The great R & B singers combine powerful lungs with a commanding presence, following in the footsteps of the mountain giants who create all wind. Be awed by today's GrouponLive deal to Shannon Brown's Wood-Star Music Festival featuring Monica and Robin Thicke at Union Park. For $54, you get a two-day pass for general-admission lawn access on Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19, at 4 p.m. (up to a $108.75 value, including all fees). Music starts at 4 p.m. each day, and gates open at 2 p.m. Hotel Allegro is offering a 15% discount from published rates for concert attendees.
Illinois native and NBA star Shannon Brown founded the Wood-Star Music Festival to transport top names in R & B and soul to the sprawling grounds of Union Park. Commanding the stage Saturday is Monica, known for her smooth vocals that undulate from alto to soprano and set the charts on fire during “The Boy Is Mine,” her inescapable 1998 duet with Brandy. Also rousing audiences with alluring slow jams and smoldering gazes, Canadian-American soul singer Robin Thicke brings his signature falsetto to hits such as "All Tied Up" and "Sex Therapy." American Idol season-three champion Fantasia, British import Estelle, and former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard each deliver dynamic sets as the sun grooves down below the horizon.
Sunday ushers in classic hip-hop headed by beat-boxer extraordinaire Doug E. Fresh and collaborating MC Slick Rick. Joining the party are MC Lyte, the seminal female rapper who rose to fame in the 1980s, and Grammy Award-winning Naughty by Nature, the influential trio known for hits such as "O.P.P." and "Everything's Gonna Be Alright." Proceeds from the weekend of exuberant sound will benefit the Shannon Brown Foundation's youth-focused programming.