Jul 24, 2014
11:45 AMArts & Entertainment
'Queens of Hip Hop' Salt-N-Pepa in Free New Haven Concert
Salt-N-Pepa isn’t your father’s oldies group, with its sexed-up lyrics and in-your-face attitude. But almost 30 years after forming, it might just be your mother’s rap group, says Joe Amarante in opening his New Haven Register story on the free concert this Saturday (July 26) that is part of the Music on the Green series presented by Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Connecticut Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), which manages the historic Shubert Theater.
"The first female rappers to receive a Grammy, award-winning group, Salt-N-Pepa, consists of Cheryl James and Sandy Denton ("Salt" and "Pepa", respectively), and Deidre "Dee Dee" Roper (DJ Spinderella)," the Shubert says in a release. "As the first-ever female rap crew, Salt-N-Pepa broke barriers and opened doors that were once closed to women in hip-hop, giving them a voice in the historically male dominated industry. With hit songs like "Push It," "Shake Your Thang," "Shoop" and "Whatta Man,"Salt-N-Pepa continually defied expectations and catapulted the music genre to new levels."
The first concert in the series was "The Temptations featuring Dennis Edwards," who was the first new Temptation to enter the group after their "classic five" heyday, when he replaced David Ruffin as lead singer in July 1968, according to the Shubert. With his rougher gospel-hewn vocals, Edwards led the group through its psychedelic, funk, and disco periods, appearing on Grammy-winning hits such as “Cloud Nine” (1968) and “Papa Was a Rollin' Stone” (1972), before launching a solo career in 1984.
“The concert was terrific,” Anthony Lupinacci of CAPA said in Amarante's story. “The weather was perfect, and everyone in the crowd looked like they were having a great time dancing and singing along to all the Temptations’ hits.”
Here's the listing for this Saturday's concert from CAPA:
DATE: July 26, 2014
TIME: 6:00pm – Opening Act
LOCATION: New Haven Green (Temple and Elm Streets)
And an insider's tip from Amarante: Parking is $5 parking in the Crown and Temple street garages from 4 p.m.–midnight for Music on the Green concerts, but you must print out the coupon at http://infonewhaven.com/content/music-green and present it at the garage.