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Rap, R&B roster announced for NBA WoodStars festival

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Two NBA stars -- Shannon Brown and Michael Finley -- have joined forces to present a four-day carnival and music festival this weekend to benefit their old Proviso high school district west of Chicago.

The WoodStars Festival is scheduled to take place 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Sunday on the football fields at Proviso East High School, 807 807 S. First Ave. in Maywood.

That's the latest information, anyway. Be advised the location for this event has changed a few times since its hasty announcement a few weeks ago, and there's a detailed account of production and security concerns about the event here.

If it comes off, it's a big show. After Thursday's carnival with games and rides, a huge roster of R&B, hip-hop and gospel talent has been announced for the event, including Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Naughty by Nature and SWV on Friday; Twista, Faith Evans, Chico Debarge and more on Saturday; and Ace Hood, James Fortune and Nelly on Sunday.

Tickets for single shows are $65-$25, daily passes are $155-$144 and weekend passes are $237. For tickets and information, call (877) 394-4705 or visit

Proceeds will benefit the charitable foundations of both Brown and Finley, as well as raising money for repairs and renovations at Proviso West, Proviso East and Proviso Math & Science Academy.

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