Tuesday, March 25, 2014


}Morrison-based rock n' roll band 30 WEST to open the night of '80s, '90s rock and hip hop music

On Friday, April 18, the Historic Dixon Theatre will be the site of an epic Throwback Night featuring the greatest Old School Hip Hop Tribute Band in the world -- Too White Crew.

The band is a self-described "tribute to the golden era of hip hop, featuring all-live music (no tracks) from a six piece band, accompanied by choreographed “Fly Girl” dancers. It’s a party band – it’s a show – it’s art – it’s madness on stage — all packaged in an unprecedented way."

Dixon Main Street executive director Josh Albrecht said that they are excited to bring this show to the Dixon Theatre stage.

"One of our goals is to bring a variety genres and flavors to the Dixon Theatre stage," Albrecht said. "The great thing about Too White Crew is that they are more than a musical group, they are a full-fledge choreographed show. This will be an experience-show on par with other acts that we have featured like Here Come the Mummies."

Too White Crew features music from classic groups like Sugar Hill Gang, the Beastie Boys, Run DMC, TLC, Salt-n-Pepper, Snoop Dog, and many more.

They have sold out shows at places like the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills (and is "The Playboy Mansion's Favorite Band"), the Luxor in Las Vegas and at clubs throughout the country.  TWC has also opened for old school artists such as the Digital Underground, Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, Naughty by Nature, Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock...as well as new school artists like Lil Jon, Jason Derulo, the New Boyz and Big Sean.   Too White Crew has even been described as "the hip hop cover band for people who don't even like hip hop."

Opening the night will be local rock band 30 West. Hailing from Morrison, IL, 30 West covers the past four decades of rock. Originally formed in 2005, 30 West has undergone lineup changes with the core remaining sibling guitarists Mike and Chris Mills. All current members have been a part of other musical projects prior to joining forces in 2012. They bring energy to the stage and are committed to entertaining their audience.

"Obviously the best way to kick-off a throwback night at the theatre is by having a rock band come and blow the roof off the place," Albrecht said. "30 West will have the kind of energy that sets the tone for a night to remember."

The party starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Val's Place will provide bar service throughout the night at the theatre and the theatre will operate their concessions stand.

General admission tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and are available at Trein's Jewelry, Venier Jewelers, and online at www.dixontheatre.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., showtime at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Dixon Main Street at 815-288-2308.

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