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Here’s what $10,000 of Salt-n-Pepa tickets looks like…

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.

This Fri. @ Fat City in Champaign and Sat. @ Crusens in Peoria!

Retro on Roscoe this Saturday at 8:00!

Maybe you need a refresher course!

Keenan Cahill and Too White Crew — coming soon to YouTube near you!

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.

Too White Crew & Keenan Cahill

Too White Crew Fly Girls with Keenan Cahill

Winter Music Fest III at Uncle Fatty’s!

We’re proud to be back at Uncle Fatty’s 3rd annual Winter Music Fest, Wednesday, January 25th.  The fest is packed with a metric ton of bands and DJ’s during the fest.  We’ll go on around 10:30 and play until something of importance breaks or until the poh-poh roll up, whichever comes last.

Thanks WORLD!

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!

TWC FAQ #394 — “Does Too White Crew Do Weddings?”

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 2013 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

“So you wanna be a Fly Girl?” Open auditions 9/12 @ 8:00PM!

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 411@toowhitecrew.com and we’ll send you everything you need to know yo.
Peace & humptiness,
C-note & the Too White Crew

Why this weekend is gonna kick major ass

For starters, we’re at the Tilted Kilt in Elgin Friday, and it’s probably gonna Storm, and by Storm, we mean this guy:

We don’t know who he is…or if he’ll even be there for sure, but he hasn’t missed a Kilt show of ours yet, so it’s an odds-on favorite he’ll make a cameo with his extra fly white leather dancing shoes.
Tilted. Kilt. Staff. Uniforms. There. We said it.

Then we say our prayers as we head down to Peoria for our annual show at the Riverfront Saturday night. It’s an all ages show (8-11PM), which old school TWC fans in the P take seriously. We’ve been dropping our lyrical bombs in Ptroit for 8 years now so a lot of Peorians treat this show as a way to anoint their lower case G’s and give them points toward their hood card.

As for the show itself, KISS-FM is all up in it, we’re bringing new tunes, lobbing in our new “Brass Funkies” horn section…AND the forecast shows a bleeding sun icon for Saturday, so that oughtta end our 3-year run of armageddon weather threats.

The prayers come into play because when we’re done at 11, we take our forty-logged asses over to Crusens on the Pharm for an annual “let’s-drink-our-faces-off-together-as-a-band” night. And because it’s the first time our Brass Funkies are in town with us, they’ve got a lot of catching up to do. We’ve talked a lot of shit to them about the madness that is Peoria. Now we’ve gotta back that thang up.

But that’s not all. Peorians know that Blackout Saturdays don’t end at Crusens. That’s only where the hook gets set. The real damage comes from the downtown after after party, allowing Crusens’ work to set in like an alcoholic rigor mortis. Our Brass Funkies are going to need to get Primed. Then to make sure we endure the maximum amount of hearing loss in one night, we’ll make a stop at SOP’s where our friends Rock U will be showing off their trick of moving bottles off the bar using only their Marshall stacks.

If all goes well — or terribly wrong, depending on which part of the body is near the toilet, there will either be a visit to (“push-one-through-the”) Hoops Pizza, or better yet, Richards, where the true 309 miscreants lurk until the sun is directly above the town. Just please keep us from breaking into the kitchen at Crusens at 6AM again. We always seem to forget that we can’t microwave uncooked, frozen chicken nuggets as an appetizer while we wait for the fryers to heat up. “Can I get you some bar-be-que sauce with that salmonella?”

Win $1000 at our show Friday night!

Furreals — Cans is giving away $1000 to the 2011 Queen of Cans at our show Friday night! “Like” Cans Bar Chicago on Facebook and nominate yo’ bad self — or some other hella fly trick who could use a spare G-note! We’re on from 8-10PM. Check our calendar for location and other info.