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Too White Crew pays tribute to hip hop at county fair

Updated: August 26, 2013 4:16PM

If you remember Jennifer Lopez when she was a Fly Girl or Will Smith when he hung out with DJ Jazzy Jeff, then you know what to expect when Too White Crew takes the stage Thursday, July 25, at the Lake County Fair.

“It’s a family-friendly hip-hop show,” said lead singer and manager John Cordogiannes of the Chicago-based act. “We do all the old-school hits that grown-ups know and a lot of younger kids know, too.

“It’s that old-school hip hop from the late ’80s and early ’90s, which is considered to be the golden era of hip hop,” he added. “We’re the only all-live tribute to hip hop in existence, and we’ve opened for a lot of the acts that we cover.”

According to Cordogiannes, that roster includes Naughty by Nature (“O.P.P.”), Nelly (“Country Grammar”), Tone Loc (“Wild Thing”) and Vanilla Ice (“Ice Ice Baby”). While he can tell you about being invited to perform at the Playboy mansion, Cordogiannes and his crew of eight performers are known locally for concerts at Austin’s Fuel Room in Libertyville and a 2012 appearance at the Lake County Fair.

“We usually have eight performers, but sometimes we have up to 20 with breakdancers and Fly Girls,” Cordogiannes said. “Even if you don’t like hip hop, you’ll like what we do. It’s really a tribute to the sounds, the sights and the look of that time — the late ‘80s and early ’90s.”

Thursday’s performance is scheduled to run fromm 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Festival Square main stage, just south of the fair’s Exposition Center. Admission is free with admission to the fair.

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- Dan Moran

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