Monday, August 1, 2011
The third day of music and the grand finale featured big names like Ace Hood, Wale and Nelly.
The final day of Michael Finley and Shannon Brown's hip-hop festival was highly populated and full of top-name talent, including the likes of G-Unit's Olivia, LEP, Ace Hood, Wale and Nelly. Related: More Woodstars photo galleries
Sunday, July 31, 2011
The second day of Michael Finley and Shannon Brown's hip-hop music festival touted such acts as Tweet, John B, Carl Thomas and Faith Evans.
Proviso East High School played amicable host to the first annual Woodstars Festival. With temperatures soaring into the mid-90s, the action grew hotter and the crowds grew larger, thanks in part to a top-notch bill that included soulful acts such as Silk and Faith Evans.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
The midsummer hip-hop festival kicked off its first evening with an "old school" flavor.
NBA stars and former Proviso East High School standouts' Michael Finley and Shannon Brown brought their three-day hip-hop festival to Maywood July 29. Here's day one in photos. Related: Woodstars Festival Coverage
Friday, July 29, 2011
Festival spokesperson promises full array of top performers at weekend event.
Earlier this month, organizers of the Woodstars Festival approached Hillside village officials with an idea for a festival that included an all-star lineup of Salt-n-Pepa, Boyz II Men and Lil' Wayne — none of which appear on the current bill. Now, speculation continues to mount about which top-tier acts will actually show up this weekend in Maywood. Asked about the speculation on acts showing up or not, spokesperson Randy Bonds said all scheduled performers will be there. “As far as the events, all the acts are performing,” he said. “If anyone wants to question that, they can come out and see for themselves.” Related: Cops, Communities Prepare for Woodstars Festival Still, many websites for the headlining acts, including Twista, Nelly, …
Politicians, police blast hasty planning of hip-hop fest and carnival.
In preparations for a hastily planned hip-hop festival, authorities will descend upon Maywood in droves, arriving by police cruiser, ATV and horseback. An estimated 20,000 people are expected pass through the four-day Woodstars Summer Carnival and Music Festival, which began Thursday and will run through Sunday at Proviso East High School, located at First Avenue between Washington and Madison streets. Law enforcement officials across the Chicagoland area say they’ve been blindsided by short preparation time for the festival, which promises some of the biggest names in hip-hop such Nelly, Faith Evans and Naughty By Nature. Earlier: Despite Speculation, All Acts Will Perform, Organizers Say In River Forest, police say they’re mostly …