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HOW DID WE MISS THIS?
Saturday, while we were putting our 40s on ice, polishing our Adidas whites, and while I was curling my hair – all in the green room at Joe’s – one of hip hop’s classic debut albums celebrated 20 years.

The Notorious B.I.G. released “Ready to Die” on September 13th, 1994. It was the first album to be released by the Bad Boy Records label and went double platinum in 1995. In 2006, this album was included in Time magazine’s top 100 albums of all time! Wha-Whaaaat!

Check this article which pays tribute Biggie’s life. Your mind may be blown by some of these factoids.

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Cheers!

I think I’ve finally recovered from the triple-header this past weekend. Yes, at 2:30pm on a Monday afternoon…better late than never, right? The crew got to party at three of our favorite places, and we even got to see our buddy, (Miggida)3 Matt, throw down one last “Slim Shady.”

The new stage at 115 Bourbon St proved it’s worthiness. A Colt was poured, a fly girl slipped, I drank a beer that was left unattended on the bar – sorry about the lipgloss, dude – and those new lights and that video screen blew everyone’s minds! Luckily, no one was bruised, severely injured, or scarred.
That being said, we’ll go ahead and break the news now: Too White Crew will be back at Bourbon St. on Friday, October 31st. Yes, ON HALLOWEEN. Start planning your costumes and get your game faces on, cause they don’t mess around when it comes to their costume contest.

Rockford!! You guys… GEEZ! YOU. GUYS. Giovanni’s went off without skippin’ a beat. We get some of the greatest welcomes every time our intro hits, and from start to finish, every person in the room stays on their feet. Big Al’s birthday party off of stage right was also goin’ down. Al, the Crew thanks you for all the amazing food before every show, and the incredible hospitality you’ve shown us through the years, and of course for allowing us to trash the banquet room every couple months.

Saturday night, we returned to Chicago and really got crazy at Joe’s on Weed St. After Mayweather went in for the win, the crew took the stage and went in for the kill. Chi-town, ya’ll never disappoint. After a few shots at the bar, after a few cases of beer and bottles of vodka and a few pizzas, we decided it was time for more shots, beers, and 40s (not quite another pizza, but it still gives you the workout). We kept the party jumpin’ nonstop from 11-1:30 and I’m pretty sure that in that time, I never saw an empty cup or bottle. Way to go, kids! That’s called keeping up! :)

The crew is taking this coming weekend off. It’s time to regroup. But still keep in touch with us, on Facebook. And don’t forget to post your pics from the party on Instagram and Twitter (@toowhitecrew / #toowhitecrew).
Meanwhile, cheers to YOU! We all survived the weekend. Let’s get ready for the winter.

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I once got busy…

Too White Crew has one hell of a weekend lined up. A triple-header comin’ straight at ya!

Thursday night, the wheels are comin’ off! 115 Bourbon St is gonna explode: we’ve got our Fly Girls and B Boys ready to roll, our Boone’s Farm & Colt 45 chilled and ready to pour, and (Miggida)3 Matt comin’ in for one last show to help break in the brand new stage. Yup! You heard me. We’re presenting you with a christening. The crew will be the FIRST to slay the new scene. Bourbon has brought in the pros as they built their biggest stage yet! They totally demolished that wall that separated the front sports bar from the banquet hall, and pretty much created a completely new front room! They’ve shipped in like, a bagillion new lights, and one of the most intense video walls I have ever seen.
Southsiiiiiiide!

Rockford, you’re next. This Friday; the crew has been counting down the days for this one. Giovanni’s isn’t simply known for the bomb-ass food that Big Al throws at ya, it’s also known for the killer parties they shut down the ballroom for. We’re bringin’ T-Wreckx in to show you his mad skills for the first time. Seriously. Mad skills, ya’ll. It’s also Big Al’s birthday bash!  There are some VIP tables available, along with some crazy giveaways they’ll be doing that night. We all know that “the rock” isn’t shy when it comes to giving warm welcomes, or when it comes to throwin’ down with the best of ‘em…Bring it on, guys! We’re countin’ on it.

We’re gonna close out the weekend with a bang.  Our mothership is callin’ us back to the Chi! Joe’s on Weed St, this Saturday night, is where it’s at. Like, really. 4 Fly girls, B Boys, that freakin’ stacked bar – duh – with their fly bartenders, and the rest of the crew are gonna expect your A-game. It’s been a hot minute since we’ve been able to let our show rated for G’s be revealed in the city. Come out and give us your best line. MAYBEEEE we’ll let you try some of our finest Mad
Dog.

Also, don’t miss any of the shenanigans we pull before, after, or even during these shows: you can follow us, tag us, share with us, friends, us, like us, spank us……wait… on Instagram or Twitter (@toowhitecrew / #toowhitecrew).

 

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It’s Monday!

I know I know, usually people don’t add an exclamation point at the end of “Monday” BUT it just means that there are fewer days left ’til this coming weekend. Find the positive, ya’ll!

Getting down to business now, this weekend ROCKED in the best way possible. Friday night at Nevin’s nothing less than what we expected from you, Plainfield. From our first cymbal hit, the roof came off. Thank you!
Now, what can anyone say about P-town? I don’t know if we’ve ever felt more like rockstars than we have every time we’ve hit the Peoria Riverfront. Even being at the fest stage, it didn’t hold anyone back from raging and having a pretty kickass time. I’m pretty sure the girls in the front were all of 18 at the most, and knew EVERY word. Werk, ladies!!! Proof that the good hip hop isn’t dead yet.

It was a blast of a weekend and perfect to break in “T-Wreckx.” Our new bass player got to see some of the best of the best that we get to play to. If you missed his first weekend, you missed out. But don’t worry, we’ve got some awesome shows in the upcoming weeks. Speaking of…
There’s some really awesome stuff lined up for the week. Thursday night, we’re throwing down at 115 Bourbon St – and we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves. One being their new stage! We are the first band to play on this thing… just wait ’til you see it. Friday, we’re heading west to Rockford and we’re gonna rage at Giovanni’s. Yes, we’re comin’ back in full effect; be ready. We’re closing out the weekend, back in Chicago, at Joe’s on Weed St. Our mothership is callin’.

Okay. As you continue to count down the minutes until your Monday is complete, just remember: It can always be worse.

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HUGE THINGS COMIN’…

Hey guys! The crew’s got some BIG updates for this weekend and next.  We’re slowing down on fests lately to bust the doors down on all the bars. Keep up with our schedule, and don’t miss any of the crazy comin’ your way.

THIS Friday we’re making our return to Nevin’s Brewing Company in Plainfield. We’ve got our new bass player coming in, who a bunch of you will probably recognize from his previous party partners. He’s got some awesome funk behind his groove that we can’t wait to drop on all ya’ll.

SATURDAY night we’re ready to kill the Peoria Riverfront. This time, we’re playing on the Festival Stage just north of the Gateway Building. I know, I know, for those of you who are anything like me this is gonna get confusing. So, lemme explain it: park in one of the lots or the garage by the river; near, on, or around Water St. Enter through the Gateway Building, and where you’d normally go to your right, GO LEFT!!! It’s not gonna be your usual riverfront show, either: we’ve got 4 FLY GIRLS, Big D, DJ McFly spinnin’ before us and during our set break, AND the Dopestylez crew is bumrushin’ our bubble again before and during the show.
After we clear out the front, Too White Crew is heading right over to Crusens on Farmington Rd. to catch our buddies in The Personnel. They’ll be rockin’ out til they’re told to stop…then the after-after party will be at Berlin. Per the usual – ya’ll know the drill by now, right?
Seriously, this is gonna be the biggest blast to end the summer for everyone. You don’t wanna miss it.

Now, seriously, check out some of our plans for next weekend:
The crew’s got a triple-header starting with 115 Bourbon St in Merrionette Park, NEXT THURSDAY, 9/11. SOUTHSIIIIIIDE! Miggida(3) Matt is comin’ back for ONE NIGHT ONLY to hang with us all, and to officially pass the bass.
AAAAANNNNDDDD… you know that new, huge stage in the front room that they’ve been promoting and showing updates on almost weekly? Turns out that Too White Crew is the FIRST BAND EVER to christen the stage. I mean, why the hell not, right? We’ve got all kinds of options that serve the purpose – Boones Farm, Mad Dog, Colt 45, and I’m sure I’ll find myself some Fireball because that’s just how I roll.

So yeah. Ya’ll don’t want to miss anything I just told you about, because you just don’t.
With all this crazy that’s about to go down with everything I just rattled off to you guys, make sure you connect with us on Facebook. Make sure you and your friends also share your pics with us on Twitter & Instagram (@toowhitecrew / #toowhitecrew).

I hope everyone’s getting in those last few BBQ’s before the summer is really gone…I’m sure this guy’s having a good time. ;)

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It’s September Already?!

Okay. I know most of us took a night little break yesterday from the typical Monday because it was Labor Day, and now today totally feels how Monday normally does…or something like that. It’s that way for me, at least.
Anyway, the crew had a lot going on this past weekend. It was definitely a bittersweet way to close out August. Here’s why:

Hollywood Casino in Joliet greeted us with another insane Friday night. Everybody was on their feet from the beginning to end, and even a little on the break. But that was only when they weren’t flocking to the bar. Backstage was definitely the place to be that night. It gets all levels of hot up in there, and you don’t wanna miss it next time.

We brought the party down to the annual Kincaid Family Labor Day Picnic on Saturday night. We didn’t know WHAT we were walking into that night. We’d never been before. Imma say this right now: Ya’ll know how to throw down! This turned out to be quite the hidden gem of a party town just outside of Springfield.
This pleasant surprise in Kincaid was totally perfect, too. This is where we had our official sendoff to Miggida(3) Matt. For almost 7 years, this guy has killed it as Too White Crew‘s bass player; and as our ears for so much of the medleys, harmonies, and extra little sounds you catch in each song to prove it’s all live. :)  He’s got some incredible opportunities ahead of him, so as sad as it is for us to see him go, I think it’s fair for me to say we are each very excited for his new endeavors.

THIS FRIDAY, we will be introducing our new bass player to you all.  You don’t want to miss it! This guy will look familiar to some of you, and he’s got fly written all over him. The dude’s got some awesomely funky grooves, and we’re ready to show him off to the world…or at least the midwest until we’re flown away somewhere. ;)  Get ready, ya’ll…

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS, we’re coming for you.

This weekend, Too White Crew is going to make things happen. I mean, shit is gonna get real.

I’mma start with Friday night. We’re making our return to Backstage @ Hollywood Casino in Joliet. Last time we hit this joint, it sold out before our first set even finished! We’ve got the pics to prove it. AND!!! From what I can remember, it was one of the finest booty-shake contests I’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing. Ladies, bring it! Bring it all to us THIS Friday. The bomb drops at 8PM.

Saturday night’s a different story. For the first time in like…ever, the crew is chuggin’ our Colt 45‘s all the way south to the annual Kincaid Family Picnic. “Look it, look it, look it…” We haven’t hit Central Illinois in a HOT second; it’s been more like almost a lifetime, or something, cause I don’t think I even knew what weave was the last time they made this trip.
Whoa! I’m really dating myself now.
We hit the stage @ 9PM. It’s all ages, so don’t worry about bad language. We got this.

On a seriously serious note: THIS WEEKEND IS (MIGGIDA)3 MATT’S LAST COUPLE OF FULL SHOWS! This dude kills it like it’s never been before, and as thrilled as we all are for his new adventures comin’ at him, he’s gonna be hella missed. This guy has been the brains behind many of those medleys that y’all have partied to – little did you know, huh? Dude’s got skills! Come out and let’s give him a proper send off.

Oh! I just thought I’d share this new trick that I can’t wait to try. Like, for real. Check it!

Don’t act like you didn’t just jump a little.

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Daaaaaaaaaamn!

This weekend was IN. SANE.

We played a killer private party Friday night at the Chop Shop in Wicker Park for some of our favorite high-rollers. It included a cameo performance of Ron Jeremy (yes, you heard me THE Ron Jeremy) on his harmonica rippin’ a badass “When The Saints Go Marching In.” Tell me if your dreams wouldn’t have been fulfilled after that. Seriously.
I’m afraid if I get too into detail about what else went down that night, it’d be going against the sanctity of it being a “private” event. ;)

Saturday night, we got to tear it up with our Rockford peeps @ Cherry Valley Days. This is one of my new favorites, because ya’ll really knew how to make us feel like rockstars. Your energy is what keeps us going on muggy nights like that one. Thank you, thank you.

I’m gonna get back to my sabbatical now. But before I do, check out this teaser of evidence from this weekend’s throw down:

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Guess What Day It Is.

Yup! It’s Wednesday. It’s an awesome day in Chicago and I’m about to hit the pool. Before I do, I’m reminding all of you guys about the stuff we’ve got going on this weekend so plans can continue to be made. ;)

Friday night we’re gonna be ballin’ with the best of ‘em. The party we’re crashin’ is gonna be SO badass, that we can’t even tell you where it’s at. All I can say is that we can’t wait to get there.

Saturday, we bring the noise to Cherry Valley Days. That means you, Rockford peeps. When we hit at 10pm, you know it’s on. AAAAAAND it’s ALL AGES – bring the kids! They’ll love that we don’t even start until after bedtime.

Also, another upcoming weekend means you’ve got a couple more days to make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Twitter (@toowhitecrew); and join the crew on Facebook. You’ll see all sorts of the behind-the-scenes craziness that we don’t get to share with everybody.

Sidenote: if you’re having a drag-assy kind of week, here’s something you should remember.

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As Fest Season Wraps Up…

Okay ya’ll, summer is coming to a close and the fests are slowing down.  The beautiful fall weather this past weekend didn’t stop ANYONE from coming out and  joining the parties, though.

Friday night blew our minds! It was chilly before we started, and the entire street was packed with you clowns…the whole night! Festa Italiana was a first for us this year and with that kind of welcome, the amazing food, and of course the awesome Star Events crew, I hope we get to hang in Little Italy again next year.

Lake Geneva’s Venetian Fest wasn’t any less exciting. You guys packed yourselves in and refused to move throughout our three sets! That’s a long night, and the party didn’t even stop there – I heard there was quite the throw down afterwards at Champs. Way to set the bar and raise it all at the same time, Wisconsin.
Thank you to the Jaycees for having us back this year, and to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to making that night another one of our favorites.

And yesterday is a little foggy for me…because it was. That STILL didn’t stop the entire lot from filling up. Edison Park, you guys surprised us with your Sunday Funday abilities to keep up with the crew. I’m pretty sure, I never managed to finish the forty like I promised C-note I would, BUT I bet anyone in that crowd could’ve managed.

Okay. So seriously, guys, the summer is clearly coming to an end. As much as it totally bums me out to realize and share that newsflash with you, it doesn’t mean that all of our outdoor shows are done. We’ve got a few more coming up, and you can check ‘em here, on our website, or our tourdates tab on Facebook.
Also, keep up with us on Twitter & Instagram (@toowhitecrew / toowhitecrew).

Now, realize I couldn’t pick just one crowd shot from this weekend, but I was forced to by no fault of my own. Edison Park Fest, you guys win. CHECK IIIIIIIT!

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