Update: This article previously stated that Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis would’ve announced the Super Bowl Live line-up on Oct. 27 if their flight hadn’t been delayed. Instead, they were simply planning to appear in Minneapolis to share their excitement.
About a hundred people and a squad of cameras gathered in the IDS Building’s Crystal Court this morning to hear Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee CEO Maureen Bausch, Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges, and other event representatives share their plans for festivities surrounding Super Bowl LII. The original plan would’ve seen Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the Minnesotan songwriting/production team best known for their work with Janet Jackson, visit Minneapolis to announce their curation of Super Bowl Live’s concert series, which will run from Jan. 26-Feb. 4. But since their plane was delayed this morning, the show went on without them. They’ll visit to announce to line-up in “a couple of weeks.”
Bausch and the team offered a few details about the flurry of shows; they’ll be free, short, and held outside at the Verizon Up Stage. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were eager to help curate, according to Bausch: “It was a split second, and they said, ‘Yes, we will help.'” National and local artists have been booked.
The duo’s flight from Los Angeles was delayed due to plane issues — “not weather,” Bausch seemed determined to point out during this first snow of the season.
In keeping, Super Bowl Live reps intend to “lean into” the cold, encouraging Minnesotans to “pray for 26 degrees [and] sunny [weather] and a fresh coat of snow.” They praised the soon-to-be-finished Nicollet Mall as a hub for Super Bowl activities and noted that Native American dancers from Northland Community Schools Drum and Dance Group will “put the sun to bed” every evening during the festivities.