Super Bowl Weekend Concert Round-Up: Bruno Mars Excites at Half-Time, Others Rock NYC

Bruno Mars Super Bowl Half Time Show

Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show.

With the big game being held in the big city, this year’s Super Bowl weekend activities became more of a spectacle than the game itself. New York City played host to countless VIP parties and special performances from some music’s biggest names. Jay ZRed Hot Chili PeppersFoo FightersDrake and the Black Keys were among the heavy-hitters headlining their own respective, corporate-sponsored, Super Bowl parties.

Best Live Performances From Super Bowl Weekend

Bruno Mars / RHCP at the Super Bowl

Bruno Mars‘ halftime spectacular was constantly referred to as the “Biggest Concert of the Year” throughout the Super Bowl broadcast. Though that billing is a bit lofty, Mars was able to deliver more excitement than the actual game could muster. Say what you will about his music, but this guy is one hell of a performer. The Red Hot Chili Peppers joined in with a performance of “Give It Away,” which was a surprisingly accurate description of the Broncos’ performance that evening.

Drake, French Montana and Diddy at ‘Revolt’ Party

Diddy‘s Revolt party featured performances from Drake, French Montana and Diddy himself. Drake delivered with crowd pleasers like “Worst Behavior” and “Started From the Bottom.” Other highlights from this party include Diddy launching into performances of “All About the Benjamins” and “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.”

Foo Fighters on Bud Light’s Cruise Liner

Dave Grohl is one of the last real American rockstars, and his band, Foo Fighters, never disappoint. The band has a new album coming out this year, and a headlining gig at Firefly Festival. If this performance aboard Bud Light’s monstrous cruise liner is any indication, the band is more than ready.

The Black Keys at Roseland Ballroom

The Black Keys played a show at Roseland Ballroom with Albert Hammond, Jr., and gave a surprise performance of “Lonely Boy” at Howard Stern’s 60th birthday party. The latter event became one of the more talked about events of the weekend, with a star-studded list of attendees. See The Black Keys’ performance below.

Dave Grohl and Slash for Howard Stern

Speaking of Howard Stern’s star-studded birthday party, the shock-jock legend was treated to a performance of “Walk This Way” by Steven Tyler, Dave Grohl and Slash.

Jay Z with Beyonce

It would not be a special event in New York City without Jay Z. The hip-hop juggernaut performed an 80-minute show that spanned most of his catalog. Toward the end of the set, Beyonce emerged on stage to perform “Drunk In Love.”

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Article by Jason Schellhardt

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