Jim Harbaugh and his 49ers arrived in town Sunday evening while John Harbaugh and his Ravens arrive Monday afternoon. This isn’t the first time the brothers will face one another as both teams were the Thanksgiving night game last season with Baltimore beating visiting San Francisco 16-6.
The 49ers were led then by quarterback Alex Smith who had a game to forget as he was sacked nine times to snap an eight-game San Fran winning streak at the time. Colin Kaepernick is now under center and both the 49ers and Ravens offense has grown since the 2011 meeting.
San Francisco will practice all week at the Saints training facility while the Ravens will call Greer Field at Turchin Stadium home. Tulane’s baseball stadium has been re-striped to a football field in the outfield from left to right.
It's about to get real busy, you guys. The flurry of activity downtown and the constant blog entries, tweets and carrier pigeons are there to remind you there's a Super Bowl storm a'comin'. Music venues and bands are working in OT, and while you're downtown throwing yourself into the heart of the sun (or actively avoiding it), there's plenty to check out — you can peruse our comprehensive music calendar.
I've rounded up a chunk of upcoming gigs (excluding invite-only red herrings hosted by corporate sponsors). Here you go:
Saturday, Jan. 26:
Katey Red, Cheeky Blakk, Magnolia Rhome and others, 10 p.m.
Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855
Bounce artists and DJs hit Siberia for a South by Southwest fundraiser and subsequently all-nighter bounce party. Admission $10.
Art Neville's 75th birthday celebration, 10 p.m.
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477
Charles and Cyril join Ivan and Ian for a massive Neville family reunion of sorts. Tickets $45.
Sunday, Jan. 27:
Super Bowl 47 is all set as it will be a battle of two teams led by the brothers Harbaugh Jim and John. Sunday’s NFL Conference Championships were won by a pair of teams that captured their moment of redemption.
San Francisco and Atlanta will vie to represent the NFC and Baltimore and New England will battle to represent the AFC. All four teams have played in the Super Bowl with Atlanta being the only team never to have won one.
San Francisco has appeared in five Super Bowls and won five NFL Championships -- the second most in NFL history -- with Pittsburgh being the team with the most titles: six. New England has played in seven Super Bowls and won three titles, all in the early 2000s. They won their first in 2001 here against the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI and then back to back in 2003-2004. Baltimore has played in one Super Bowl and won that game against the Giants. Atlanta also has played in only one Super Bowl and it came during the 1998 season where the team lost to Denver as John Elway finally won his first of two titles.
Before the big game kicks off Feb. 3, 14-time-Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" inside the Superdome.
This is Keys' third time singing at the game — in 2005, she sang “America the Beautiful” with students from the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind before Super Bowl XXXIX, and she performed at the Super Bowl XLII Pregame Show in Arizona in 2008 (below). She also performed with Jay-Z before game two of the 2008 World Series, performing the hit "Empire State of Mind."
Keys' latest album, last year's Girl On Fire, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Beyonce (and, supposedly, Destiny's Child, among others) will perform at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ranks pretty low among New Orleans Saints fans' favorite people. Literally. It's also part of the script of "the rivalry," and one that still simmers despite the regular season ending: Bountygate burned the Saints' playoff chances (and the chance to be the first team to play in its own Super Bowl host city), among other things, and Goodell is the bad guy. Tweets to @nflcommish aren't exactly inviting. Rivalries thrive in sports, but never so explicitly between a team and a person.
He'll arrive for Super Bowl XLVII in the coming weeks. Bars and restaurants haven't exactly rolled out their welcome mats. Finn McCool's Irish Pub and Parkview Tavern in Mid-City have posted dartboards bearing Goodell's likeness. Then there's "Go to Hell, Goodell." Some banned him outright.
At a media luncheon hosted by the New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee announcing the latest preparations for Super Bowl XLVII, Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged New Orleans to be on its best behavior — not only is the Super Bowl the city's time in the spotlight, and a time to show off its southern hospitality, but it also must prove it can do it again.
"It's a great joy and a blessing to have an opportunity to host this event," he told the crowd. "It's our time to shine, it's our time to tell our story. ... It's important to me that we do the thing we do better than anybody, which is be nice, and be hospitable. ... If Atlanta gets in the Super Bowl, I'm a struggle, but I promise you, I will be on my best behavior. ... Be gracious and wonderful hosts and show people the hospitality they deserve. This extends to Roger Goodell, too. I know everybody in the city is belly aching about the last year. But here's the thing: Roger Goodell has always been a friend to the City of New Orleans, and he and (former commissioner) Paul Tagliabue ... have worked really hard to make sure this stays here. ... Mind your P's and Q's."
Quint Davis today announced the lineup for Verizon Super Bowl Boulevard, a free four-day festival along the Mississippi River between Jackson Square and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The event features 49 bands on four stages, 12 parades and 17 restaurants serving 54 dishes. It kicks off Jan. 31 and ends Feb. 3.
Performers include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tab Benoit, Rebirth Brass Band, Amanda Shaw, Charmaine Neville, Bonerama, Papa Grows Funk, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, The Soul Rebels, Pine Leaf Boys, The Iguanas and dozens others plus, parades and second lines from social aid and pleasure clubs and Mardi Gras Indians. Visit the website for the full schedule.
The Super Bowl numerals (XLVII) will float on a 100-foot-long barge on the river, and the NFL Network, Chevron, and XBox will have interactive tents. The park will open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
"The mission (the Super Bowl Host Committee) gave us was to present the culture of New Orleans to the world," Davis said. "If you come here and don't have fun, you got off the wrong plane." Tomorrow, Davis will announce the lineup for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, city officials, and officials from Jefferson and St. Charles parishes, as well as the staff at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, unveiled the results of the airport's $300 million renovations at an announcement and ribbon cutting today. A crowd gathered at the foot of a stage in the airport's renovated lobby, while travelers dodged the crowds and cameras snapping at the dramatic makeover inside MSY.
Floating art pieces hung above welcome banners announcing Super Bowl XLVII, and new seats, restaurants, carpeting, and coats of paint shed the airport's notoriously drab past. (Read about the city's Super Bowl transportation and readiness in this week's Gambit.)
"This is going to be the largest Super Bowl platform in history," Landrieu said. "It's going to be very different in scope and intensity than the one we did post-Sept. 11."
Landrieu said the city, both in the public and private sectors, spent $1.2 billion on the region's Super Bowl prep, including $77.5 million on street and highway projects, $336 million at the Superdome, $93 million at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and an estimated $500 million among new restaurants, retailers and other private businesses. Landrieu also promised the readiness of the city's taxi fleet. "I have the scars to prove it," he said.
"The naysayers said it couldn't be done in time," Landrieu said. "Ladies and gentlemen, we're ready. We're Super Bowl ready."
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