The Lowdown on All-Star Weekend's Biggest Parties
|Nelly will attempt to fill Chris Brown's shoes during this weekend's All-Star festivities.|
The Valley's about to get a little "derrty."
Universal Records rapper Nelly is doing the Nix's hip-hop fans a solid by filling in at the two gigs that Chris Brown abandoned eartlier this week due to the recent legal problem's the R&B singer has become embroiled in. As a result, tomorrow night's party at the Corona Ranch in Laveen and Saturday night's shindig at Club Rain (both of which were scheduled to be hosted by Brown) will still be happening, but "Country Grammar" and "Hot in Herre" will likely be blasting out of the loudspeakers instead.
If Nelly's isn't your particular brand of vodka, don't worry. As we're sure you're aware by now, there are countless other fetes taking place throughout the Valley over the next four days that are connected to the All-Star Game in some fashion.
Following the break you'll find our compilation of some the more groovier parties. (Be sure to check out the previous post giving the 411 on some of All-Star Weekend's various big-time hip-hop concerts and comedy events).
And just in case you're looking for a ride home, Valley Metro will be offering extended hours starting tomorrow through Sunday evening/Monday morning. The final trains will depart downtown Phoenix (a.k.a. the epicenter of All-Star madness) at 1 a.m. on each of those nights.
Party hard, P-Town!
THURSDAY, FEBRAURY 12:
15440 North Greenway-Hayden Loop, Scottsdale
Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson will reign over the All Star Tip-Off Party, which also boasts four different DJs, three dance floors, and ticket giveaways to the big game. 9 p.m., $50-$100. Call 602-628-8893.
8501 North 27th Avenue
This north Phoenix club is calling its shindig the "Cheapest All-Star Party in the Valley," which will have $2 Coronas from 9-11 p.m., as well as $3 Pink Pussy shots and $3 Long Islands all night. DJs will spin hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and old-school jams. 10 p.m., $10. Call 602-995-5982.
7353 East Indian School Road, Scottsdale
Phat Farm Clothing stages its swank All Star Kick-Off Party in the Red Bar with slew of DJs on the decks, including DJ J-Nice, DJ M2, Amen Ra, and the members of Silver Medallion. 9 p.m., free. Call 480-444-0549.
122 East Washington Street
The All-Star Weekend House of Hennesy starts with a "Welcome to PHX" soiree hosted by comedian Joe Torry and offering appearances by the NFL's Adrian Peterson and Bobby Wide. DJs Robby Rob and Illmatic provide the music. 9 p.m., $20 (with VIP packages starting at $350). Call 602-258-1830.
7135 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale
Chuey the Rock 'N' Roll Midget will make a special guest appearance at the "Official Mexican Basketball Association All-Star Party" where he'll engaged in the "Juan on Juan" slam dunk competition. Also on tap for the party is spin sessions by DJs Benjamin Cutswell and Tricky T, drunken donkeys (!!), games, a mustache competition, drink specials like $3 Tequila Herradura shots and $2 Miller Lite bottles, food, giveaways, and more. (Full disclosure: We're the sponsor of this shindig). 7 p.m., free. Call 480-675-7777.
3102 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Check out the Young Jeezy after party following the rapper's concert at Celebrity Theatre. Power 98.3's Jx3 hosts, DJ M2 will spin, and local basketball star (and Atlanta Hawks point guard) Mike Bibby will be in attendance with his Team Dime. 8:30 p.m., $30 in advance (with VIP access available for $40 and tables starting at $200). Call 480-797-6233.
US Airways Center
201 East Jefferson Street
The NBA's throwing a crackalackin' All-Star Block Party (a first for them) featuring player appearances, live music, various hoops-themed activities, special broadcasts by TNT and NBA TV, video-game kiosks, and more. Best of all, it's free. 4-10:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, and Friday, February 13; 2-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, and Sunday, February 15. Visit this site for more.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13:
3613 East Van Buren Street
Crack some bottles at the All-Star Players Toast where Bishop Don Magic Juan will serve as emcee and large list of invited guests (ranging from Ice Cube and Lil' Jon) may show up. There's also off-the-hook parties on Saturday, February 14, and Sunday, February 15. 9 p.m., $50-$2,000. Call 602-707-7141 or visit www.allstarplayerstoast.com.
15440 North Greenway-Hayden Loop, Scottsdale
Playboy presents a special All-Star Weekend release party for its March issue. Special guests include Terrell Suggs from the Baltimore Ravens and Vernon Davis from the San Francisco 49ers. 7 p.m., $75-$200. Call 866-448-1928 or visit www.allstarpresents.com.
Big Fish Pub
1954 East University Drive, Tempe
Keep it West All-Star Weekend Bash will feature hip-hop and R&B performances, drink specials, and more. Also runs on Saturday, February 14. 7 p.m., $5 for ladies, $10 for guys. Call 480-449-3474.
2424 East Thomas Road
The Men of Libra present their All-Star Weekend Kick-off Party for members of the GLBT community. 9:30 p.m., $10. Visit www.myspace.com/theblackpartyaz.
Corona Ranch Entertainment Complex
7611 South 29th Avenue, Laveen
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. DJ Drama and his "gangster grill" will be dropping some hot tracks. 8 p.m.; $25 general admission, $40 VIP access. Vist www.celebritytheatre.com.
Friday's Front Row Sports Grill
401 East Jefferson Street
The "Party Like an All-Star" fete promises ticket and prize giveaways, bottle service, and three rooms of DJs spinning tracks and broadcasting videos. 10 p.m. $20 before 11 p.m. Call 602-625-5555 or visit www.ticketlobster.com.
7340 East Shoeman Lane
Walk the red carpet and hang with pro-sports stars like LeBron James and Dwayne Wade (they seem to be a popular cats this weekend for some reason) at "The Big One" celebration. 9 p.m., $40-$100. Call 480-970-5000.
Open Gallery Bar & Grill
5025 North Seventh Avenue
The newly-opened restaurant and nightspot will be open all night during the Celebrity After Hours Party hosted by hip-hop star Jim Jones. 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Call 602-277-0323.
2375 East Camelback Road
A slew of rap artists and comedians play host for a special All-Star event, including DeRay Davis, Kevin Hart, and Angel Lola Luv. 8 p.m., $10. Call 602-954-5620.
Vintage Bar & Lounge
414 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
Low on green? Royal Epic Clothing is presents a free party in downtown Tempe with music from electro/hip-hop group Silver Medallion, drink specials, and more. 9 p.m. Visit www.myspace.com/vintageloungetempe.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14:
Calvin Charles Gallery
4201 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale
The ultra-decadent Glamour Oasis after hours party offers an all-night experience featuring complimentary gourmet food and beverage buffet, massages, wine and spirits tastings, card games, DJs and live music, and a sumptuous décor scheme boasting candles and incense. All runs on Sunday, February 15. Midnight-6 a.m. $50 (or $80 for a two-night pass). Visit www.glamourlife.com.
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 North Second Street
Actress/singer Sheryl Lee Ralph hosts the fourth annual All-Star Gospel Brunch Extravaganza, which also features appearances by Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Julissa, Angela Christie, Ricardo Sanchez, and Deitrick Haddon. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $135. Call 602-252-1234.
Rain Club & Lounge
7109 East Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
As we mention in our intro, Nelly will be visiting this Scottsdale hotspot for it's All-Star hootenanny. 8 p.m., $50-$500. Call 480-429-7674.
2401 East Camelback Road
Akon's throwing ginormous pool party in honor of All-Star Weekend and Valentine's Day. Bring your bling as well as your swim fins. 8 p.m., $150. Call 602-468-0700.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15:
7340 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
Guest DJs will be working the wax during the All-Star Weekend Finale Experience, where you can also view the game in style. 5 p.m., $75-$150. Call 480-970-6969.
DJ's Gentlemen's Club
3845 East University Drive
If you're looking to scope out some skin, the XXX All-Star Weekend Strippers Ball might just be the place for you. The champagne is sure to be poppin' all night and several as-of-yet unnamed celebs and hip-hop artists are invited. 9 p.m. Call 602-414-4600 for more info and cover charge.
7340 East Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale
Old Town Scottsdale is guaranteed to be an absolute madhouse this weekend, and one of the grandest affairs will be the All-Star Sunday Grand Finale. The line-up of special guests includes LeBron James, Ludacris, Keri Hilson, DJ LS One, and DJ Mark Da Spot. 9 p.m., $100. Call 480-970-5000.
122 East Washington Street
Finish up the weekend in downtown Phoenix at the beyond-chic All-Star Finale bash. Biz Markie will be stopping by, as will Fabolous and a plethora of other gliteratti. 9 p.m., $35 and up. Call 602-258-1830.