Beyond the talent on the court, NBA will deliver star-studded musical performances for Sunday’s 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
The Roots have composed an original NBA-themed musical called The Evolution of Greatness, which they will perform — along with Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs, DJ and producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, actor Michael B. Jordan, artist/producer Jidenna, and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Darryl “DMC” McDaniels — prior to the game. The Evolution of Greatness will follow the historical path of the league from the 1950s to present day.
Singing the U.S. and Canadian national anthems, the NBA has also enlisted Jon Batiste — music director and bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert — and jazz-pop singer Nikki Yanofsky to start the game.
DNCE will kick off the fun-filled weekend with a “Cake by the Ocean” and “Body Moves” medley for All-Star Saturday Night followed by a performance from DJ Khaled before the three-point shootout contest.
Coverage of All-Star Saturday Night (Feb. 18) starts at 8 p.m. EST on TNT while the NBA All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 19 on TNT.