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Concerts at the 2018 Super Bowl: From Nicollet Mall to Mystic Lake

The Revolution, seen here at First Avenue in 2016, will play Nicollet Mall for Super Bowl Live! (Nate Ryan/MPR)

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest weekends in sports, but it’s also going to be a big weekend for music. It seems like every few days there’s a huge artist added to the list of performers at Minnesota shows surrounding the big game on Feb. 4 — but there’s also a lot we don’t know, including who’s going to sing the National Anthem. (Justin Timberlake is providing halftime entertainment.) We’ve compiled a list to help you make sense of all the music madness surrounding the big game.

Super Bowl LIVE

Iconic Twin Cities producers Jimmy Jam Harris and Terry Lewis were called upon to choose the lineup for a series of free concerts on Nicollet Mall. The producers chose a mix of local and non-local artists, but they say they specifically want “to really celebrate the amazing legacy of Minnesota music.” Each night will have a theme, including a Prince night and a rock night.

Where: Nicollet Mall

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 Mardigan
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
4:00 p.m. Kris Wu
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

Nomadic Live

Nomadic Entertainment Group, has put together a lineup of concerts with a lot of big names, as they do at each year’s Super Bowl. The Nomadic concerts are taking place at the newly renovated Armory, just across the Commons from U.S. Bank Stadium, and the pop-up Club Nomadic at Mystic Lake. Update 1/12: Club Nomadic has been canceled. Some of the scheduled shows there will move inside.

Imagine Dragons
Where: Armory
When: Feb. 1
Price: $175

Where: Armory
When: Feb. 2
Price: $225

Jennifer Lopez
Where: Armory
When: Feb. 3

The Chainsmokers
Where: Mystic Lake Center
When: Feb. 1
Price: $200

Where: Mystic Lake Center
When: Feb. 2
Price: $200

Florida Georgia Line
Where: Mystic Showroom
When: Feb. 3
Price: $200

Gwen Stefani
Where: Mystic Lake Center
When: Feb. 4
Price: $200

CLM Presents

Rick Ross, Lil Jon, and IRIE
Where: Lumber Exchange Building
When: Feb. 1
Price: $249.99

Jamie Foxx, Kaskade, RL Grime, DJ Diesel, and VICE
Where: Lumber Exchange Building
When: Feb. 2
Price: $299

Afrojack, Ludacris, Nick Cannon, and Mix Master Mike
Where: Lumber Exchange Building
When: Feb. 3
Price: $299.99


Many popular venues, like First Avenue, have not publicly announced any Super-Bowl-related events. Rest assured that the venues will be busy, though! The rooms could be booked for private events, or public shows could be announced in the following weeks. Here are a couple of big shows (including a comedy show) that have been announced at local arenas.

The Night Before: Dave Matthews Band
Where: Xcel Energy Center
When: Feb. 3
Price: $57-785

Kevin Hart — The Irresponsible Tour
Where: Target Center
When: Feb. 2
Price: $68-303

Rolling Stone Super Bowl Party: Migos
Where: International Market
When: Feb. 2
Price: $700-1250

New Power Generation
Where: The Dakota Jazz Club
When: Feb. 2
Price: $60-80

Jellybean’s Super Bowl Week Kickoff Party: Jellybean Johnson, Tori Ruffin, and Freakjuice
Where: Minnesota Music Cafe
When: Jan. 28
Price: $10

Kick Off Your Superbowl Week w/ The Purple Xperience
Where: Fine Line Music Cafe
When: Jan. 30
Price: $19.99-55

Future and Cardi B
Where: Myth
When: Feb. 2
Price: $500-2000

Darnell Davis presents Superbowl Soul Jam
Where: Icehouse
When: Jan. 30
Price: $8

  • mike ross

    Looking at the prices, the indoor events must be for only the “important people!”

  • Erik

    The Lumber Exchange Building has concerts that weekend.
    Rick Ross on the 1st, Jamie Foxx on the 2nd, Ludacris on the 3rd.
    All tickets $250 or more.

  • Erik

    After Idina Menzel performs, you can head over to the Cedar for the 28 Hour Drone Not Drones show.

  • Erik

    Based on the times for the Free shows, it looks like there might be something still to be announced at 7:45 on the 2nd.