Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons is going down Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Big Game is the culmination of the festivities set to take place in and around H-Town, as athletes and celebrities of all stripes make their way to the Texas metropolis for a week of partying.
And what’s a party without music? Like previous years, the lead up to Super Bowl LI will feature performances and appearances from some of the biggest names in music. That’s to say nothing of Lady Gaga’s highly anticipated halftime show at the Super Bowl, which opens with country star Luke Bryan singing the National Anthem.
To get you prepped for the biggest sporting event of the year, here’s your guide to some of the artists to look out for in Houston during Super Bowl week. Click the artist’s name to browse tickets on AXS.com.
Super Bowl LIVE
This free event, presented by Verizon, will feature daily performances from music stars all over the map. Highlights include performances from Ryan Bingham, Solange, Robert Glasper Experiment, Leon Bridges, Shakey Graves, Gary Clark Jr. and ZZ Top. Click here for a full list of performers, along with dates and times.
EA SPORTS Bowl
As you probably guessed, the EA SPORTS Bowl will feature athletes facing off in a video game competition, all wrapped inside one of the best parties of the week. The fun kicks off on Thursday with the pop EDM of The Chainsmokers and the genre-bending country of Sam Hunt. It all goes down at the “pop-up venue” Club Nomadic, 2121 Edwards St. Click here for tickets.
Official Super Bowl Party “Planet New Era”
On the positive side, this looks to be one of the best music events of the week, as Houston’s own rap legend Bun B hosts a party with performances from 2 Chainz, Migos, Trey Smith and Lil Uzi Vert. The bad news: It’s invite only, so you’re only getting in if you are cool and/ or good-looking. If not, try to bribe the bouncer Friday night at Vrsi, 820 Holman St.
DraftKings Antonio Brown Celebrity Super Slam Basketball Game
DJ Khaled and Snoop Dogg (fresh off his DJ set at the NHL All-Star Game) are among the celebrities participating in this all-star charity basketball game, hosted by Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown. The event goes down Friday from 6pm-9pm at the Joe K. Butler Sports complex at 13755 Main St. Click here for tickets.
Art After Dark
The second of three major events at Club Nomadic, Bruno Mars will headline this event sponsored by the new Pepsi bottled water brand LIFEWTR. DJ Khaled is also scheduled to play. Get your tickets here.
Rolling Stone Live
As a party sponsored by a music magazine, you can bet the big names will be in attendance at this annual bash. Nas, Diplo, Big Sean and DJ Cassidy are slated for this year’s event, which goes down Friday night at the Museum of Fine Arts. Get full details here.
Due to its exclusivity, the Playboy Party was once considered the crown jewel of all Super Bowl week parties. Like the magazine, it may have lost a bit of its luster, but at least plebs like you and I can finally go if we’re willing to drop the cash. Flo Rida is the headliner, grab your tickets for the Saturday night event at Spire (1720 Main St.) by clicking here.
DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night
And finally, we get to perhaps the biggest event of the week, DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night. Anytime you can get Taylor Swift to play your show, you’re doing something right. This is the final event at Club Nomadic and since it’s Taylor F-ing Swift, tickets will be just about impossible to come by. There should be plenty of cell phone footage on Sunday morning, however.
Keep it here on AXS.com for more coverage of Super Bowl LI from Houston.