MINNEAPOLIS – Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) today announced several more musical acts and a full schedule of performers who will play free concerts at Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon, the MNSBHC’s 10-day festival along Nicollet Mall that will be free and open to the public.
Showcasing the Minnesota Sound and music across many genres, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have created a musical lineup with something for everyone that is sure to heat up the Bold North with free concerts at the Verizon Up Stage at Ice Mountain on Nicollet Mall. Brother Ali, Skylar Grey, X Ambassadors and many more artists join an already stellar cast of performers that were announced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis last December. There is something for everyone during the 10-days of performances. Highlights include:
• The Verizon Up Stage at Ice Mountain will formally open on Friday, January 26 with Tony Award winning icon Idina Menzel performing the song “Let It Go,” from the Disney movie Frozen. After the kickoff, hometown favorite Cynthia Johnson will sing Funkytown with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis joining them on stage.
• Saturday, January 27 will feature a flavor of Minnesota’s vibrant hip-hop scene with performances by deM atlaS, Brother Ali and Prof.
• Monday, January 29 will be a “Salute to Prince” with performances by The Revolution, Sheila E., Morris Day and the Time, as well as a community sing-along of Purple Rain and other Prince favorites.
• Wednesday, January 31 will feature performances by Dessa, Mint Condition with Stokely Williams, and New Power Generation with Andre Cymone,
• Thursday, February 1 will include performances from Cobi, The Jets and Skylar Grey.
• Super Bowl LII eve on Saturday, February 3 will include an eclectic rock line-up of Bob Mould, The Suburbs, The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum and X Ambassadors.
"The Minneapolis sound, really started on the shoulders of artists from around the state like Augie Garcia, the Andrews Sisters, Bob Dylan and many others,” said Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “There's a musical thread that is woven all the way through to today. The Super Bowl LIVE concerts give us a chance to highlight and celebrate this quilt of musical genres in our home state. Whether it's Reggae, Country, Rock, R&B, Funk or Jazz It's ALL Minnesota, and we're privileged to have the opportunity to showcase the Minneapolis Sound and the music of Minnesota which is truly the music of the world."
The Full Concert Schedule is available to view at mnsuperbowl.com/events.
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee also released guidance for Super Bowl visitors making their plans to enjoy the free concerts. In order to ensure the safety of guests and the continued flow of pedestrian traffic along Nicollet Mall, there will be a designated concert viewing area in front of the Verizon Up Stage at Ice Mountain.
Entry to the viewing area will open each day at the same time as Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon. Fans will not be allowed to wait in line prior to that time for entry. There are two entries to the concert viewing area; on Nicollet Mall between 8th and 9th, and on 8th Street between Nicollet and Marquette. All who enter the concert viewing area are subject to additional security screening, including hand-held metal detectors and bag checks. A list of prohibited items is available on our website.Audio and screens will be available along Nicollet Mall for additional viewing.
Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon opens on Friday, January 26th at 4pm.
Visit mnsuperbowl.com to learn about all of the fun in the Bold North that visitors can experience during our 10-day free and open to the public festival.
Super Bowl LIVE Presented by Verizon VerizonUp Stage Performance Schedule
Friday, January 26: Bold North Kickoff
4:00 p.m. DJ Mad Mardigan
5:00 p.m. Kick-off Celebration with Idina Menzel, VocalEssence and Esera Tuaolo
6:15 p.m. Cynthia Johnson performing “Funkytown”
6:45 p.m. Hitchville
7:30 p.m. Trailer Trash
8:30 p.m. Lost Highway
9:15 p.m. Chris Hawkey Band
Saturday, January 27
2:00 p.m. DJ Mad Madigan
4:00 p.m. Beats and Rhymes
5:00 p.m. Lexii Alijai
6:00 p.m. iLLism
7:00 p.m. deM atlaS
8:00 p.m. Brother Ali
9:00 p.m. Prof
Sunday, January 28
2:00 p.m. DJ Kimuel Hailey
4:15 p.m. Bailey Bryan
5:00 p.m. Sara Renner
5:45 p.m. The Steeles
6:15 p.m. Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir
7:30 p.m. Sounds of Blackness with Big Jim Wright & Ann Nesby
Monday, January 29: Salute to Prince
8:00 p.m. Sheila E.
8:30 p.m. Morris Day
9:15 p.m. The Revolution
Tuesday, January 30
4:00 p.m. DJ Matty Matt
7:15 p.m. Socaholix
7:45 p.m. International Reggae All Stars
8:30 p.m. Ipso Facto
Wednesday, January 31
4:00 p.m. DJ Brother Jules
6:00 p.m. Stokley Williams
6:45 p.m. Dessa
7:30 p.m. Mint Condition and Stokley Williams
8:30 p.m. New Power Generation with Andre Cymone
Thursday, February 1
4:00 p.m. DJ Kimuel Hailey
4:00 p.m. Les Stroud
4:45 p.m. Jakubi
5:45 p.m. fDeluxe (aka The Family)
6:45 p.m. New Power Soul
7:45 p.m. Andre Cymone
8:45 p.m. Rae Sremmurd
Friday, February 2
2:00 p.m. DJ Howard Kessler
4:00 p.m. Zuluzuluu
4:45 p.m. Cobi
5:45 p.m. The Jets
6:45 p.m. KING
9:00 p.m. Skylar Grey
Saturday, February 3: Skol Day
11:30 a.m DJ Dudley D
4:45 p.m. Bob Mould
5:45 p.m. The Suburbs
6:45 p.m. The Jayhawks
7:45 p.m. Soul Asylum
9:00 p.m. X Ambassadors
Sunday, February 4: Game Day
12:00 p.m. DJ Dudley D
1:00 p.m. 13 Crowns
About X Ambassadors
X Ambassadors is an American alternative rock band from Ithaca, New York with lead vocalist Sam Harris, keyboardist Casey Harris, lead guitarist Noah Feldshuh, and drummer Adam Levin. X Ambassadors released their debut major label EP Love Songs Drug Songs in 2013. In promotion of the EP they toured supporting Imagine Dragons, Jimmy Eat World, and The Mowglis. In 2014, the band released a second major label EP, The Reason. The band's debut full-length album, VHS, was released on June 30, 2015.
About Skylar Grey
While Skylar Grey was writing and recording much of her second full-length album Natural Causes [KidinaKorner/Interscope Records], at her Park City, UT home, which she calls Grizzly Manor Studios, the five-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist breathed inspiration from her surroundings and exhaled songs that speak to the magic and majesty of nature. It’s a natural evolution for Grey. Co-writing smashes for the likes of Rihanna and Nicki Minaj and featuring on anthems alongside everybody from Eminem and Dr. Dre to Kaskade and Kid Cudi, she spent the past decade quietly assembling one of modern music’s most ubiquitous and undeniable discographies with cumulative sales surpassing 25 million worldwide. In 2015, she contributed “I Know You” to the chart-dominating Fifty Shades of Grey Official Soundtrack Album and “I Will Return” to the Furious 7 Official Soundtrack Album. Grey began working on what would become Natural Causes shortly after the release of 2013’s critically acclaimed Don’t Look Down, which bowed at #8 on the Billboard Top 200. As Grey’s music remains a product of nature, it possesses that same power to inspire in the end.
About Rae Sremmurd
Rae Sremmurd - pronounced "Ray-Shrim-er," consists of real life brothers Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee, the first act signed to multi-platinum producer Mike WiLL Made-It’s Ear Drummer Records. Rae Sremmurd’s first single under the Ear Drummer Records, “No Flex Zone,” was a breakout for the duo, becoming a cultural touchstone throughout 2014 and entering Billboard’s Hot 100 and Top 40, peaking at number 36, while earning the brothers a performance on the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards, along with a remix from Nicki Minaj and Pusha T, and co-signs from the likes of Kim Kardashian, Justin Timberlake, Juicy J, and plenty more. The follow-up, “No Type,” has proved even bigger, peaking at number 16 on Billboard’s Top 40 charts and earning the duo their first late night appearance, with a performance (a medley of “No Flex Zone” and “No Type”) on The Tonight Show. To start 2015, Rae Sremmurd released their highly anticipated first album, SremmLife, with a top 5 debut on the Billboard Top 200 and a number 1 debut on Billboard Hip-Hop, and have since had "Throw Sum Mo," featuring Nicki Minaj & Young Thug, emerge as their third consecutive single to break into the top 10 at urban radio and second consecutive single, following “No Type,” to peak at #1. With each new success, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi have managed to keep a level head, focused simply on showing the world what two young brothers from Tupelo can achieve.
fDeluxe (The Family)
The Family has long been acclaimed as one of the finest acts to emerge from the post ‘Purple Rain’ era of R&B. Instigated by Prince, the group featured the vocals of St. Paul Peterson alongside bandmates Jellybean Johnson and Jerome Benton of The Time, saxophonist Eric Leeds and Susannah Melvoin, twin sister of Revolution guitarist Wendy Melvoin. The Minneapolis group’s debut album was the first non-Prince album to be released on their mentor’s Warner Bros distributed Paisley Park Records. The band disbanded after one concert - a sold out show at Minneapolis’ famous First Avenue - and, while they remained in friendly touch with each other, the members forged careers down separate paths. Jerome, Susannah and Eric joined the expanded line-up of The Revolution (Leeds would go on to front jazz-funk outfit Madhouse and release 3 solo albums), Jellybean would join Jam & Lewis at Flyte Tyme (producing hits for the likes of Janet Jackson, Mint Condition and New Edition) and multi-instrumentalist St. Paul released albums for MCA and Atlantic before become an in-demand session musician. After nearly two decades the band reunited briefly in 2003 at the request of Sheila E. for a huge charity concert at LA’s Forum. The band’s highly anticipated comeback album ‘Gaslight’ (released under the name fDeluxe) was released in October 2011 and quickly became a critics favorite featuring in numerous end of year lists. ‘Gaslight’ combined the essence of the original Family album with the band’s subsequent influences and intoxicating musical journeys. fDeluxe is that rare band that combines clever, modern material, studio savvy and the stage experience to tear the roof off.
There’s always a party happening somewhere, and Jakubi provide the perfect soundtrack. That’s why the Melbourne, Australia quintet—brothers Jerome [vocals, keys, talkbox] & Jacob Farah [bass, moog], cousins Jesse Rehaut [drums, guitar] & Adam Kane [guitar, keys], and longtime friend Rob Amoruso [guitar, keys, drums]—immediately attracted a growing audience with their swinging, slick, and sizzling sonic buffet of pop, R&B, hip-hop, rock, and soul since first emerging in 2012. In 2013, they uploaded “Can’t Afford It All” to Soundcloud, and it swept the internet with 500,000-plus plays in a month. A Kygo remix would swiftly cross the 5-million mark as the boys received an invite to tour with Fishbone in the United States during early 2014. Their next 2015 viral smash “Couch Potato” racked up over 500,000 YouTube/VEVO views and garnered effusive praise from Perez Hilton. 2016 saw the boys land in Los Angeles to record what would become their appropriately titled debut EP, 61 Barkly—the address of the house where they first jammed. For six months, they collaborated with everybody from GRAMMY® Award winning producer Eric Hudson [Kanye West, John Legend, Dr. Dre] and Harmony Samuels [Ne-Yo, Chris Brown] to Royal-Z [Fifth Harmony] and FRESHM3N III [Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears]. Their unparalleled chemistry stems directly from a family bond. “It’s such a big part of who we are,” comments Adam. “That connection helped smooth the process of touring and making a record halfway around the world from our homes. Being a family keeps us real.” Now, 61 Barkly is the place where the fun commences. “This is only the beginning,” Jacob leaves off. “It’s our proper step in the door on an international level. This is it, and we can’t wait to share this music with the world.”
Prof, the newest signee to Rhymesayers Entertainment, is already a legend on the southside of Minneapolis. With three self-released albums, plus three additional mixtapes of exclusive material already under his belt, it should come as no surprise he's been tirelessly making music for over a decade. While he's continued to develop over that time, both musically and artistically, he's also fine-tuned his live show to such a spectacle that he's undeniably made a lasting impression on the scene. As an entertainer, Prof shows incredible diversity. Whether artistically, or characteristically, he purposefully maneuvers between the parallels of inconceivable experiences and extraordinary fantasies. From the factual to the fictitious, there’s seemingly no end to the number of unique narratives or deliveries at his disposal. Once considered the underdog, Prof has fought his way to the forefront of the scene and amassed a ravenous following along the way. About iLLism Hip Hop artist Envy and R&B vocalist Fancy, together known as iLLism stand to one day be among the list of the most influential artists of their time. The husband and wife duo are setting their own precedence when it comes to their sound, "Our Music. Our Rules." From the medley of captivating narratives and melodic infliction iLLism continues to grow in their own predominant role in music's ever changing trends and still never compromising who they are as artists. Creativity being a staple of their truth, their essences and independence iLLism is on a road to greatness.
About Sara Renner
Sara Renner and her band “The Elements” have been sharing their soulful blend of Gospel & Jazz music with diverse audiences across the United States for over 15 years. Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sara’s passionate vocal delivery, the integrity of her message and her vulnerable and funny storytelling open up a rare window into the human soul.
Hitchville has quickly solidified themselves among the upper echelon of regional talent. Under the leadership of dynamic lead vocalists Heidi Owens and Matthew Kneefe, the group’s trademark harmonies, down home personalities, and kinetic stage energy leads to an unforgettable live show in which the band has worked tirelessly to produce. The group’s most recent, highly anticipated sophomore album “Soundtrack to Life” is now available everywhere! It includes their first two iHeartRadio #1 singles “Even When It’s Bad It’s Good” and “Love is the Road”.
About Trailer Trash
Trailer Trash is known for playing traditional country music, but they can swing, rock and groove in a wide variety of styles from the American hit parade. Now in its twenty-fifth year, the band has turned generations of music lovers on to its brand of American roots, country, swing and rockabilly. Their contagious enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment onstage have earned TRAILER TRASH the reputation of being Minnesota’s premier honky tonk band.
About Lost Highway
Since their inception in 2009, Lost Highway has proven themselves to be one of the Upper Midwest region's top country bands. From opening shows for national acts such as Hank Williams Jr., Clay Walker, and Josh Thompson, to playing outdoor festivals, or playing to capacity crowds in the hottest venues in the area, Lost Highway's commitment to Country Music and electrifying crowds is evident every time they hit the stage.
About Ipso Facto
Ipso Facto Reggae band formed in 1983. The band was formed by brothers Wain Mcfarlane, Greg Mcfarlane, and Julian Mcfarlane. Tom Harsavoort, Bruce Jackson, and Jose James joined the band in 1987. Keyboard player Charles Petrus joined the band in 2011. Ipso Facto is a blend of Reggae music that will rock the body and trigger the mind.
The Socaholix are a high-energy Caribbean dance band that has been gracing stages in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area since 2010. Comprised of members from the Caribbean, Africa and the USA, the magical musicianship creates an energy that is both unique and infectious. Performing a genre known as “Soca”, a hybrid of Soul and Calypso music commonly found in the Eastern Caribbean, Prince Jabba brings an on-stage performance that fully encompasses the Afro-Caribbean diaspora on the highest sonic level.
About International Reggae All Stars
With band members hailing from Venezuela to Trinidad, and Ghana to Kingston Jamaica, the International Reggae All-Stars are truly a global band. Featuring one of today’s hottest reggae vocalists, Kingston native Lynval “Golden Voice” Jackson, theInternational Reggae All-Stars play reggae, dancehall and all the Bob Marley classics, and bring peace, love and positive vibrations with them where ever they go.
ZULUZULUU is made up of six musicians/producers: MMYYKK, Proper-T, Greg Grease, DJ Just Nine, ∆RT P∆RTÉ & Trelly Mo. Armed with various synths, drum machines, and instruments set out to bring a new, exploratory modern sound influenced by the greats of funk, soul, and jazz with electronic excursions, hard grooves, Afro-futurism and soulful melodies. ZULUZULUU explores the psyche and searches for Black Excellence.
About Bailey Bryan
Embraced by the Nashville community, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott nominated Bryan as a 2017 Grammy Artist of Tomorrow, and iHeartRadio’s Bobby Bones selected her for his Class Of 2017. And with more than 2.5 million streams on Spotify, tour runs with Dan + Shay and Kane Brown, main stage performances at Stagecoach and Watershed, an EP that’s been lauded by The New York Times as “excellent” and “infectious”.
About 13 Crowns "Where’s the camera crew? This is history in making!” was the response from songwriter extraordinaire Poo Bear after hearing the story of 13 Crowns. The 7 oldest siblings in this family make up 13 Crowns. There are 13 siblings in all……giving you the name. Their hope is that everyone will see that under the surface we are all royal in our own way and each of us wears a crown. As children of 2 professional musicians (dad a bass player in his family band from the 80’s The Jets, and mom a singer songwriter in a group called Blush) the older members of the family grew up aspiring to follow in their footsteps. They are signed to an independent label H&S Records and have been honored to be in the studio with talented producer team The Audibles and 2 songs written by Poo Bear. Their music has evolved into a sound they are excited to share. As an actual band who loves to play R&B Soul music, their original songs have fallen into the same lane as The Fugees, Arrested Development and The Roots. Their songs feature positive messages that bring the listener into an upbeat mood and make you want to move.
About Beats & Rhymes
Beats & Rhymes was founded in 2007 at the Nellie Stone Johnson Beacons Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Shortly after the program was founded, the YMCA received a grant from Best Buy to fund this new venture. Its purpose was to provide school-age kids the chance to experience making and recording music in a way they could relate to. Each student has to complete their homework in order to participate in the after-school program. It was designed to provide challenging, positive youth and career development opportunities for low income, culturally-diverse youth. The Beats & Rhymes program has produced and released 8 albums with the various groups it has developed. The NSJ Crew, consisting of just students from Nellie Stone Johnson Community School, was the first group to form. In 2010, the program expanded with the Y.N.RichKids (“Why enrich kids?”) at the North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center where it was able to include kids from many schools around the neighborhood, as well as high school kids. More groups are being developed at Lucy Laney Community School, among many others. Beats & Rhymes is used as a vehicle to help young people more fully develop their writing, technical, business, academic and social skills. The program uses positive youth development principles and project-based learning to promote leadership skills and cultural tolerance. They teach youth technology skills in the area of music production and engineering.
Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir
Under the direction of David Hurst and Andrew Griffin, the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir honors the African-American gospel tradition and through this music shares a message of hope and joy while striving to help strengthen community across ethnic, cultural and economic lines.
See bios on full list of performers, including those previously announced at mnsuperbowl.com/SBLIVE