We’ve got two new fests this weekend! This means plenty of WTF faces and grown ups dusting off dance moves that they thought were closeted forever (“fo’evuh, fo’evuh evuh?”). Friday’s show is at the Forest Park Music Fest and will be “all ages appropriate” so it’s shorty friendly. It’s right on Roosevelt Rd. and we’re on the east stage from 8-10PM. We’ll be heading to Doc Ryan’s to throw down after the show.
Saturday night is gonna snap like Rice Krispies. Plainfield always shows us mad love and now we’re playing their annual summer bash. Our homies the Modern Day Romeos are opening for us and we’re all wrecking shop in the beer garden. Which means it’s not all ages. Which means we get to throw DOWWWWWWWN. After party at MoeJoe’s!
And the tiks are coming our way Saturday night to be given away at our Wrigleyville Summerfest show! Joe’s on Weed St. wanted to sponsor our after party and it just so happens that Salt-n-Pepa will be performing right when we get there?! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. So you can either pay $39 on www.joesbar.com or be in the know by coming to our show from 8-10, where we will be GIVING them away – one ticket per person. The only thing you have to do is push it real good with us at the fest from 8-10PM – on Seminary, just north of Belmont) and give us your email address so we can send you our bi-monthly emails. That’s it.
So Too White Crew blew out the Windows at a Microsoft party last week and had the opportunity to have a special guest on our stage — Keenan Cahill, the YouTube lip sync dude who has almost a half BILLION views on his channel. He performed a MegaMix with our Fly Girls, then got up on our stage to lip sync Ice Ice Baby with us. We’ll be posting the videos soon. In the meantime, here are a couple shots of us with our new homey.
Much love to the 2000+ people around the globe who tuned in to see Too White Crew and MyLiveTicket.com make history by being the first streamed concert over the internet in full 1080p HD! It’s truly groundbreaking technology that represents the future of concerts and artist revenue. Tours, record sales, CD sales, merch, music videos, downloads have all been game changers and now streaming concert tickets sales with HD production is next. We’re proud to have been the band selected for the “experiment” that you’ll be seeing much more of in the near and distant future.
We had amazing feedback from Australia, London, South Africa, Germany, Canada and even Japan, including tour managers from arena-filling artists, so thank you thank you thank you!
The footage is being prepared for OnDemand viewing and we’ll certainly provide the link when it’s ready!
We feel we need to post a blog about this because we get asked this a lot and since we’re not a band that markets ourselves to the wedding industry, this is the only online info we have about having Too White Crew at a wedding. In the event you’ve found this blog because you searched for one of the tags we used in this blog, check out our website to see who we are and what we do so that the below blog makes better sense. If you’ve come here because you’re a TWC fan and are interested in having us at your wedding, please read on.
The short answer is yes, we do perform at weddings. We actually get asked to do dozens every year, BUT, we have been limiting our wedding performances to only a couple a season because summer time is festival season for us so depending on the date of the wedding, the future bride & groom might have to come up with an unusually thick stack of c-notes to get us away from the fests. At the end of the day though, we’d still end up costing less than the big wedding bands in Chicago, and we’ll definitely send guests home with more memories! Our band is also owned by someone who owns a huge, award-winning event & wedding planning company, so we kiiiinda know what makes for a great wedding…and a great wedding band.
“Oh Dear, what will Aunt Edna say when she hears that rap noise at your wedding?” Don’t worry. First of all, Aunt Edna probably won’t even hear us because we start with a DJ — and even if she sticks around long enough, she’d end up hearing the same old school songs that any wedding band with half a clue plays these days (like Bust a Move, Ice Ice Baby and Rappers Delight) — only we actually sound legit playing them and give an entertaining visual spectacle while playing them. The real irony is that traditional wedding bands and orchestras these days are starting to play a lot of current hip hop and R&B like Beyonce, Rihanna and Kanye West, which has way worse lyrics than anything we do. I mean who are we kidding when wedding bands play Cee Lo Green’s “F*ck You” by replacing “F*ck” with “Forget”? Is Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire” or Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” any more appropriate than Rump Shaker or Da Dip? The lyrics of current wedding reception hits make the lyrics in Let’s Talk About Sex seem like a Disney song.
When Too White Crew performs at weddings, we have a DJ start the night with the typical music young couples need to appease their older relatives and to perform all the traditional events like introductions, the couple’s first dance, father/daughter dance, etc. but then when it’s time to kick it into high gear later in the night, TWC bum rushes the stage so your guests can brush off their best running man, cabbage patch and the worm. Please note that we do not reimburse for pulled hamstrings or other breakdance-related injuries.
Feel free to view our song list, but do so with the understanding that it’s our master list — not a master of list of songs that we would play at a WEDDING, so when you see “Because I Got High” or “Boom I “%$&*ed” Your Boyfriend” you don’t need to worry about us slipping those (and others) into your wedding day. We also do a very different show at weddings than we do in a club: 1) There’s no swearing — even suggested phrases get altered, 2) we begin with all the innocuous, mainstream hip hop anthems so that the Baby Got Back’s and the Gin & Juice’s are late in the night (if you even want them at all) 3) we put a governor on the Fly Girls’ hip movements 4) we all wear extra fly, all-white warm up suits and all the girls’ stomachs are covered (that is, unless you want the half shirts!) and 5) we perform in and out of the DJ as needed to be sure the dance floor remains packed. We’re not divas, so we’ll roll with the vibe of the party. There’s no “45 min on, 15 min off” mentality in dealing with TWC.
The best thing about having us at a wedding may not even be our extra fly play list or the stage show. It’s what we do to customize elements of our performance to the bride & groom so that the show is unforgettable. Whether it’s giving gag gifts like a delicious forty of Colt 45 to the bridal party, having the bride take a pull of Boone’s Farm or gathering stories about friends and family in advance of the wedding so we can clown about them on the mic — we bring everyone together and make them laugh. We’re regularly told that we MADE the wedding.
Wanna take it this madness to another level? You can also theme out our performance with dookie chains as the bridal party gift – given out right before we start…and imagine when the waiters come around to the bridal party’s table, asking what wine they’d like and the choices are a 2014 Strawberry Hill or Blue Hawaiian? The party has clearly begun. All the themed elements (we have many more) don’t make the wedding any less formal or elegant. We’ll leave that to the actions of your guests, like when your uncle starts doin’ the Humpty.
So whoomp there it is. Are we a wedding band? Heeeal naw. Do we rock at weddings though? Does Warren G regulate?
Word to your mutha-in-law
Fly Girl Auditions! — Mon., Sept 12th at 8:00PM at Joe’s on Weed St.
“So you wanna be a Fly Girl?” Well now’s your chance! If you or someone you know is fly enough, Too White Crew is holding open auditions to be a TWC Fly Girl. It’s our first Fly Girl audition in almost four years! No one’s leaving the Crew either BTW — we’re just spreading the love and bringing another into the fam.
Here’s the 411: Auditions are going to be Mon., Sept 12th at Joe’s on Weed St. in Chicago from 8-10PM. It will involve some freestyling along with learning some TWC choreography on the fly to test your skillz.
It would be very helpful to be a trained dancer. Too White Crew’s Fly Girls are not just recreational dancers (view their profiles!) and pack some heavy street cred. It’s a more than just shakin’ what cho’ momma gave ya!
Being a TWC Fly Girl is hella fun. You’ll work hard learning the choreography then GET PAAAID to throw down. Our Fly Girls have gone with TWC to places like the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Las Vegas and we have several more flight dates along with our local shows this fall.
A few other things:
1) Being a Fly Girl isn’t just about the dancing. It’s about helping throw a mad party. Please pass this around to anyone who is serious about dancing and who can make the crowd go “daaaaayomn”!
2) Don’t get it twisted. We’re the “Too White Crew” not the “All White Crew”. All ethnicities are welcome!
3) You don’t have to be 21 to audition, but we’ll need to know in advance if you’re not 21.
4) If you’re interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you everything you need to know yo.
Peace & humptiness,
C-note & the Too White Crew