Mavs’ rookie Dennis Smith Jr. heads to the Slam Dunk contest and DJ Poizon Ivy and the Mavs ManiAACs are performing in Los Angeles at NBA All-Star weekend. The last time the Mavs ManiAACs were in Hollywood, it was 2010, at the invitation of “America’s Got Talent.” Now they’re back in Los Angeles for their fourth All-Star appearance, along with rookie Dennis Smith Jr. and DJ Poizon Ivy, the Mavericks’ in-arena DJ, who makes her All-Star debut on Sunday night.
The ManiAACs kick-off their All-Star schedule with a performance at the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game on Friday at the STAPLES Center and will also make appearances at the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Game, the NBA All-Star Practice and the 67th NBA All-Star Game presented on TNT.
To celebrate the ManiAACs 15th season with the Dallas Mavericks, Mavs Productions has released “BIG TIME,” a mini-documentary that was released today on mavs.com. The 15-minute special highlights their best performances, and gives a glimpse at their first appearance on April 21, 2002, when the big guys hit the court to a rendition of “It’s Raining Men.” What was supposed to be a one-time event has become a way of life for 16 men.
They began as Mavs owner Mark Cuban’s idea and the group of 16 “beefy” guys quickly became fan favorites. They perform at schools, parties, corporate events, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, golf tournaments and they’ve been invited to four NBA All-Star Games, competed in the 2010 Season of “America’s Got Talent” and opened for Ludacris and The Blues Brothers.
DJ Poizon Ivy starts her weekend on Thursday evening in Los Angeles at the 2018 Global Spin Awards, the premier DJ awards and ceremony that was created to honor the world’s most dynamic and talented DJs for their contribution to the culture of music and entertainment. The Mavs’ DJ Poizon Ivy has been nominated for “Female DJ of the Year,” and on Sunday night, she’ll be the first female to DJ the All-Star Game. DJ Poizon Ivy was hired to be in the in-arena DJ in October 2016 and is the first female DJ for the Mavericks, and just the second female DJ in the NBA. She first worked for the Mavericks as a BallKid in the early 2000s before heading to Marquette University where she worked at the local radio station. Since then, she’s shared the stage with the likes of Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco and others, and performs in front of 20,000 fans at the Mavs’ 41 homes games every season.
Stay tuned to COSIGNMag.com and Mavs.com for continuing coverage.
PERFORMANCE AND BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
Thursday, February 15
DJ Poizon Ivy: Global Spin Awards-
Red Carpet: 5:00 p.m. PST
Show: 7:00 p.m. PST
Televised: REVOLT TV, February 22 9:00 p.m. ET
Friday, February 16
Dennis Smith Jr. and the Mavs ManiAACs:
Mtn Dew Rising Stars Game
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST
Saturday, February 17
NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Game
L.A. Convention Center
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PST
NBA All-Star Practice
L.A. Convention Center
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST
Televised: NBA TV
Dennis Smith Jr.:
Slam Dunk Contest
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PST
DJ Poizon Ivy and The Mavs ManiAACs:
67TH NBA All-Star Game
Sunday, February 18TH- STAPLES Center
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST