete. Tickets are $17. Click here.

Finally, on Oct. 5, Tone Loc will return to St. Pete for a show at the State Theatre. He gets paid to do the Wild Thing, so if you want tickets, they’re $16. Click here.

Now, if someone can only get Crystal Waters and Tony Toni Tone on the phone...

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Monday, July 30, 2012 6:14pm]


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