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- One ticket to see Salt-N-Pepa
- When: Thursday, August 29, at 8 p.m.
- Where: State Theatre
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $15 for gallery or mid balcony seating (up to a $48 value)
- $20 for mid orchestra seating (up to a $48 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
When Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” dropped in 1986, it was the push heard round the world. Back then, rap hadn’t dominated radio yet—in fact, many assumed the genre was a passing fad. But when the track landed on radio, wooing woofers with its strutting synths, sensual sighs, and the tag-team vocal attack of Cheryl James (“Salt”) and Sandra Denton (“Pepa”), it made a landmark announcement: not only was rap here to stay, but it was also no longer just a man’s game. After “Push It” earned a Grammy nomination and made Salt-N-Pepa the first all-female rap group to go platinum, it was clear that the group had permanently crashed the former boy’s club of rap.<p>
With the help of Deidra Roper, better known as DJ Spinderella, Salt-N-Pepa further cemented themselves as the “queens of hip hop” with hits that still sound fresh. Their dance floor smashes are empowering, but not preachy; sometimes controversial, but not in a button-pushing way. It takes moxie to release a song like “Let’s Talk About Sex” in the straight-laced, stirrup-pantsed year of 1990, but the song got people talking instead of giggling. Later hits such as “Shoop” and their En Vogue collaboration “Whatta Man” became permanent fixtures in the pop and R&B lexicon and staples of karaoke nights. That influence carries through today—after a hiatus, Salt-N-Pepa has made a stellar return in the 2000’s, appearing as one of the few rap groups on The Oprah Winfrey Show, earning BET’s “I Am Hip Hop” award, and starring in reality shows. On stage, Salt-N-Pepa gets back to what they do best in a set of greatest hit from their near three-decade career.
The State Theatre was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.