Yes, it's true: Dirk Nowitzki celebrated turning 33 years old yesterday by hitting the town on Saturday night -- stopping off, even, at Rio Room to catch DJ sets from Questlove and Erykah Badu.
There, as the clock struck midnight, the Mavericks fans in attendance serenaded the NBA Finals MVP by singing "Happy Birthday." The NBA champion even posed for a few pictures with his fans -- a set that included electronic music producer Diplo, who was in town on Saturday to perform at the Electric Daisy Carnival and who stopped off at Rio Room after the festival came to an early close.
There were plenty of other bold-faced names in attendance on this night -- including Dallas-based production duo Play-N-Skillz, who, just a few days removed from filing a lawsuit against Lil Wayne and others, were out on the town on this night, celebrating a new deal they've signed with Jose Cuervo to promote the company's Jose Cuervo Platino brand.
Sipping straight from the bottle, Juan "Play" Salinas proudly boasted about the tequila's taste-test scores and his deal with the company -- one not unlike the one Diddy had signed with Ciroc, he said.
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