This Weekend: Shannon & Monica Brown Are Making A Difference Through The Wood-Star Music Festival

By Team BLAM

NBA Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown is serious about giving back. That is why he launched the Wood-Star Music Festival last year, a music festival showcasing R&B and old school hip-hop artists. The proceeds benefit the Shannon Brown Foundation. Shannon started the foundation in an effort to provide scholarships and financial assistance to inner-city youth.


This weekend, activities included a free basketball clinic yesterday for children in seventh through 11 grades and culminates in a celebrity basketball game today featuring local and national celebrities.


We love how Shannon & Monica are using their time, talents, & moolah to give back to the community. It truly makes a difference for young people (and older folks too) to see this beautiful couple doing big things together. Their image alone is empowering.

Shannon’s wife of two years, Monica, headlined the concert yesterday.  Other performers included Robin Thicke, Estelle, Dawn Richard and Fantasia.

Monica is currently promoting her new album, “New Life,” which features a duet with singer Brandy on the single, “It All Belongs to Me.” Fourteen years ago, the two recorded the hit song, “The Boy is Mine.” Now, the mother of two is touting her new single, “Without You,” which she said is about  her hubby Shannon. How cute!

If you’re in the Chicago area, head on out to support the Brown’s at the Wood-Star Music Festival today. Here are the details:



◆ Doors opened at 2 p.m. Saturday featuring Robin Thicke, Monica, Dawn Richard, Estelle and Fantasia; Doors open at 2 p.m Sunday featuring Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte, Rakim, Slick Rick and Naughty By Nature.


◆ Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph Chicago Illinois


◆ Tickets, general admission $55 each day.


◆ Visit


Shannon Brown’s celebrity

basketball game


◆ UIC Flames Athletic Center, 839 W. Roosevelt


◆ Tickets, $10 and $20