MUSIC NEWS BY LEANNE ACIZ
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f you couldn’t care less about the featured football game and are more interested with the live musical entertainment lined up for the Super Bowl, then you’ve come to the right place. Bud Light (the Official Beer Sponsor of the NFL) announced that they were hosting a musical event called Bud Light Hotel New York that is to take place on a cruise ship on the Hudson River next to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. The impressive developments are boast-worthy, with the Bud Light Hotel Amphitheater being a heated venue that will host concerts and the Bud Light Hotel Lounge being a 2 level venue that will most likely be where the late-night after parties are held. This year, Bud Light has done a beautiful job in selecting a wide variety of musical acts that will appeal to the masses. The schedule is as follows: on Thursday, January 30th, EA Sports and Bud Light will host “The Roots Present Hip Hop NYC” which will feature popular acts such as The Roots, Busta Rhymes, and Run DMC. On Friday, January 31st, Bud Light hosts Imagine Dragons at the “Pandora Presents” Party. Saturday, February 1st, the Foo Fighters and the Zac Brown Band headline the Bud Light Main Event. Last but not least, Fall Out Boy and Jake Owen will close the festivities with a pre-game concert on Super Bowl Sunday. With all different genres of music being performed, from country (Jake Owen) to hip hop (The Roots) to rock (The Foo Fighters), it is sure to be a good time. If you are looking more for a relaxed and spiritual party experience, on Friday, January 31st, Patti Labelle is headlining the 15th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Obviously, these ‘behind the scenes concerts’ are no competition for the main musical event: the highly publicized halftime show. Sure, the notoriously expensive (and competitive) commercials are entertaining - but there is nothing more flashy than the halftime act. The Super Bowl halftime show that once hosted a Destiny’s Child reunion, Madonna, and The Who is always a
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sight to be seen - so you would think that somebody spectacular is preparing to blow the viewers away this year in New Jersey. You’re probably right..even if that that somebody is Bruno Mars. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a couple of his songs, but I’m not sure that the man behind “Grenade” deserves to be up on a platform that once welcomed Prince and The Rolling Stones. I personally believe, as well as many others, that Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi (two Jersey natives) should have been the frontrunners for the halftime show. Bruno Mars is obviously very talented, but has he earned the right to perform at such a career defining event? I hope he has some tricks up his sleeve in order to compete with Beyonce’s phenomenal performance from last year. One thing is for sure, he better take his role at the Super Bowl as seriously as his predecessors did. If not, the NFL will have to accept that the only people who deserve that kind of exposure are revolutionary legends that have withstood the test of time, proving that they do, in fact, belong on such a prestigious platform. The pressure is seriously on, Bruno Mars!