Old-school rappers to play PerrysburgWritten by Betsy Woodruff | | firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend, Andrew “Andrew Z” Zepeda will present a concert for the first time: the First Annual Miller Lite Music Fest. It will feature Naughty by Nature (“OPP”), Coolio (“Gangsta’s Paradise”), Tone Loc (“Wild Thing,” “Funky Cold Medina”) and Young MC (“Bust a Move”).
“The music’s going to be pumping, it’s just going to be a big party,” Zepeda said.
In between acts, DJ Rob Sample will play music so concert-goers will never have to watch an empty, silent stage.
“It’s a concert-party mix — it’s a carty,” he said, adding that the newly coined word is not a nod to Toledo’s former mayor.
He said he wanted to do something that had never been done in Northwest Ohio before: a fun, dance concert featuring bands from the 90s that people in their 30s will remember from high school.
Local rap group Snow Storm, which consists of four of Zepeda’s employees from one of his restaurants, will open both shows.
The bands will perform for two nights, Friday June 18 and Saturday June 19. Zepeda said this is because he wants as many people as possible to be able to attend the concert, despite how busy the weekend will be with Rally by the River and ZOOtoDO.
Booths will have food and alcohol available for concertgoers. Both nights, there will be an afterparty at his restaurant, Andrew Z’s Sportz Pizzeria in Perrysburg.
“It’s just going to be a lot of fun, and if people show up and have a good time, we’ll definitely do it again,” he said. “It’ll be interesting to see if people are into a show like this.”
The concert will be at Levi’s Commons in Perrysburg. Gates will open at 4:30 both nights. The first act will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance and at the door. VIP tickets are $100 and come with a variety of perks, including catering, backstage viewing and private bathrooms.
Some of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio.