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Shannon Brown's Wood-Star Music Festival debuts in Union Park

Two days of R&B and hip-hop with Robin Thicke, Doug E. Fresh, Monica, Slick Rick, MC Lyte, Rakim, and more



Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown was born and went to high school in Maywood, Illinois, and he's giving back to his hometown by throwing a music festival. Shannon Brown's Wood-Star Music Festival debuts Sat 8/18 and Sun 8/19 in Union Park with a small but impressive lineup of hip-hop, R&B, and soul from the past and present. The first day, called Soul in the City, features hit-making R&B acts from over the years: headliner Robin Thicke, Monica, Estelle, Dawn Richard, and American Idol winner Fantasia. The bill on Sun 8/19, called Kangols & Eight Ball Jackets, pays homage to classic hip-hop block parties; rapper and human beatbox Doug E. Fresh headlines, after sets by Slick Rick, Rakim, MC Lyte, and Naughty by Nature. Gates open at 2 PM both days, and music starts at 4 PM. Ticket proceeds benefit the Shannon Brown Foundation, a nonprofit that supports youth programs aimed at violence prevention, education, recreation, and positive social development. At noon on Sun 8/19, Brown and Ed "C'mon Son" Lover host a charity celebrity basketball game at the UIC Flames Athletic Center (839 W. Roosevelt). Admission is $20, $10 for kids 12 and under, and featured players include Rico Love, Jeremih, and former Jive Records exec Mickey "Memphitz" Wright; hip-hop duo TK-N-Cash will give a halftime performance. For more info, see Fairs & Festivals listings by day, call 312-361-0232, or visit

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