Pre-Super Bowl Parties: Music We Missed

February 7, 2014

In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, before Bruno Mars knocked the socks off every unassuming Super Bowl viewer, New York City played host to various pre-Super Bowl bashes. Who knew!? I didn’t. This is the first year that I have heard about such fabulous parties. Now I see why it’s totally worth it to go to the Super Bowl — especially if it’s being hosted a train ride away from New York City.

The biggest headliner of the NYC bashes was undoubtedly Jay Z and Beyoncé, who performed at DirectTV’s “Super Saturday Night” party, the most expensive Super Bowl Party in history. It wasn’t until the very end that Jay Z welcomed his wife to the stage for a surprise performance of her latest single, “Drunk In Love,” featuring Jay Z himself — of course.


Beyoncé, whose Super Bowl halftime show stunned the nation last year, danced in Jay Z’s face, rapped her catchy “surfbort” lyrics, and (finally) planted a genuine kiss on her rap star husband at the end of the set. While it was not quite as epic as their Grammy performance, this collab was similarly electric, and the chemistry between the Carters was palpable. Watch the performance here!

Before Beyonce stole the show, Jay Z put on an electrifying hour-long set,  packed with recent hits like “Holy Grail” and “Tom Ford,” as well as classics like “99 Problems” and “Big Pimpin’.”

Meanwhile, at the huge new pop-up venue called the Bud Light Hotel on the banks of the Hudson River, Dave Grohl led the Foo Fighters on stage for their pre-Super Bowl performance. Our societal over-celebration of Super Bowl ads was just as present at this pre-bowl bash, with Bud Light’s logo littered plentifully throughout the venue. Grohl himself sipped on a beer while tending to the mic. Halfway through their two-hour, career-spanning set, Grohl enthusiastically shouted,

“As far as I’m concerned, this is the f—ing halftime show.” It certainly was much more than just a recital featuring their greatest hits.

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Of course the band played popular numbers like “This Is the Call,” but surprisingly, they also played more obscure songs such as 1999’s “Generator”. And just to spoil the audience a little more, the Foo Fighters performed a few solid covers: Tom Petty’s “Breakdown,” and the epic Pink Floyd song, “In the Flesh.”Click here to watch their set.

The Zac Brown Band — who honestly could have headlined a show on their own — opened at the Bud Light Hotel for their Foo Fighting predecessors. They blasted through a slew of songs such as “Into the Mystic,” “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and Rage Against the Machine’s epic anthem, “Killing in the Name.”

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Earlier in the week, at the same Bud Light venue, The Roots, Busta Rhymes and Run DMC were all part of a lineup for the “Bud Light & EA Sports’ Hip Hop NYC” party.

On Saturday night, at Maxim Magazine’s “Big Game Weekend Super Bowl XLVIII” party, Kendrick Lamar took the stage around 1:30am…while still wearing his coat. Apparently he performed a short five-song set that felt errand-esque and included “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” and “Swimming Pools (Drank)”.

Dang! If I would have been more prepared I would have entered some contests or something so I could get into some of these shindigs. Welp, there’s always next time.

In a perfect world, which Super Bowl weekend show would you have gone to? Tweet us @weknowthedj.

~ Jenni Moore (@JenniferKayMo)



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