Major League Baseball announced the official All-Star Week musical performance roster on Wednesday, and it reads like the back of a Now That's What I Call Music compilation mix.
But thank god, we love Jordin Sparks and Michelle Branch. It would've totally sucked if MLB had a relevant indie surf pop ensemble rocking the Midsummer Classic. It's not like any baseball fans are into that noise anyhow.
Check out of some of the gnarly acts playing All-Star Week after the jump, yo.
YES! Country music's seventh or eighth biggest star is pulling double duty at this year's All-Star Game. First he's suiting up to play in the Legends and Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, and on Monday, Aldean's playing a special on-field performance before homerun derby. Now that's "My Kinda Party."
That's a not a typo, former Yankee Bernie Williams is actually a musician. In fact, he's not bad. The classically trained guitarist was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2009, and on Sunday, he'll play National Anthem before the Legends and Celebrity Game.
The local trumpeter is a brass badass, and he'll be trumpeting the shit out of the Star Spangled Banner like he did in 2001 at Game 2 of the NLCS.
The American Idol-bred pop star and Valley native will sing the National Anthem before Tueday's All-Star Game. She's used to big stages; she sang the song in 2008 before the Super Bowl.
She was all I wanted, and now she's here...Phoenix...at the All-Star Game. Unfortunately, she won't be playing the 2006 hit referenced above. She'll be ruining the seventh inning stretch by singing "God Bless America." I wish she would play "Take Me Out to the Ballgame!"
Arguably the weirdest motherfucker in music right now, he'll be performing at the MLB Gala at the Phoenix Convention Center. Cee-Lo, at one point, was a boss with Goodie Mob, and the fatter half of Gnarls Barkley. But then he sold out, let Gwyneth Paltrow cover his music on Glee, and signed up to judge a singing competition on NBC. Guess the change in his pocket wasn't enough.
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If you want to skip the radio edit fluff of MLB All-Star Week, Justin Upton is hosting a Sunday night bash at American Junkie in Scottsdale, and Biz Markie's DJing. Yeah, THAT Biz Markie. Together, they've got what you need.
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