Drake loves Houston.
We're talking LOVES Houston. Written audio letters to Houston. Sweetened love notes with a kiss to the Galleria and the strip clubs love Houston. Able to make the Astros more relevant than any contract Jon Singleton or George Springer could sign loves Houston.
All right, well maybe not that deep, but you get the point. Drake would shed a tear if Frenchy's ran out of chicken, that's how deep his love runs for the city -- and its people.
Him giving a toast to the city with its own Houston Appreciation Weekend has been in the works for months, but Thursday the grand roll out hit the Web, including a pool party, a hookah lounge, a pop-up shop at noted sneaker boutique Premium Goods, a celebrity basketball game and, of course, parties and a concert at Warehouse Live next Friday night.
There's a bit of a catch with actually grabbing tickets for the concert portion, though. First, no hard copies are available to buy via Warehouse Live. Instead, you're going to have to work through community-service outlet RockCorps in order to get your way in. It works in the long run, considering that Drake is giving back to the city and hopes his staunchest supporters will do the same.
The concert, of course, will be the hardest thing to get into. Tickets for everything else, especially the basketball game, can be purchased once they become available.
HIGH PROBABILITY OF GETTING IN
OVO Pop-Up Shop at Premium Goods (June 12):
It may be possible to actually get a lint roller at the OVO Pop-Up Shop once Drake and his merchandise team roll into Houston beginning next Thursday. You can't shut down an entire store for hours when you've created a pop up shop and considering that it's a pop up shop - your regular 9-5 Drake fan might be not able to get to this.
Houston Astros Appreciation Night at Minute Maid Park (June 13):
Has an Astros game sold out this year? Drake may do something not even the Civil Rights Game could accomplish -- put more than 16,000 people in the seats of Minute Maid Park. By the way, the Juice Box hasn't been exactly packed since Paul McCartney and crew tore things down a couple years ago.
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Any of the parties:
Fact of the matter is, Houston is a party city. The club scene, when a certain celebrity is in town, turns into an oasis of women in tight dresses and people wanting to be seen. Remember, Houston just hosted All-Star Weekend a little less than 16 months ago and it shut the Galleria down. Think just another version of that WHENEVER Drake and his motley cru of friends appear.
HAW Celebrity Basketball Game (June 15):
This is going to sell out somehow, some way. I'm curious about one particular thing dealing with the basketball. If Drake plays, he's going to wear an OVO jersey. That's perfectly fine.
However, would he also wear patches for Johnny Manziel, LeBron James, Kentucky Basketball and the Toronto Raptors? And if he plays, can he PLEASE take the final shot with the game on the line with "Trophies" blaring in the background? Sports and music needs a Drake-sports moment when he's not playing half-coach for the Raptors.
HAW Concert at Warehouse Live (June 13):
As previously explained, you're not going to be MC Struggle Plate thinking you can slide behind the Warehouse Live doors just because you scribbled OVO on your chest. Give back to the community, earn your way in.
Think Like a Man Too Screening (June 14):
Also, you're probably going to have to fight your way around Kevin Hart jokes and slander to see the movie before it officially hits in theaters next Friday.
Now, let us all pray for a memorable and safe weekend, where we all get free cashmere sweaters and lint rollers for our patronage.
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