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July 12, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to perform in festivities leading into MLS All-Star Game

2013-ATT-MLS-All-Star-Game-610x610Turns out Seattle is guaranteed some representation in the MLS All-Star Game after all.

MLS announced Friday morning that local chart-toppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline a five-day fan festival in Kansas City that leads into the July 31 All-Star Game at Sporting Park. The concert will be in the Power & Light District on July 29 at 7 p.m. PT.

The performance will be streamed live here on MLSsoccer.com. The concert is free, but fans will need a ticket to enter, and information on how to acquire tickets in available in the previous link, as well.

I’m sure many of you know who Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are, but if not, here’s a little background from the league release:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, a duo from Seattle, Washington, have emerged as a premier international hip-hop group known for their electrifying live shows, expertly crafted music, and innovative music videos and media. After years of building momentum with impassioned support from their devoted fan base, 2012 was a banner year for the group, kicked off by Macklemore’s feature in XXL’s Freshman Class. Most recently, they have broken new ground by independently releasing their debut full-length album, The Heist, which shot into the #1 spot on iTunes and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts without the support of a traditional record label. Their single Thrift Shop spent 6 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (5x Platinum), with help from a wildly popular music video (200 million+ views on YouTube) on heavy rotation on BET and MTV. The most recent music video release for their new #1 hit single “Can’t Hold Us”, has garnered critical acclaim and millions of views, and sees the duo taking their art to new heights.

The Sounders, of course, were shut out of the first 11 All-Stars selected, though a total of 34 players receive the honor, and the majority of those are still to be revealed in the coming weeks.

I’ve posted a schedule of the pre-All-Star Game festivities after the jump:

2013 AT&T MLS All-Star at Power & Light District Schedule (all times CDT):

Saturday, July 27     

10 a.m.-10 p.m.          AT&T MLS All-Star at Power & Light District
10 a.m.-3 p.m.            LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Interactive LEGO fun for kids of all ages. Come watch the Master Model Builder, Jeremiah Boehr, create the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star logo out of LEGO bricks. Also, visit with Sharky from the SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium.

4-5 p.m.                       NSCAA Coaches Chalk Talk
6-8 p.m.                       Sporting KC v Montreal Impact Viewing Party

Sunday, July 28        

8 a.m.-10 p.m.            AT&T MLS All-Star at Power & Light District
8 a.m.                          Volkswagen 5k Jersey Run at the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game
10 a.m.-3 p.m.            LEGOLAND Discovery Center
12-1 p.m.                     NSCAA Coaches Chalk Talk
1:30-3 p.m.                  Castrol – Lead Up to World Cup Freestyle Event
3-5 p.m.                       2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final – Viewing Party
8-10 p.m.                     USYS National Championships Viewing Party

Monday, July 29

12-11p.m.                    AT&T MLS All-Star at Power & Light District
9 p.m.                          AT&T MLS All-Star at Power & Light District featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, brought to you by AT&T and BlackBerry

Tuesday, July 30

12 p.m.-12 a.m.          AT&T MLS All-Star at Power & Light District
6:30-7 p.m.                  AC78 – Fashion with Sporting Kansas City defender Aurelien Collin
7-8 p.m.                       EA Sports Pro Player Tournament
8-10:30 p.m.                Silversun Pickups Concert (Follow @Sporting KC to join the search for a silver ticket)

Wednesday, July 31

6-10 p.m.                     2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Viewing Party

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