Sherman has a little Ice in the forecast for early November.
Concert organizers announced this week that rapper and early 90s music staple Vanilla Ice will be headlining the “Back to the 90’s” concert alongside R&B group Color Me Badd which will be held Nov. 2 in downtown Sherman.
“With the resurgence in 90s culture and icons, Vanilla Ice was really the soundtrack for that generation, in my humble opinion,” former Sherman council member Kevin Couch, who is organizing the event, said.
Vanilla Ice, who was born in south Dallas, rose to fame in the late 80s and early 90s with the release of To the Extreme, his major label debut album, which spent 16 weeks at the top of the Billboard top 200. The album also saw two of Vanilla Ice’s biggest singles with “Ice Ice Baby” and a cover of Wild Cherry’s “Play that Funky Music.”
Color Me Badd formed in Oklahoma City in 1985 and have had two no.1 singles, one triple-platinum album and have sold 12 million records worldwide. The band initial broke up in 1998, but reformed in 2010 and have remained together since.
Couch said he came up with the idea for the concert about a month ago through his work as a manager for Color Me Badd The group has previously performed with Vanilla Ice, so the idea of bringing them together for a performance in Sherman made sense, he said.
In support of the event, the Sherman City Council voted Monday to approve shutting down portions of Crockett Street from Houston to Lamar for the concert with the 100 block set as the venue for the event. Concert organizers are also requesting additional barricades and trash receptacles for the event along with Sherman Police and Fire Rescue support services.
However, the city would see no direct cost from the concert being held, city representatives said.
Couch said the event could be a boon for downtown business as it could attract crowds up to about 1,500 into the area for the evening.
“Any time you can get a mass group of people in downtown it will benefit all of our local businesses,” he said.
This is the second local concert that Couch has proposed in the last two years. In 2018, Couch came before the Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority to request permission to hold a concert series in honor of country musician Buck Owens at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field.
At the time, the request was tabled by the RMA in order to get more details about the event. However, it has not been discussed since.
Couch confirmed that Dwight Yoakam was slated to be the headliner for the event, but scheduling conflicts have continued to delay the show. With Yoakum’s connection with Owens, Couch said he is the only act he could see as a headliner for the concert.
“Buck Owens is still on my calendar,” Couch said. “That event hinges on his availability.”
What do you think about the proposed downtown Sherman concert? Let local government reporter Michael Hutchins know at MHutchins@HeraldDemocrat.com.