Super Bowl week concert schedule a star-studded lineup
Justin Timberlake will play the hottest concert of the upcoming Super Bowl week on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium, with pre- and post-show entertainment provided by two dueling football teams.
Tickets for the big game are priced in the thousands from scalpers, while the NFL's official VIP packages start at $6,599 per seat, meaning the vast majority of local Timberlake fans will be watching him on television, rather than in person.
But there are plenty of other musical options during the week, with prices ranging from "wait, that's got to be a typo" to absolutely free. Here's a look at what's on tap.
Dave Matthews Band
Long-running jam band the Dave Matthews Band headlines St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 3, in a show dubbed "The Night Before." Tickets were priced from $67 to $127, but they're long gone. That said, it's possible the band will release additional seats on the day of the show, so fans who'd rather not fund scalpers should keep their eyes on both DMB's and the X's social media.
As for the Twin Cities' other arena, comedian and film star Kevin Hart is booked for a night of stand-up on Feb. 2 ($68 to $303) at Minneapolis' Target Center.
The New York-based and NFL-affiliated Nomadic Entertainment Group is behind the recent remodel of the Minneapolis Armory. They're calling the 8,000-capacity venue Nomadic Live during Super Bowl weekend and offering a roster of high-wattage stars set in concert.
Located two blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minneapolis Armory will continue to host concerts after the football festivities wrap. (Dance act Steve Aoki has a Feb. 24 show planned in the venue and metal legends Judas Priest are set to play there on April 2.)
The Nomadic Live lineup includes alt-rockers Imagine Dragons (Feb. 1, $175 for general admission and $1,000 for VIP); pop star Pink (Feb. 2, $225 and $1,750); and actress/singer/dancer/force of nature Jennifer Lopez. VIP entry for J Lo's Feb. 3 show is $1,750, while general admission tickets are $250. Platinum-level general admission tickets are currently $340 and are "dynamically priced up and down based on demand."
First-season "American Idol" champ Kelly Clarkson will play Nomadic Live on game day, although that show is only open to those who buy the aforementioned VIP Super Bowl ticket packages that start at $6,599. There is also a VIP post-game party planned at the Armory, with details to be announced.
Mystic Lake Casino
Nomadic is also associated with the nightclub action at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, 25 miles southwest of the stadium. A 64,000-square-foot temporary structure has been nixed, and now the shows will take place in much smaller spaces inside the casino.
Tickets for these performances are all priced at $200 for general admission and $475 and $750 for VIP. The lineup includes: dance duo the Chainsmokers (Feb. 1), pop star Kygo (Feb. 2), country act Florida Georgia Line (Feb. 3) and No Doubt's Gwen Stefani (Feb. 4).
Super Bowl Live free shows
Those experiencing sticker shock will be happy to know the Super Bowl is sponsoring a 10-night series of free concerts outdoors on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, featuring mostly homegrown acts.
The concerts run Jan. 26 through game day and while much of the lineup — curated by producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis — has been announced, the actual dates the artists are playing has not.
That said, some of the musicians have gone ahead and revealed their show dates via social media. Broadway and television star Idina Menzel ("Frozen," "Wicked," "Glee") will join local choral group VocalEssence to kick off the series on Jan. 26.
Prince will be honored on Jan. 29 by his pals Sheila E., the Revolution, New Power Generation and Morris Day and the Time.
Rapper Dessa and Mint Condition's Stokley Williams are booked Jan. 31, possibly with a performance from the full Mint Condition band, who are among the announced acts.
Twin Cities rockers are the focus Feb. 3 with a concert featuring the Suburbs, Soul Asylum, the Jayhawks and Husker Du's Bob Mould.
The other announced performers include singer/songwriter Cobi, former Minnesota Viking and "The Voice" contestant Esera Tuaolo, '80s pop group the Jets and local gospel/R&B acts Sounds of Blackness and the Steeles. A spokesman for the Super Bowl Host Committee said more artists will be added to the lineup in the coming weeks.
In the clubs
The larger music venues in the metro have mostly taken one of two approaches to the big game. They've either booked concerts aimed at Super Bowl fans or cleared their schedule to make the room available for lucrative corporate and private rentals.
First Avenue, Palace Theatre, Myth, Orchestra Hall, Northrop Auditorium, Fine Line Music Cafe, Turf Club, Pantages Theatre and Treasure Island Casino are among the venues with nothing scheduled for the first four days of February.
Prince is the focus for several of the unofficial Super Bowl week club shows. The Dakota Jazz Club hosts fDeluxe (aka the Family, the band that initially recorded "Nothing Compares 2 U") on Jan. 31 ($45 to $100) and the New Power Generation on Feb. 2 and 3 ($60 to $100).
The Minneapolis Prince tribute band the Purple Xperience is booked Jan. 30 ($19.99 to $55) at the Fine Line Music Cafe.
Cardi B, star of "Love and Hip Hop: New York," will perform at a Super Bowl kickoff party on Feb. 1 ($150 to $250) at Prive Minneapolis.
The Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul has hired family-friendly act Koo Koo Kanga Roo for an all-ages Super Bowl party on Feb. 3 ($15).
Civil Society, a nonprofit dedicated to helping human trafficking victims, is hosting a free Super Bowl party on game day. It runs from 1 to 10 p.m. and is open to all ages at Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.
Jam band O.A.R. will perform at the Taste of NFL Party with a Purpose on Feb. 3 at St. Paul RiverCentre. It features chefs from around the country serving more than 45,000 tastings portions. Proceeds from the $700 tickets benefit hunger relief charities.