SUNSET PEOPLE: On July 6, Smash Mouth, ?Sugar Ray and the Gin Blossoms are having a lil? meetup poolside at Mandalay Bay Beach ($35). This is, apparently, a package tour called Under the Sun, as in, ?There?s nothing new under the sun.? To my mind, this show is something VH1 might have coughed up in its reality-show dotage?a convention of three-hit wonders who never really did much for me, even in their mid-1990s heyday. (OK, I feel kinda badly about painting the Gin Blossoms with that same brush; I still like ?Hey Jealousy? and ?Til I Hear It From You.? They?re well-crafted pop songs and stand in sharp contrast with Sugar Ray?s singsong ?Every Morning? and Smash Mouth?s cartoony ?All Star.?) Anyway, they?re all playing together, all these ?90s guys. And even though I won?t be there, I wish them a safe voyage in the hot tub time machine or whatever.
BOYS TOWN: While we?re talking the naming of names ? When you get New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men together on the same stage?like, say, the stage of Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 6 ($40-$125)?it?s called The Package Tour, as in you probably wanna sit real close to the stage so you can check out Joey McIntyre?s package, you dirty birdy. Anyway: Back in the day, we called them ?boy bands,? but today, we call them prescient. The pop R&B of NKOTB, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men pretty much set the tone for what constitutes modern pop music, and their sound holds up surprisingly well. A sidenote to all single fellers of a certain generation: If ever you?ve entertained a thought of hitting on the fans of these bands, you can have at it; they?re now all of legal age. Bad news is, most of them are married to Not You.
NOW ON SALE: Brooklyn-based MC Theophilus London comes to the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan on July 25 ($20). He?s hitting town just as his star begins rising, and deservedly so; he?s a genre-hopping genius. Is he an R&B artist? A rock artist? An electro artist? Yes, and a few other flavors, too. Some have said that ?Wine and Chocolates? borrows too much from Kid Cudi. But I?m also hearing bits of Terrence Trent D?Arby, bits of Jamie Liddell and more. I?m really liking this guy.