Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice

Photo by Mark Davis

NEW BUFFALO, MICH. — Rappers and singers from nearly three decades ago held a festive party on stage at Four Winds Casino.

The I Love the '90s tour stopped at the casino's Silver Creek Event Center on Saturday night and turned the venue into a hopping dance club.

Starring on the concert bill were Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Color Me Badd, Tone-Loc and Young MC.

While a cross section of age ranges were seen in the audience, the crowd was largely made up of 40-somethings for this show that blended hip-hop, pop/rap and R&B.

It was a show that was literally more wild dance party than concert as the production went on for a little over three hours. DJ music was played between each act and the artists coaxed fans to take the opportunity to come up on stage and dance.

In the case of Salt N Pepa, fans who purchased one of the group's T-shirts were allowed up on stage for one tune, then were asked to exit the stage.

Young MC entertained fans with a few tunes, including "The Fastest Rhyme" and "Bust A Move," while Tone-Loc's set featured tunes such as the popular "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild Thing."

Color Me Badd, with its R & B grooves, performed a selection of their hits, including "I Wanna Sex You Up," "All 4 Love" and "I Adore Mi Amor." The group's lead singer, Bryan Abrams, proved his vocals are still strong during the group's set.

Salt N Pepa, aka Cheryl James and Sandra Denton, had the audience jamming on tunes such as "Shoop," "Push It" and "Let's Talk About Sex." What was disappointing with Salt N Pepa's set, however, was the girls didn't actually "sing" the chorus of the favorite "Whatta Man." They launched into the verses and pretty much talked through where the chorus should have been.

Vanilla Ice's segment was the highlight of the concert as Ice, also known as Robert Van Winkle, had the longest show segment, delivering hits "Ice Ice Baby," "Play That Funky Music" and more.

He also continued an extended dance party for the duration of three more songs after he originally thanked fans for coming and bid them farewell. A large segment of the audience had already left thinking the show was over.

Vanilla Ice, who donned red, white and blue clothing, also made a point of thanking all those who served in the military near the show's end. Before leaving the stage, he greeted fans, shook hands and took selfies.

For more information on the tour, visit ilovethe90stour.com.

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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.