Hip-Hop Artists Invade the PHX During All-Star Weekend

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Snoop Dogg is scheduled to appear at Scottsdale nightspots Club Rain and Barcelona during All-Star Weekend.


If we learned anything from the hullabaloo over last year's Super Bowl in Glendale, it's that the actual sporting event is almost secondary to the slew of celebrations that take place. It seems like every major hip-hop and R&B artist was in town for both the big game and the celebrity-laden festivities.

And it's turning out to be the case with next weekend's All-Star Game in downtown, as plenty of blockbuster names will be booking first-class flights to the 'Nix (Busta! Luda! T.I.! Jeezy!).

Here's a rundown of who's gonna be where:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12:

All-Star Jazz Jam
Saxophone player Marion Meadows offers an evening of smooth jazz beats.
7 p.m.; $25 pre-sale, $100 at the door
The Wrigley Mansion, 2501 East Telawa Trail, Phoenix, 602-955-4079.

Latin All-Star Weekend Party
It's been hard to avoid Baby Bash, as the his Top 40 club-poppin' hit "Cyclone" seems to be on the radio non-stop and is playing at every single nightspot we hang out at these days. Latino hip-hop impresario is sure to bust out with the song when he performs in south Scottsdale along with NYC R&B act Nina Sky.
8:30 p.m.; $30 general admission, $50 VIP, and $200 for a table (call 480-797-6233 for reservations)
Club Rain, 1420 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

944's All Star Weekend Kick-Off
The magazine's swanky and chic four-day celebration starts off with a night of spin sessions from the turntablist quartet of DJ OB-1, DJ Vice, DJ Reach, and DJ Ross One . Suns superstar Amar'e Stoudemire will host the evening.
7 p.m.; $50 general admission, $100 for VIP access.
W Scottsdale Hotel, 7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480-970-2100.

PHX All-Star Comedy Show
There will be plenty of laughs unleashed as former Def Comedy Jam host Joe Torry presents a hilarious line-up of urban jokesters, including B-Phlat, A.G. White, and Comedian Kyle.
8 p.m.; $25-$35
Orpheum Theatre, 200 West Washington Street, Phoenix, 602-534-5600.

Welcome to the City Concert featuring Young Jeezy
The chart-topping Def Jam recording artist brings his rap act to P-Town to kick off All-Star weekend.
8:30 p.m.; $20-$35
Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street, 602-267-1600.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13:

All-Star Weekend Valentine's Slow Jam featuring Mint Condition
The '90s R&B hitmakers will get you in the mood for love as they stage an evening of seriously sexy music with special guest Shai.
8:30 p.m., $20-$30
Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street, 602-267-1600.

Nelly's Celebrity All-Star Jam (UPDATED)
R&B superstar Chris Brown was originally supposed to headline this event, but as been replaced with Nelly due to the legal kerfuffle surrounding his recent arrest.
8 p.m., $25 general admission, $40 VIP access
Corona Ranch Entertainment Complex, 7611 South 29th Avenue, Phoenix.

The F.A.M. Affair's All-Star Weekend
The downtown venue will be bumpin' with the beats of Jamaican pop singer Barbee and hip-hop artist Naturel.
9 p.m.; $40-$75 general admission, $80-$200 for VIP access
The Icehouse, 429 West Jackson Street, 602-257-8929.

944's All Star Weekend featuring Jadakiss and DJ Jazzy Jeff
You'll probably be hearing plenty about Jadakiss in the coming months, as the Roc-A-Fella hip-hopper's latest album (The Last Kiss) drops in March. Get a preview of some of his latest tracks at the second night of the 944 party, which also features an appearance by Fresh Prince cohort Jazzy Jeff.
7 p.m.; $50 general admission, $100 for VIP access.
W Scottsdale Hotel, 7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480-970-2100.

Snoop Dogg's All-Star Party
The Doggfather returns to the Valley for two straight nights of hip-hop hootenannies, starting with this off-the-chain extravaganza in south Scottsdale. Joey Boy and Lady La from Power 98.3 will also be in the house.
8:30 p.m.; $50 advanced tickets, $75 for VIP access, $500 for table service (call 480-797-6233 for reservations)
Club Rain, 1420 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14:

Ludacris
Power 98.3's "President of the Afternoon" Jx3 plays host for a special gig by the superstar rapper and actor.
8:30 p.m., $50 advanced tickets, $75 for VIP access, $500 for table reservations
Sugar Daddy's, 3102 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-970-6556.

944's All Star Weekend featuring Common
Fresh off his appearance at last month's Home States Ball inauguration celebration for Obama, Common is certain to attract a huge crowd for his gig at the W.
7 p.m.; $50 general admission, $100 for VIP access.
W Scottsdale Hotel, 7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480-970-2100

Shaq & Cedric the Entertainer's All-Star Comedy Jam
The Big Shaqtus yukks it up with one of the Original Kings of Comedy. If Shaq really wants to get some laughs, maybe be he should roll out a basketball hoop and try making some free throws (rimshot).
9:30 p.m., $60-$150.
Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street, 602-267-1600.

Star Studded Saturday featuring Snoop Dogg
This big-time bash is guaranteed to be one of the hottest tickets in town during All-Star Weekend, where Snoop will be joined by 104.7 KISS FM's Special K, DJ Triple XL, and a bevy of beautiful fashion models who'll strut their stuff during a lingerie fashion show. Fo' shizzle.
9 p.m.; $75 general admission, $200 VIP access, $3,000 for VIP bottle service
Barcelona Nightclub, 15440 North Greenway Hayden Loop, Scottsdale, 480-941-6077.

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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15:

All-Star Sunday Grand Finale
Besides appearances by LeBron James and Ludacris, this swank soiree promises music from singer Keri Hilson, DJ LS One, and DJ Mark Da Spot.
9 p.m., $100 pre-sale
Myst, 7340 East Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, 480-970-5000.

Busta Rhymes
We hear tickets are selling fast for Busta's big show at Club Rain, so be sure to get yours ASAP before the gig sells out.
8:30 p.m., $30 advanced tickets, $40 for VIP access, $500 for table reservations
Club Rain, 1420 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Jim Jones
In addition to his big money mic skills, Jim Jones also serves as one of the CEOs of Diplomat Records, acts in flicks like Righteous Kill, and works as an A&R rep for Warner Music Group. He also finds time to get embroiled in feuds with such folks as Jay-Z and Tony Yayo. Oh yeah, he performs now and again too, like he will during his upcoming gig in Scottsdale.
8:30 p.m., $30 advanced tickets, $40 for VIP access, $200 for table reservations
Sugar Daddy's, 3102 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-970-6556.

T.I.
All-Star Weekend will reach its climax as T.I. takes to the stage of the Celebrity.
9 p.m., $60-$70
Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street, 602-267-1600.



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