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A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The weekend kicks off with a slew of parties and performances as Arizona awaits the arrival of Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay, Rihanna, Drake, Usher, Charli XCX, Michael Strahan, Steven Tyler, Chris Evans, Maria Menounos, Michael Chiklis and more for a party-packed, star-studded, Patriots and Seahawks showdown.
The Hollywood Reporter rounds up the weekend’s festivities. Chiklis, a Boston native and loyal Pats fanatic, tells The Hollywood Reporter which party he plans on attending, saying, “Any and all of them! I’m going with my wife and some close friends and we’re going there to let our — or rather, their hair down!”
FRIDAY, JAN. 30
Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Pendergast Family Farm in Glendale as Young the Giant, Imagine Dragons, Snoop Dogg, and Ingrid Michaelson and American Authors perform.
VH1 + Papa John’s Super Bowl Blitz
Charli XCX and Fall Out Boy will perform at this salute to the troops, hosted by Nick Lachey, at the Luke Air Force Base in Glendale. Fall Out Boy will perform their new single “Centuries” while Charli XCX will perform her chart-toppers “Boom Clap” and “Break the Rules.” The concert will stream live on VH1.com and the VH1 app.
ESPN The Party
Charli XCX takes the stage again, opening for J. Cole at Westworld in Scottsdale. The 11th annual bash designed by Tony Schubert of Event Eleven re-creates a hip, indoor desert retreat. The 100,000-square-foot equestrian center includes a 30-foot-tall hand-carved rock wall, rock gardens and a floating staircase. Imagine Dragons will be in attendance keeping fans updated as they take over @ESPNMag’s twitter handle, while Ciroc Vodka presents curated cocktails like “The Kickoff” and “The Double Header.” Game on.
12th Annual Leather & Laces
Models Lily Aldridge and Behati Prinsloo host Friday, with Erin Heatherton and Adriana Lima stepping in Saturday. Performances by Cirque de Soleil, and Gabe Saporta and Victoria Asher of Cobra Starship.
For all the club crawlers …
Drake hosts the pop-up (produced by John Terzian and the h.wood Group) at the W Scottsdale with beats by DJ Brody Jenner.
Doors open at 9 p.m. with a night of performances by Wiz Khalifa in Scottsdale.
CAKE & TAO Takeover
At Cake nightclub in Scottsdale, TAO is taking over for a string of parties all weekend long. Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio hosts a bash on Friday night in partnership with VO|CO Vodka Coconut Water.
SATURDAY, JAN. 31
The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard’s Pre Game Party
Hosted by Usher with music from Jermaine Dupri the exclusive invite-only soiree starts at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Jet Center, North Hangar, in Scottsdale. In attendance will be John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen, Gavin DeGraw, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, and more.
Big Game Big Give
Patriots fans Mark Wahlberg and Michael Bay, invite guests to the private home of Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams. The fundraiser is to benefit The Giving Back Fund, Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix.
Crazed Pats fan Maria Menounos co-emcees the fundraiser and tells THR she’ll be wearing the same outfit she wore to Chris Evans’ past two viewing parties, where the Patriots took out the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts. “I literally had to retrace my steps down to what underwear I was wearing. Chris looked at me when we won and he’s like, ‘You know you have to wear this outfit again to the Super Bowl, right? So begrudgingly I will be wearing the same outfit again. I’ll do anything to help the Patriots win.” Other guests slated to attend the event include Jerry Bruckheimer, AnnaLynne McCord and Ryan Lindley.
DirecTV Super Saturday Night
The invitation-only bash hosted by Michael Strahan and Mark Cuban will see Rihanna take the stage at the Pendergast Family Farm in Glendale. Cuban poked fun at the Deflategate scandal, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “I think the Seahawks will deflate the Pats and win 22-20.” On game day, former Kansas City Chief and Atlanta Falcon Tony Gonzalez (rooting for the Patriots) and Chrissy Teigen, hoping for a Seahawks deja vu, will host DirecTV’s tailgate.
Rolling Stone Party
At the Venue in Scottsdale, Steven Tyler will perform as Charli XCX continues her stage hop, performing once again. The party starts at 9 p.m.
Maxim’s Super Bowl Party
Nick Cannon hosts the night with Ludacris expected to perform at the Scottsdale Municipal Airport Hangar.
GAME DAY IN L.A., FEB. 1
The Fulfillment Fund
On game day, Feb 1., Dr. Gary Gitnick and wife Cherna, co-founders of the L.A.-based college-access nonprofit The Fulfillment Fund, will host their annual Super Bowl bash at their Encino home. The couple has hosted the party for over 20 years. In attendance will be Peter Tilden, Sandy Climan, Christine Devine, Frank Mottek and David Crosby.
To avoid the usually outrageous long line at the Santa Monica spot, book a table and get ready for the parking lot pig roast. Starting at 2 p.m. Los Angeles transplant fans of both teams can gather round the decked-out bar full of flat screens for the Patriots vs. Seahawks battle.
Good luck waking up on Monday everybody …
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