There is much to be said about the pre-Super Bowl events that have taken over much of Downtown and the Greater Twin Cities. What we can all (hopefully) agree on, is that the Super Bowl has brought a whole lot of great music performances to the city for us to enjoy.
The Super Bowl events kicked off the weekend of January 26th, bringing out-of-towners and locals alike together, at outdoor stages located throughout Downtown Minneapolis and venues across the Twin Cities, like Mystic Lake Center and The Armory.
It’s a chance of a lifetime (perhaps); here is a list of some of the performers taking stage pre-Super Bowl.
February 1st – Imagine Dragons With Machine Gun Kelly, Mura Masa
Tonight, you can catch The Chainsmokers, an American DJ/production duo at Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake. Or, join the ever-growing fan base for Imagine Dragons ($175/ticket) with Machine Gun Kelly and Mura Masa at The Armory, a venue that was just re-vamped and has gotten a lot of attention. See this article from Star Tribune.
February 2nd – P!nk, Kygo and a Prince Celebration
Catch Future and Cardi B (known for single: “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”) at the Live stage, T-Pain at the International Market Square and Fabolous at Aqua on Friday, February 2nd. P!nk is expected to put on a great show at The Armory, and newer artist to the scene Kygo (electronic) will perform at Mystic Lake Center. Jazz fans, don’t miss the New Power Generation at the Dakota Jazz Club, celebrating Prince.
February 3rd – Dave Matthews Band, J Lo, Florida Georgia Line
The well followed groups, Dave Matthews Band (Xcel Energy Center) and O.A.R. (St. Paul RiverCentre) will both perform on Saturday, February 3rd, but the big performers of the night will be Jennifer Lopez (The Armory) and Florida Georgia Line (Mystic Lake Center). See X Ambassadors headline a great group of acts (among them: The Suburbs, The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum) at the free Verizon Up Stage.
February 4th – Gwen Stefani, Jimmy Fallon
Performers from nights leading up to the Super Bowl (DJ Kahled, Cardi B, Busta Rhymes) will perform again on the day of the big game, but the big act of the night will be Gwen Stefani, who will take the stage at Mystic Lake Center at 11 p.m.
Jimmy Fallon will host his The Tonight Show post-Super Bowl at Minneapolis’ iconic Orpheum Theatre and will welcome halftime performer Justin Timberlake, Dwayne Johnson and the cast of This is Us as guests. Here’s how that all went down.
But don’t let the Super Bowl exhaust your music-going energy. The month of February offers plenty of other worthy music events to take part in.
February 8th – ZZ Ward at First Avenue, Presented by Cities 97
ZZ Ward’s “Cannonball” launched her to a new level with old fans and new fans alike. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter has killer vocals and a cool sound that transcends genres.
POLICA and s t a r g a z e have gained a significant following in recent years and have performed at many local festivals, including Rock the Garden and Eaux Claires. Led by female vocalist Channy Leaneagh, they have a powerful sound.
And don’t forget to network!
February 26th – Minnesota Music Coalition Artist Mixer at Honey, Minneapolis
The Minnesota Music Coalition (MMC) is a great Minnesota non-profit network of artists, industry professionals and music supporters. They put on great networking events, throughout the year. If you can’t make the February Mixer, I encourage you to check out another event they put on/
Plus, did you know…
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra puts on free, family-oriented concerts every Saturday morning! Check it out.
What do you plan to check out this month? Tweet me your thoughts at @jennamariepr.
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Jenna Marie is an independent music marketing and promotions consultant for new and up-and-coming musicians in Minnesota with over 6 years of marketing experience and music industry insight. Need tips on building your brand or help with promoting your music? Contact Jenna Marie at email@example.com.