Crack open a Crystal Clear Pepsi and get ready for some decades-old R&B
Capitalizing on the era of flannel, “Friends” and the Fresh Prince, '90s Fest returns to the Columbus Commons for an event the promoter describes as a “totally immersive, time-traveling experience” full of “throwback-tivities.” That could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how old you were in the '90s and whether or not you want to bring back memories of acne, school assemblies and prom.
Last year, Nickelodeon-themed activities dominated the Commons, and when Alive covered the event, host Pauly Shore was an inebriated-but-entertaining emcee in between performers like Sisqo, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Vertical Horizon and Sister Hazel. This year's musical lineup is a bit trimmer, featuring headliner TLC, which has performed as a R&B duo since the 2002 death of third member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes; Blackstreet, the R&B group best known for the 1998 Grammy-winning single “No Diggity”; and C&C Music Factory, the group whose hit “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” lives on to this day in non-Pixar animated films and Applebee's commercials.
So break out your flannel, slap bracelets and “Bo Knows” T-shirts and do your best to repress the memories of that time the girl you liked in eighth grade rolled her eyes at you because you obviously didn't understand the deeper meaning of TLC's “Waterfalls.” (Fans only)