Bruno Mars's February 3 show at the pop-up venue Club Nomadic is one of the highest-profile peripheral concerts around Super Bowl LI, but far from the only one.Photo by Kai Z. Feng/Courtesy of Atlantic Records
The teams are set, the commercial time has been sold and Houston’s hospitality industry is about to experience the longest — and with any luck most lucrative — two weeks of its life. This Super Bowl mania about to descend on our city also includes the dozens of events only peripherally related to the NFL and the big game itself; these pop-up concerts, parties, meet-and-greets, food tastings and the like exist solely to capitalize on the legions of visitors soon to arrive in town, often as not with expense-account money to burn, who will be desperately in need of something to do. Many of them will be music fans.
The Houston Super Bowl Host Committee filled in a huge piece of that puzzle last week by announcing the complete lineup of the Super Bowl LIVE free concert series at Discovery Green. For everything else, we combed through our usual informational channels, plus supersundayhq.com, Culturemap and the Houston Press’s own forthcoming Super Bowl Guide to assemble this simple roadmap to the abundance of extra music going on from this coming weekend through after the game is over. A few of these events will be near-impossible to get into (or at least very expensive), still others completely free, so we’ll leave it to you to determine which ones are more your speed; if necessary, available tickets should be accessible through the appropriate link. Enjoy!
WONDER BOWL 8th Wonder Brewery, January 29-February 2
January 29 — BBQ Showcase (12 p.m.): Heapin' Helpin' January 30 — DonKee Boy & Friends Art Show (6 p.m.): DJ Gonz February 1 — Game City Showcase (6 p.m.): Camera Cult, The Wheel Workers, Glass the Sky, Jealous Creatures February 2 — Welcome to Brewston (2 p.m.): Paul Wall, etc.
January 30 (6 p.m.): Night Drive, Deep Cuts, Mind Shrine January 31 (6 p.m.): Handsomebeast, Birthday Club, Ndaclouds, Alex Riddle February 1 (6 p.m.): Kermit Ruffins, Decory, Regal People, Sherita Perez February 2 (6 p.m.): Young Mammals, JERK, Stacks w/DJ Squincy Jones February 3 (6 p.m.): GIO Chamba, Gracie Chavez, Princpe Q February 4 (2 p.m.): Telephantom, Rex Hudson, Mantra Love, Another Run February 5 (2 p.m.): DJ Big Reeks, Waxaholics, Young Girls, Pop Pistol
MID-MAIN SUPER FEST 3500-3700 Main, February 2-5 (Winbern Street Art Market, 12 p.m. February 4)
February 2 (5 p.m.): Stooges Brass Band, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, DJ Tempty February 3 (5 p.m.): The Tontons, Ishi, The Gramaphones February 4 (3 p.m.): The Polyphonic Spree, -Us, A Fistful of Soul, The Phantom Royals February 5 10:30 a.m.): The Light Rock Express
THE PLAYERS PARTY 2017 Sam Houston Race Park, February 2-5 Tickets: $24/30 (individual days); $59/79 (4-day “Super Party Pass”); $15/20 (Sunday only)
February 2: Montgomery Gentry, Jaime-Lynn Spears, Bag of Donuts, Klockwork February 3: The Beach Boys, Bayou Roux, The Guzzlers February 4: Hunter Hayes, Tracy Byrd, Danielle Bradbery, Masters of Funk (members of Bar-Kays, Dazz Band, Con Funk Shun & Lakeside), Eddie Money February 5: KC & the Sunshine Band
STILL TIPPIN HTX OG Ron C & the Chopstars, Mike Jones, Lil' Flip, etc. Rockefeller's, February 2 Tickets: $40-250
WELCOME TO HOUSTON Hosted by Willie D King's Court (903 Hutchins), February 2 (11 a.m.) Tickets: $35-$3,500
“BIG GAME WEEKEND” Cle Houston, February 2-5
CLUB NOMADIC 2121 Edwards, February 2-4
February 2 — EA Sports Bowl: Sam Hunt, Chainsmokers ($100/$275) February 3: Bruno Mars ($175, GA only) February 4: Taylor Swift*
* Tickets have been distributed exclusively via AT&T and DirecTV promotions, but are available through StubHub starting about $1,500.
BIG TEXAS PARTY “Major musical entertainment” Silver Street Studios, February 2 Tickets: $125-1,250
WONKY POWER AT MARKET SQUARE PARK Market Square Park, February 3-4 (11 a.m.)
February 3: Dollie Barnes, Young Girls, Mind Shrine, DJ Charlee Brown February 4: Birthday Club, Camera Cult, Vodi, El Lago, Handsomebeast, DJ Dayta
WAXED & CHOPPED BLOCK PARTY Waxaholics DJs, DJ Big Reeks, DJ Demo, DJ Losty Los, OJ Ron C, DJ Candlestick, N.O. Joe, The Groove Ensemble, Big Mike, Devin Tha Dude Alley Kat Bar & Lounge, February 3 (5 p.m.) Tickets: $20-30
SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams, LeCrae, Natalie Grant, Dave & Tamala Mann (hosts), etc. Lakewood Church, February 3 Tickets: $12-75
THE SUPERBASH Snoop Dogg & Snoopadelic, Flo Rida (unconfirmed), more TBD
Music World Entertainment/House of Dereon (2202 Crawford), February 3-5 Tickets: $150-35,000
PLANET NEW ERA 2 Chainz, Migos, DJ Ace, Bun B (host) VrSi, February 3
ESPN THE PARTY Fergie, DJ Khaled Unnamed downtown warehouse, but a big one (65,000 sq. ft.), February 3
Invite-only, but other sponsors include Alfa Romeo, Dunkin’ Donuts and MillerCoors; may be time to hit up any and all connections you may have at those companies.
SUPER BOWL JAM FEST Karina Nistal Band, Photon Mechanics, Sons of Conquering Lion, Jenny Franck, DJ Swift, DJ Hiroking, Dion Seasar, Freddy B, DJ N9NE and T-Bone, Colorblog Satellite Bar, February 4 (2 p.m.) Tickets: $8/10 (RSVP required)
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