Whoomp, there it was: ’90s Fest hits Williamsburg

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Generation X: Nostalgic festival-goers packed into the outdoor space at 50 Kent to re-visit their favorite ’90s hits.
’90s kids: Donna Walter and Jen Peykar were among the many revelers who got to throw it back to their favorite decade.
Throwback: Melissa Freenan and Rebecca Lax came out with other nostalgic rockers.
Glory days: Kim and Oakes Nestico broke out their old plaid and band T-shirts to watch Blind Melon take the stage.
Grunge rocks: Plaid, tattoo chokers, and other classic ’90s styles abounded at Saturday’s throwback festival.
Retro love: Merch vendors at Saturday’s open-air festival peddaled ’90s nostalgia.

The ’90s over? As if!

Retro revelers in plaid and double denim flocked to Williamsburg to soak in ’90s nostalgia at a music festival featuring the best — and, arguably, worst — of the decade, and one fly guy said it was all that and a bag a chips.

“We’re products of the ’90s so we’re really into that style of music, so it was great,” said Oakes Nestico, who drove to ’90s Fest all the way from his crib in Pennsylvania with wife Kim.

Concert-goers packed into waterfront venue 50 Kent for the day-long outdoor concert hosted by “Biodome” star Pauly Shore and got jiggy with decade hit-makers including Lisa Loeb, Coolio, Smash Mouth, Salt N Pepa, and Blind Melon — whose lead singer died in 1995.

One devoted Loeb fan said the concert was the bomb diggity, and the sound waves were straight out of her youth.

“The reason I can’t remember anything in my adulthood is because I still have too many song lyrics stuck in my head from the ’80s and ’90s,” said Park Sloper Teresa Woodall, who came in the suspenders and goth makeup she donned as a teen.

Other ’90s styles and subcultures represented at the throwback fest included Cobain grunge, Britney bubble-gum pop, and duds worn back-to-front Kriss Kross style.

Peddlers pushing the retro-tastic attire of the era also sold ’90s band shirts and Clinton–Gore campaign souvenirs at a sideline flea market.

Woodall said the festival was a way to spend one more day in the era with other ’90s kids who still long for the days of the dot-com bubble and a Clinton in the White House.

“For me it kind of turned into the last really original decade when it came down to it,” she said. “Everything after that just went into a repeat of everything that had come before.”

You go girl!

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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