The 1990s return to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley this weekend when Vanilla Ice and C+C Music Factory headline Saturday’s all ages Rockin’ on the River festival.
Vanilla Ice froze the words “Ice Ice Baby” into the American consciousness in 1990, when his song by the same name hit the top of the charts. It is usually credited as being the first true rap song to reach No. 1, ushering in a new decade of music.
Besides “Ice Ice Baby,” his hits include “Play that Funky Music” and “Ninja Rap,” his single from 1991’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.”
C+C Music Factory’s high-energy songs “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” and “Things that Make You Go Hmmmm,” remain some of the most popular dance tracks ever recorded.
Gates open at 3 p.m. at Dave’s Valley Golf in Clarkston. Opening acts begin at 3:30.
Tickets are $32 in advance, $40 at the gate. Kids age 5 and younger admitted free with an adult. Advance tickets are on sale at Rosauers and Albertsons in Lewiston and Clarkston and at rockinontheriver.org.
Food and beverage vendors will be on site. No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the gates. Attendees are advised to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Parking is $2. Net proceeds from the festival are donated to local charities.
Before you go, brush up on your ’90s trivia and test your knowledge with this quiz.
- After his 1990s success, Vanilla Ice has:
a. Danced to “Ice Ice Baby” on TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
b. Lived with the Amish.
c. Written a book about how to succeed in real estate.
d. Started a line of ice cream.
- Which two lyrics are in “Ice Ice Baby”?
a. I’m killin’ your brain like a poisonous mushroom
b. I go crazy when I hear a cymbal
c. Bum rush the man at the podium
d. Slidin’ down the wall like I got cholera
- Which of these toys were insanely popular in the ’90s?
a. Tamagochi pets, a beeping hand-held device with a digital icon of an animal that “died” if you didn’t feed or water it enough each day. A precursor to the Snapchat streak.
b. Cabbage Patch Dolls, soft, chubby, dimpled dolls with plastic heads and the personality of a vegetable.
c. Beanie Babies, small plush animals that felt like they were full of beans. Adult collectors wildly hoarded them, convinced their value would go up in the future.
d. Pogs (also called milk caps), cardboard or plastic discs printed with a picture. Kids collected them by the hundreds to play games in which caps were traded.
- Which fiction author most dominated the No. 1 spot on the bestseller list throughout the ’90s?
a. Danielle Steele
b. Stephen King
c. John Grisham
d. J.K. Rowling
- What was the bestselling nonfiction book of the ’90s?
a. “Sex,” by Madonna
b. “Diana: Her True Story,” by Andrew Morton
c. “Tuesdays with Morrie,” by Mitch Albom
d. “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” by John Gray
- Which companies launched online in 1995?
b. Ask Jeeves
- Google, launched in 1998, was first called
- Bonus Question: What was the most talked about event in the 1990s that never happened?
Find the answers below…
1(a,b,c), 2 (a,b), 3(a,c,d. Cabbage Patch Kids were an ’80s thing.), 4(c), 5 (d), 6 (a,c,d. Ask Jeeves and Hotmail launched in 1996.), 7(b), 8(Y2K)