Contemporary urban stars Nelly, John Legend and Jamie Foxx will appear alongside a host of Motown legends at Motown Music Fest, to be held Feb. 4 at Detroit's Masonic Temple, the day before the Nation
Contemporary urban stars Nelly, John Legend and Jamie Foxx will appear alongside a host of Motown legends at Motown Music Fest, to be held Feb. 4 at Detroit's Masonic Temple, the day before the National Football League's Super Bowl XL.
Among the Motown acts set to perform at the event are the Four Tops, the Miracles, the Contours, the Dramatics, the Former Ladies of the Supremes, Freda Payne, Brenda Holloway, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, the Velvelettes and Paul Hill. The house band will feature members of Motown's legendary Funk Brothers.
Two separate shows will be held on Feb. 4; tickets range from $93 to $1,000 and are available through Ticketmaster. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Detroit's Kronk Recreation Center. The night before, Masonic Temple will host the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, featuring Patti LaBelle, the Clark Sisters, Mary Mary and Hezekiah Walker.
As previously reported, a number of other high-profile music events are on tap in conjunction with the Super Bowl at Detroit's Ford Field. As part of Bud Bowl, Snoop Dogg and 3 Doors Down will perform Feb. 3-4 at Club 1620, a specially created climate-controlled staging area inside the Motor City's open-air Tiger Stadium.
On the day of the game, Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville will perform the National Anthem, backed by pianist Dr. John. John Legend and Joss Stone will join Stevie Wonder on stage at the pre-game show, while the Rolling Stones will play at halftime.
"The network is worried what we're going to do," Stones frontman Mick Jagger said from the stage last night (Jan. 18) at New York's Madison Square Garden. "[So] I'm going to show both my t***," he added, referring to Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 halftime show.