Even if you don’t have tickets to Super Bowl 50 next weekend in Santa Clara, the festivities leading up to the big game are numerous.
Though the game takes place in Santa Clara, San Francisco – appropriately 49 miles away – will host many of the music-related events.
Things kick off Saturday at the Super Bowl City extravaganza in San Francisco, which is at the east end of Market Street spilling out toward Sue Bierman Park, Justin Herman Plaza and the Embarcadero ferry building. Inside, its City Stage will host a series of free concerts throughout the week, beginning with Northern California rock crooner Chris Isaak at 7:25 p.m. along with a fireworks show and a Bay Lights relighting.
The City Stage also will host San Francisco-based pop singer Matt Nathanson at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nashville country pop sensation The Band Perry at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Los Angeles pop rockers OneRepublic at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and Brooklyn R&B singer Alicia Keys (right) at 7 p.m. Feb. 6.
All of the Super Bowl City shows are free. The acts named are headliners for a full slate of performers.
Given Super Bowl organizers anticipate as many as 1 million people will visit the Super Bowl City gala during the nine days it’s open and several streets are closed to host it, using public transportation to get there is recommended.
For those who can afford to open their wallets a bit wider, perhaps the biggest event takes place when Bay Area thrash metal and hard rock juggernaut Metallica teams up with London-based alternative rockers Cage the Elephant at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at AT&T Park in a concert dubbed “CBS Radio’s The Night Before.” Tickets were still available as of Thursday. Metallica will bring the pyro, but CTE is worth arriving early to see as the group is known for its fiery live performances.
Other gigs outside of Super Bowl City include a performance by classic rockers Heart at 6 p.m. Sunday at Mission College in Santa Clara. The event is listed as sold out, but the band is scheduled to return to Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheater in August.
Project Nightclub at Pier 70 in San Francisco will host Virginia jam and pop rock group Dave Matthews Band (right) as well as pop soul singer and producer Pharrell Williams on back-to-back nights, at 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 p.m. Feb. 5, respectively.
Raiders great Marcus Allen is scheduled to host a “Concert of Champions” featuring NFL Films footage with a live performance by the San Francisco Symphony at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Davis Symphony Hall in San Francisco.
Taste of the NFL’s Party With a Purpose takes place at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Cow Palace in Daly City with San Francisco rockers Third Eye Blind topping the bill. Visit tasteofthenfl.com for further information.
Those at the big game Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium will see British rockers Coldplay team up with Beyoncé and Bruno Mars for the halftime gig, which typically runs approximately 15 minutes. Even though it hasn’t happened, it won’t top Prince singing “Purple Rain” in the rain at Super Bowl XLI. It just can’t.
This is just a glimpse at the music festivities ahead of the Super Bowl. For more information on all of the Super Bowl 50-related entertainment and cultural events throughout the Bay leading up to the game, visit www.sfbaysuperbowl.com.Alicia Keys photo by José Goulão
Dave Matthews Band photo by Mike Greener/Daily Republic