The Super Bowl is the best day of the year for hardcore football fans. But for music lovers (or anyone who just likes music), the entire week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII is shaping up to be the ultimate live music experience. From concerts featuring chart-topping acts to parties hosted by your favorite musicians, check out all the who, what, where and when info on music-related events going down next week when the Super Bowl hits the New York/New Jersey area.
Monday, January 27
- J. Cole kicks off the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz concert series at Queens College's Colden Auditorium in Queens at 9:00p. It's the first of six Blitz concerts that will be aired every night on VH1 at 11:00p EST/PST.
Tuesday, January 28
- Janelle Monae will boogie down at her VH1 Super Bowl Blitz concert at Lehman College's Concert Hall in the Bronx at 9:30p.
Wednesday, January 29
- Fall Out Boy's VH1 Super Bowl Blitz concert will rock the Brooklyn Bowl at 9:00p.
- John Legend performs as a part of the Citi Evenings With Legends concert series at the McKittrick Hotel in Manhattan at 9:00p.
- Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo will host their Red, White and Black Party at Greenhouse Varick in Manhattan at 10:00p. Look out for expected A-list guests including Flo Rida, Akon, Rick Ross, Lindsay Lohan, Floyd Mayweather, LaLa, Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald.
Thursday, January 30
- Get nostalgic with TLC at their VH1 Super Bowl Blitz concert at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan at 8:30p.
- The Roots, Busta Rhymes and Run D.M.C. will team up for a heavy-hitting hip hop at the Bud Light Hotel New York, near the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, in Manhattan at 6:00p.
- Band of Horses performs as part of Citi Evenings With Legends concert series at McKittrick Hotel in Manhattan at 9:00p.
- Kings of Leon performs for Fox Sports 1's Thursday Night Super Bash at Time Warner Cable Studios in Manhattan at 8:30p.
Friday, January 31
- Imagine Dragons will rock the Bud Light Hotel New York concert, near the Intrepid Museum, in Manhattan at 6:00p.
- Mary J. Blige, Marc Anthony and John Legend are all slated to perform at the Shape and Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party at Cipriani in Manhattan at 7:00p.
- John Mayer performs at the invite-only NFL Friday Night Party at the Museum of Natural History for team owners, NFL players, business partners and VIPs. That goes down in Manhattan at 7:00p.
- Maroon 5 will melt hearts at the JBL Party at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan at 8:00p.
- Kendrick Lamar and Robin Thicke join forces for ESPN's 10th Annual Super Bowl Party at Pier 36 in Manhattan at 9:00p.
- Join the Goo Goo Dolls at the Wellmont Theater in Staten Island for their VH1 Super Bowl Blitz concert at 9:30p.
- The Black Keys perform for the Citi Evenings With Legends concert series at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan.
- Patti Labelle, Mary Mary, Natalie Grant, Tamela Mann and Donnie McClurkin will stir your soul at the 15th Annual NFL Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan at 7:30p.
Saturday, February 1
- Paramore will be the closing act for DirecTV's Celebrity Beach Bowl at Pier 40 in Manhattan, running from 10:00a to 4:00p.
- Blondie performs an outdoor concert at the intersection of 41st St and Broadway in Manhattan at 8:00p.
- Gavin DeGraw closes out the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz concert with his show at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ at 9:30p.
- Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band perform at the Bud Light Hotel New York, near the Intrepid Museum, in Manhattan at 3:00p.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers, New Politics, MS MR, J. Roddy Walston & The Business and Basic Vacation concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 7:00p.
Super Bowl Sunday, February 2
- Bruno Mars (featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers) rocks the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at the stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.
- Fall Out Boy and Jake Owen both perform at the Bud Light Hotel New York concert, near the Intrepid Museum, in Manhattan at 1:00p.