Grammy-winning rapper Coolio passed away this week, to the shock of anyone who listened to music in the 90s. The artist was just 59 years old. 

Coolio seemed to be touring constantly, even up to his death. He made several appearances in Washington State over the years. I'm sure this list is not all of his concerts in the Evergreen state, but it does include a couple of note. One is an appearance near Spokane just a month ago. The other is the premiere party for Seattle's GameWorks, which was broadcast on Mtv.

Note: The accompanying photos of Coolio are not from Washington shows, however the videos are.

MOBO Awards 2006 - Awards Room
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Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights, 8/31/22

Coolio was among the artists who brought the "I Love the 90s" tour to Airway Heights this past summer. Vanilla Ice, Color Me Badd, Montell Jordan, Mark McGrath, All-4-One, and Rob Base joined the Grammy winning rapper. Coolio posted a montage of several clips from his set to Instagram.

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Star Theater at Spokane Arena, 10/2/16

The first time Coolio brought the I Love the 90s nostalgia tour around, he was joined by Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, and Young MC.

Xfinity Arena in Everett, 6/18/15

For this radio sponsored "house party" Coolio performed in a Seattle Sonics hat and t-shirt.

Coolio ended his set plunging into the crowd, shaking hands, hugging, and taking selfies.

- Sunny Martini, Seattle Music News


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Jazzbones in Tacoma, 6/7/14

Knitting Factory in Spokane, 6/3/10

DV8 in Seattle, 6/2/99

Ahead of this show, Coolio spoke with Myke Folger at The Seattle Times and said:

"The thing that separates me from a lot of people (is that) every song I do, I use a different style of rap. I change my styles."

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GameWorks Premiere Party in Seattle, 3/15/97

Coolio closed out an Mtv special celebrating the launch of Seattle's GameWorks. Beck also performed. Steven Spielberg, Carmen Electra, and Vince Vaughan host and/or make appearances. You'll have to skip to the last minute or two of the video to see Coolio.

Lollapalooza at the Gorge at George 7/4/95

Budweiser Superfest in Tacoma, 9/30/94

That's the list. I wish there was more info to give. If you were at any of the shows and have memories to share, please leave a comment. If you have photos from the event, send them our way. This article can be edited to include them.

RIP Coolio.

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