Now that it’s summer time and the weather is fine, non-Olympic non-Summer League NBA players have a lot of free time on their hands. Even if they spend eight hours a day getting their skills up, there’s still another two-thirds of the day to waste. Maybe they’ll just watch TV or pose with assault rifles or do cannonballs in a pool. I don’t know, there are lots of options.

One of those options, apparently, is hosting a music festival near your hometown. That’s what Shannon Brown, who recently inked a 2-year, $7 million deal with the Suns and who I also recently saw walking around Midway Airport in Chicago while carrying a very ugly/expensive backpack, is doing with one of his August weekends. And since I know you all want to go, you might as well be aware of this fabulous Groupon that knocks 50 percent off the price of a two-day pass.

Two-day pass to Shannon Brown-founded outdoor festival featuring Monica, Robin Thicke, Slick Rick, and Naughty by Nature

Just from those four names, this is right up Tas Melas’ alley. He loves him some Thicke and gets angry if you call him a poor man’s Justin Timberlake. Then you dig a little deeper to find that Rakim, Fantasia and MC Lyte will be performing as well and you can tell that the Urban Fork network could easily serve as the title sponsor for this festival, if it wasn’t already backed by a multimillionaire.

Cool way to spend your summer, I guess, picking out musical acts for your own festival.┬áIt sure beats mowing lawns. Plus, whenever you can rope your wife in to performing while also (assuming here) using her contacts in the music business to fill our your festival, you pretty much have to do it, because there’s no way that could ever end badly.

And hey, now that it’s on Groupon, so many more people are going to know about this thing. I’m not sure if 2012 performances by Naughty by Nature and Slick Rick are going to bring the fans out in droves, but at least they’ll know.

Comments (3)

  1. Of all the names you listed, there’s only one I’d like to see over and over and over again: The Urban Fork Network.

  2. I’m pretty sure the lineup of “Monica, Robin Thicke, Slick Rick and Naughty by Nature” was also trotted out for Chris Andersen’s Webcam Festival.

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