NBA All-Star Entertainment Performers, Singers, Bands
International superstar and Grammy Award-winning pop diva Shakira will team up with 12-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actress Alicia Keys for a one-of-a-kind performance headlining the 2010 NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14.
The NBA All-Star Game will air live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT, Score Canada, ESPN Radio, and in more than 200 countries in more than 40 languages.
Shakira will perform her current single “Give It Up To Me” in addition to the title single “She Wolf” off of her current hit album She Wolf. Alicia Keys will keep the stage hot belting out her classic hit “No One” from the 2007 multi-platinum selling album As I Am. Keys will also perform the chart topping single “Empire State of Mind” as well as deliver a sweet serenade of her hit “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” off of her current chart-topping album The Element of Freedom.
Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Usher will perform his single “More” during the introductions of the 2010 NBA All-Stars. In addition, TNT filmed an exclusive music video with Usher for the single “More” which will run in 600 Regal Cinemas beginning Friday, Jan. 29 and serve as a promotional spot for the 2010 NBA All-Star. Usher will also treat the crowd to a special performance of the fan favorite single “Yeah!” from his 2004 multi-platinum selling album Confessions.
The 2010 NBA All-Star Game performances will take place before the largest crowd ever to attend a basketball game - at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
FEB 15-17, 2008
Three-time Grammy™ Award-winning multi-platinum singer and pianist Harry Connick Jr. will join Grammy Award-winning jazz and classical saxophonist Branford Marsalis to headline an extraordinary lineup of New Orleans-themed musical performances featuring some of the biggest names in the Bayou including Jonathan Batiste, Marc Broussard and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Davell Crawford, Jonathan Dubose, Dr. John, Stephanie Jordan, Ellis Marsalis, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Amanda Shaw, Trombone Shorty and Allen Toussaint at NBA All-Star 2008 in New Orleans.
On Sunday, Feb. 17, Connick and Marsalis will take to the court for the 57th NBA All-Star Game at the New Orleans Arena. The Louisiana-born musicians collaborated on the evening’s performance lineup creating a unique musical set that will not only give fans a taste of New Orleans jazz, funk and blues, but will also celebrate the rebirth of their beloved hometown in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The performances will air live on TNT, Score Canada, ESPN Radio, and in 215 countries and territories beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET.
Connick will serve as musical director for an unparalleled halftime show featuring four original compositions performed by four pairs of pianists who span the spectrum of New Orleans jazz including Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Davell Crawford, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Jonathan Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, and Harry Connick Jr. and his Big Band.
Marsalis will serve as musical director for the highly-anticipated All-Star Player introductions featuring a set of high energy big band melodies composed by Marsalis and performed by the acclaimed Rebirth Brass Band. The performance will also feature the dynamic musical stylings of award-winning trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and Offbeat Magazine’s 2007 Performer of the Year Trombone Shorty who will introduce the Western and Eastern Conference All-Star teams. Marsalis will also direct the U.S.
national anthem performance featuring vocals by Stephanie Jordan accompanied by internationally acclaimed guitarist Jonathan Dubose. Canadian R&B singer, songwriter, and actress Deborah Cox, whose 1998 hit single “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” held the record for the longest-running No.1 single on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart, will perform the Canadian anthem.
"New Orleans is a vibrant music Mecca and I'm proud to call this great city my home," said Harry Connick Jr. "Branford and I are truly grateful to the NBA for its commitment to put New Orleans and our extraordinary musicians on a global stage for the whole world to see."
On Saturday, Feb. 16, Louisiana-born singer songwriter Marc Broussard, who released his 2007 album S.O.S.: Save Our Soul to rave reviews, will perform during the player introductions along with his Dirty Dozen Brass Band prior to All-Star Saturday Night before nationwide audience, live on TNT at 8 p.m. ET. Following Broussard, 22-year-old New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott, whose 2007 album Anthem was inspired by Hurricane Katrina’s effect on the region, will perform the U.S. national anthem, while crooner Lamont Hiebert will perform the Canadian anthem.
That same night, legendary multi-instrumentalist Dr. John will pay tribute to NBA Cares, the league’s social responsibility initiative, with a special performance of the Louis Armstrong original hit "What a Wonderful World." Footage from some of the hundreds of NBA Cares events, featuring current and former NBA players working in communities around the world will be thread into the performance.
On Friday, Feb. 15, 17-year-old Cajun fiddler, singer, and actress Amanda Shaw, who narrated the 2006 documentary “Hurricane on the Bayou” about the erosion of Louisiana’s wetlands, will perform the U.S. and Canadian anthems prior to the T-Mobile Rookie & Youth Jam at the New Orleans Arena. Continuing the NBA’s tradition of having “American Idol” winners perform at All-Star, 2007 winner Jordin Sparks will perform her Billboard Top 100 single “Tattoo” during halftime of the game. Both performances will air before a live audience televised on TNT at 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET.
2007 NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT
Four-time Grammy™ Award-winning artist Christina Aguilera, winner of Sunday night's Grammy for best female pop vocal performance, six-time Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Toni Braxton, and six-time Grammy Award-winning artist Mary J. Blige, who took home three Grammys Sunday night, will headline the entertainment for NBA All-Star Weekend 2007 in Las Vegas.
Aguilera and Braxton will headline the halftime show of the 56th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET at the Thomas & Mack Center. The game will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in 215 countries and territories. Braxton, currently starring in her hit production show, “Toni Braxton: Revealed”, at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, will open Sunday’s halftime extravaganza by performing “Making Me High” from her Secrets album and “Take This Ring” from her Libra album. To culminate the show Aguilera will perform two songs from her 2006 Grammy-nominated, certified platinum album Back to Basics, “Ain’t No Other Man,” for which she won best female pop vocal performance at Sunday’s Grammys and “Candyman.” This will be Aguilera’s last live performance before kicking off her nationwide tour Feb. 20, 2007.
On Saturday, Feb. 17, multi-platinum recording artist Blige, who won three Grammys Sunday night including best R&B album for The Breakthrough, as well as best R&B song and best female R&B vocal performance for “Be Without You,” will pay tribute to NBA Cares, the league’s social responsibility initiative with a special performance of her rendition of the U2 original hit "One" during NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by EA SPORTS at the Thomas & Mack Center airing live on TNT at 8 p.m. ET. Footage from some of the hundreds of NBA Cares events, featuring current and former NBA players working in communities around the world will be thread into the performance.
In addition to the musical acts during Sunday's All-Star Game, Cirque du Soleil® artists will perform a dynamic display of acrobatic martial arts from the opening act of KÀ™, the gravity-defying production presented at MGM Grand.
Prior to the start of the All-Star Game, nine-time Las Vegas "Entertainer of the Year" Danny Gans, who is celebrating his 11th year as a Las Vegas headliner and seven years as a solo performer in his very own 1,265-seat theater at the world famous Mirage, will perform the National Anthem.
In a special performance, “Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton currently headlining at Harrah’s Las Vegas will lend his remarkable voice and energy to perform as only he can as part of the NBA All-Star player introductions. During this performance, the famed Folies Bergere Showgirls from the Tropicana Hotel and Casino will dazzle the crowd with their signature moves providing a Vegas-style show for the arena and live television audience to enjoy.