It's an ultimate throwback summer trek for all of us borderline Generation X/first Millenials.  New Kids on the Block is headlining the Mixtape Tour, with lots of '90s star power: Salt-N-Pepa, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and NJ natives, Naughty by Nature. The Grammy-winning hip hop trio got started in East Orange.

Along the tour, there's two shows in Jersey: July 2 at the Prudential Center (Newark) and July 5 at Borgata (Atlantic City). The tour also is stopping in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center (June 27).

The New 'Kids' have been reunited now for over a decade and they've put together some fun bills over the past few years. In my totally biased opinion, this is their best yet, since it's a real feel for what their first-generation fans were listening to at the same time. There's even a new song featuring *all* the tour-mates called '80s Baby.' It's slowly growing on me.

I've already seen nostalgic fans rounding up their squads on social media, planning for a big night out. I recently found some old memorabilia - a giant button, band biography and NKOTB trading cards. I'm still searching for my Ken-sized, Donnie Wahlberg doll, though.

Remembering those 'Hanging Tough' days (Erin Vogt, Townsquare Media)
Remembering those 'Hanging Tough' days (Erin Vogt, Townsquare Media)

Proud Jersey Girl Erin Vogt’s first reporting gig involved her Fisher Price tape recorder. As a wife and momma of two kiddies, she firmly believes that life’s too short to drink bad coffee.  A fan of the beach, Dave Grohl and karma, in no particular order.

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