A week on the scene
In recent years the NBA’s All-Star Weekend has become an unofficial music industry gathering, particularly for folks in hip-hop and R&B. With this year’s game taking place in Houston, hip-hop’s current “it” town, the hype and festivities have grown to Texas-sized proportions.
For Spurs fans, the excitement kicks off on the night of Friday, February 17, with the start of Tony Parker’s International All-Star Weekend. Parker will present his world-premiere music performance at the Renaissance Houston Hotel, 6 East Greenway Plaza, and will be joined by the likes of Fabolous, Ludacris, and Jamie Foxx. Parker will follow that up with the All-Star Game on Sunday and a red-carpet screening of his debut video at the Live Sports Cafe, 407 Main Street, after the game. For more info, visit tpallstar.com. Other notable weekend festivities include Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Hang Suite with Cut Creator scheduled for Friday at the Wedge International Tower, 1415 Louisiana, (loud365.com), Real Life Entertainment’s Saturday Night Bash with Jadakiss, Funkmaster Flex, Paul Wall, and Bun B at the Grand Ballroom, 1521 Austin Street (reallifeent.com), and three nights of Nelly and friends at Hush nightclub, 15625 Katy Freeway (clubderrty.com).
Last year’s first-annual Urban Music Festival offered a crash course in the basics of the music biz crossed with a San Antonio Idol-style talent competition dominated by young kids still developing their creative identities. This year’s UMF promises more of the same, on a slightly bigger scale. The event will include panel discussions on the music industry, music-related vendors, food booths, and, of course, an extended showcase for aspiring singers, songwriters, emcees, and dancers. Prizes will include services such as a demo recording, photo shoot, and legal consultations. The Urban Music Festival takes place on Sunday, February 19 at the Cameo Theater, 1123 Commerce, from 3-10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for adults, $6 in advance and $8 at the door for students and seniors, and $3 for children five and under.