Shaq, Usher and Mayer all show Super Bowl week
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shaquille O’Neal will return to the city where he helped the Los Angeles Lakers win three straight championships.
This time, O’Neal — who moonlights as DJ Diesel — will hold his carnival-themed event “Shaq’s Fun House” Friday night in Los Angeles ahead of the Super Bowl this weekend. His next event – which features performances from Lil Wayne, Zedd and Diplo – will be held in person after taking place virtually last year due to COVID-19 concerns.
O’Neal said he wanted to bring “Fun House” back with a bang. The event will take place in the spacious Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, where several attractions will be built, including a human claw machine, a Ferris wheel and an 80-foot slide.
“After last year, where we revamped ‘Fun House’ to make it a virtual streaming event, I think fans are even more excited to come back and celebrate,” O’Neal said. “We won’t let them down.”
Alongside O’Neal’s event, the days leading up to the big game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals will include concerts by some of the world’s biggest music stars, including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Lil Baby, Blake Shelton and Bailiff.
Here’s a look at some of the events during a busy Super Bowl week:
MAYER’S LITTLE SCENE
John Mayer will have a more intimate setting at SiriusXM and Pandora’s Small Stage series. The Grammy winner will headline the concert at the Hollywood Palladium on Wednesday night.
The concert will be hosted by Andy Cohen, who will sit down with Mayer to discuss his music and upcoming tour. Mayer will perform songs from his latest album, “Sob Rock.”
Scott Greenstein, president and CCO of SiriusXM, said he thought Mayer’s gig would be another indication that shows can be fun and safe at the same time. So far during the pandemic, Small Stages – which launched in August 2021 – has seen some success with past performances from Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, HER, Brandi Carlile and J. Cole.
“Although these two years have been difficult, I don’t think people will forget what they love,” Greenstein said. “You feel a little safer and better about it and you can have fun – it will be a win for me.”
Once completed the honors of the NFL, many will head to an exclusive afterparty starry underscored by a performance of Usher.
On Thursday night, the eight-time Grammy winner will take to the BET Network stage inside SoFi Stadium at The Canyons, an outdoor venue within the stadium’s footprint. Many guests – Hollywood celebrities, NFL Hall of Famers and team owners – will get their first glimpse of the Super Bowl 56 site.
During the event, DirecTV will award a $25,000 grant to a community organization. Two other organizations, which focus on empowering youth through storytelling, will receive $5,000 each.
BUD LIGHT MUSIC FESTIVAL
Halsey and Machine Gun Kelly will co-host the first night of the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest on Thursday night. The three-night festival will celebrate its third year in the new Crypto.com Arena.
The follow-up evening includes performances by Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Mickey Guyton, who will sing the national anthem ahead of Sunday’s big game. Green Day and Miley Cyrus will close the festival on Saturday evening.
Justin Bieber is set to perform at the reunion weekend pop-up party. The two-night event kicks off with Bieber on Friday night with a special DJ staged by Marshmello at the Pacific Design Center in the heart of West Hollywood. Saturday night, Drake will perform as a special guest. The invitation-only event will host approximately 1,500 guests each evening.
CeCe Winans, CeeLo Green, Natalie Grant and Lecrae are some of the musical performers who will grace the stage during the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.
Chloe Bailey of R&B duo Chloe x Halle, Mali Music and Regina Belle will also take part in the Saturday night event. It will air on Bounce TV and stream on Amazon Prime Video.
NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders will receive the Lifetime of Inspiration Award. Sanders, who is currently the head football coach at Jackson State University, is a two-time Super Bowl champion.
DC comedian Young Fly and inspirational figure Sarah Jakes Roberts will host the event, the theme of which is “Catch the Light.” Organizers want to showcase NFL players and their faith with uplifting “songs of joy.”
Expected guests include Russell Wilson, Myles Garrett, Cam Jordan, Kirk Cousins and Stefon Diggs.
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Saturday night, Meek Mill along with Diplo and Gunna will perform at the Big Game Weekend edition. Jack Harlow, Kygo and Frank Walker will headline Sports Illustrated on the same night.
The Chainsmokers and Lil Baby will kick off the first night of the DIRECTV/Maxim party on Friday. The following night will feature Tiesto with 50 Cent as host.