Inaugural Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest Opening Night
Inaugural Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest
Words by: Dianna Augustine & Krs Englehart
Today is the Superbowl and every city is abuzz with excitement. This year there was an inaugural celebration of music and football stamped The Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest. Presenting partners were StubHub and Ticketmaster. Bud Light, the official beer sponsor of the NFL, hosted the celebration in Atlanta, GA at the State Farm Arena. The first night was a star-studded occasion and the right pump leading up to the big game!
The festival weekend included appearances from celebrities, athletes, social influencers and more on the blue carpet.
Blue Carpet – Day 1:
Hitting the blue carpet before the show – peep the gallery of some glitz, some glam, mucho fashionistas, and a whole lot of talent under one roof.
Performances included Ludacris, Migos, Metro Boomin, Lil Yachty, Lil Jon, Lil Baby, Ciara, T.I, Gucci Mane, Jermaine Dupri and 21 Savage
21 Savage: Atlanta showcased one of its hometown heroes with 21 Savage taking the stage after a nice set by one of his collaborators, Metro Boomin’. 2018 was a banner year for the young Atlanta rapper with his hottest album to date I AM>I Was hitting the charts and performances with the likes of Travis Scott and Post Malone, not to mention his Grammy nominations.
Amid a bevy of lasers and dancing lights, 21 Savage had the crowd popping from the start with “A Lot” of his latest project and a stellar live version of his biggest hit “Bank Account.” he even brought Metro Boomin’ back out on stage for a pretty fly rendition of “10 Freaky Girls.” His set was lit and shows exactly why 21 Savage is on his way up in a big way.
Ludacris: American rap royalty would headline the evening as Ludacris made his way on stage along with his infamous Big Head mascot as he kicked off the night with what else but “Welcome To Atlanta.” I mean, how could he not? DJ Infamous would keep the turntables spinning as Ludacris ran through some of his best known tracks “Area Codes” and “Pussy Poppin’” surrounded by a bevy of beautiful dancers who were shaking it all over the stage.
Throughout his set, he brought out a virtual who’s who list of top-notch performers to share the spotlight. As he announced that he was bringing out a friend, none other than Ciara came out and flawlessly performed all the choreography along with Ludacris as her long mane blew behind her. Of course, since this year’s festivities take place in Atlanta, what better way to cap off the night than by bringing up more local artists.
Shouting to the crowd that “it’s history in here tonight,” Ludacris welcomed both TI and Young Jeezy to finish out an amazing set that will be sure to go down in SuperBowl history.
What a fantastic way to start out this amazing, new music festival.
Other performances of the night:
The Main Event:
Super Bowl LIII
Patriots vs. Rams
Music will be prominent in the celebration even amongst so much controversy. Many artists turned down the halftime performance to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. We will be treated to the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight, who is doing the opening ceremonial singing of The National Anthem. The halftime show will feature Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Outkast’s Big Boi.
The show is today Sunday, Feb, 3rd. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET. It will be televised by CBS and streamed live right here. The stream will be offered through both CBSSports.com and CBS All Access.
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