HOUSTON—The nightlife along Houston’s Richmond strip got an extra boost this weekend as celebrities and ‘celeb watchers’ partied it up for All Star 2013. Partygoers packed “The Compound Houston” in hopes of catching a glimpse of stars like P Diddy, Nelly and Chris Brown. And guess what, they did!
AG Entertainment and D B Entertainment teamed up with LOC Marketing and Lisa “Queen of the Clubs” Rogers to bring the venue to town. For an admission fee, beginning at $75 pre-sale, attendees could mix and mingle or party it up VIP- style for a bit more.
It took a little more than a week to construct the 21,500 square foot tent in the 5800 block of Richmond Avenue and, once it was finished, it was “draped out” with black and red carpet, multiple levels and leather seating. When the doors opened, it was a “Who’s Who” of hip hop, sports and entertainment.
Southern superstar rapper Jeezy hosted opening night, and rapper and “Apple Bottoms” founder Nelly hosted Saturday’s event. For the grand finale, singer Chris Brown and rapper/actor/mogul “ Diddy” were in the house to greet excited fans. Other celebs in attendance were Nas, Common, Kevin Durant, James Hardin, Akon, Andre Johnson, Christina Milian, Trina, Terrence J and Chrissy Lampkin from VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop,” just to name a few.
Rogers gave KHOU.com an exclusive sneak peek of the massive party zone as it was being built and welcomed us out on finale night. She expressed the importance of keeping the extra revenue right here at home.
“We tried to use all local promoters, businesses and street teams to keep the money in Houston,” she said. “Basically, we just tried to keep everyone employed.”
Rogers wanted to thank the hometown team who helped distribute flyers, sent email blasts and hit the streets spreading the word.
The three-day party had a few setbacks along the way, with traffic congestion and parking problems, but overall it was a success as thousands packed the house each night.
Surrounding businesses made extra money providing parking and nearby residents, some seen sitting in lawn chairs in their front yards, charged as much as $100 for allowing drivers to park on their properties.