Diddy, Kanye West, The Fugees and Snoop Dogg Descend on Detroit For Super Bowl
'Ye is getting an early start tonight (February 2), sharing the stage with rockers Nickleback and Goo Goo Dolls for the Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash at Detroit's State Theatre. Elsewhere, Juvenile will be hosting a party at the Bleu Room Experience.
Starting Friday (February 3), Diddy is partnering with Executive One to throw one the weekend's biggest bashes. For three days, The Captains Bar & Grille will officially be known as "Diddy's House." Previously able to accommodate 700 patrons, the venue has now been redesigned to hold up to 2,500 Super Bowl party-goers. Diddy's House will also provide a continuous shuttle service for party goers to travel back and forth from its location.
On Friday, Diddy's House will hold A Black Affair hosted by Young Jeezy. The event will also feature a performance by Bun B. Diddy's House will present Diddy's Fifth Annual Players Ball on Saturday and hold Diddy's Diamonds & Furs soiree on Sunday. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is set to host the Furs event and is expected to give away a mink coat to one lucky partygoer.
Part of the revenues from Diddy's three-day event will be donated to Detroit's St. JohnsHospital and the Coalition of Temporary Shelter. Diddy and Executive One will also award a MackenzieHigh School student with a scholarship.
Also holding festivities on consecutive nights, Snoop is set to headline the Bud Bowl 2006 at Tiger Stadium on Friday and Saturday. The show is slated to take place prior to Detroit's professional football championship.
Meanwhile, The Fugees are set to hit the stage at Clutch Cargo on Friday. Kanye, John Legend and the D's own Slum Village will join the trio on the bill. The Diddy will momentarily step away from his own house to host the $200-per person Cashmere Party at Elysium Lounge. Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and actor Terry Crews ("Everybody Hates Chris") are scheduled to make appearances. Fergie of Black Eyed Peas will team up with Ja Rule to host the 10 Party at the Bleu Experience Room. Lastly, Mannie Fresh and Doug E. Fresh are set to appear at Detroit's Main Event at Hoop City Grille. The soiree is hosted by former Detroit Lions Larry Tharpe, Barry Sanders and Lomas Brown will stop by. Finally, a mix of dirty south, east coast and Midwestern artists are set to take the stage for the "Rap Bowl" concert. Ludacris, Twista, Juelz Santana and Juvenile are all expected to take stage at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
More parties and concerts are scheduled to take place on Saturday. Legend will be at it again as he joins Jamie Foxx, Nelly and legendary acts such as Four Tops, the Miracles and Martha Reeves for Motown's Music Fest at the MasonicTemple.
Superstars are also scheduled to come out for game day Sunday. Kanye, Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones will take the stage at Detroit's Ford Field at halftime of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks game. While the Stones will headline the show, Wonder is slated to team up with new generation soul singers such as Legend, Joss Stone and India. Arie for his set.
For those who don't have tickets to the big game, Eminem's Shady Records will host a Super Bowl fiesta at State Theatre on game day. Shady artists Obie Trice and Stat Quo will be on hand while Biz Markie will spin at the event. It is uncertain whether Em will make an appearance. Meanwhile, Em's labelmate Busta Rhymes will hit the Bleu Room Experience to celebrate the release of his CD, The Big Bang.
While hip-hop seems to have Detroit Rock City on lock this weekend, some parties will not be going off as planned. Earlier this month, SOHH.com reported that a Super Bowl weekend party hosted by Jay-Z was denied across to the Detroit Public Library. MMG concert promoter Demetrius Carrington said library officials were "scared because of the scope of the event."
Super Bowl XL will kick-off Sunday, February 5 at 6pm on ABC.