The Eli Young Band and The Chainsmokers are among the recording artists who will perform during several pre-game concerts in late January 2015 leading up to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Az.
Super Bowl XLIX will feature several big-name performers leading up to the big game on Feb. 1.
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Among these are The Eli Young Band and The Chainsmokers, per The Arizona Republic's (via AZCentral.com) Megan Finnerty. All of the shows are free and will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. PT. They will cover a four-night, one-day span from Jan. 28 to Jan. 31. The venue will be at the WaterDance Plaza (capacity: 7,000) of Glendale's WestGate Entertainment District.
Finnerty draws up the schedule along with the songs each recording artist is known for:
- Jan. 28: Los Lobos ("La Bamba," "Come On, Let's Go" and "Will The Wolf Survive?"
- Jan. 29: The Chainsmokers ("#Selfie," "Erase" and "The Rookie")
- Jan. 30: Eli Young Band ("Drunk Last Night," "Crazy Girl" and Even If It Breaks Your Heart")
- Jan. 31 / 80's Night: Dramarama ("Anything, Anything"), Bow Wow Wow ("I Want Candy"), Gene Loves Jezebel ("Jealous") and Naked Eyes ("Always Something There to Remind Me")
Finnerty interviewed Westgate Entertainment District Manager Jeff Teetsel on Dec. 26. The latter downplayed earning revenue as the sole motivation behind the concerts. He quipped,"There's a lot of fun activities in town for the Super Bowl, but many of them are free. This is about engaging with the community, and bringing business to our tenants rather than us trying to make money."
Instead, Teetsel told The Glendale Star on Dec. 23 that the free concerts are there to build excitement for Super Bowl XLIX"
"We are pleased to present a fantastic music lineup that is completely free and open to the public. With many of the events around the big game being private or expensive, we wanted to differentiate Westgate's activities and provide a free opportunity for both locals and visiting fans to participate in the excitement surrounding the Super Bowl. No ticket is required to attend, and Westgate's WaterDance Event Plaza is a spectacular open-air environment. We and our tenants look forward to welcoming thousands of fans each day."
According to The Arizona Republic update, Westgate boasts of more than 20 restaurants, bars and retailers. Among these are Buffalo Wild Wings, Yard House, McFadden's Kabuki Japanese Restaurant and Johnny Rockets. Westgate also has an open-air beer garden surrounding its stage area as well as the biggest AMC Theatre in the state of Arizona.
Finnerty stresses more than 250 events are held in the said venue annually.
Musician Katy Perry will perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show on Feb. 1, per NFL.com. Her number will be the pinnacle of all entertainment-related events which will build hype for the much-anticipated game.
Among the hits she's known for are "I Kissed A Girl," "Hot N' Cold," "Thinking of You" and "Waking Up In Vegas." When her Super Bowl halfime show performance was confirmed on Nov. 23, she formally joined the ranks of Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2 as among those who have been given the honor, per NFL.com.
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