OK, now that I have confirmed that the two teams I thought were playing really are the correct ones playing in the Superbowl this weekend, I can get on with my column.
Many of you have not missed a game on Sunday, Monday, Thursday or Saturday of the entire season. You have lived, breathed and consumed football. You've been there for every party and every disappointment. On game day or night you have been glued to your television, breaking away only for the commercials.
As a matter of fact, you have managed to do more during a commercial break than most people do all day. And, you will be glued to your television once again for the best game of them all! Right?
Again, for the record, I am not much of a football fan and I did not watch a lot of it during the season. I have, however, watched a ton of commercials. Which pretty much means that come Superbowl Sunday, I will be looking forward to the best commercials ever...seriously.
Superbowl Sunday commercials, it seems, are the most entertaining and most creative ones ever made. This is done mostly because there is a very large audience tuning in...those who love the game and those who love the commercials. No doubt we will be in for a lot of surprises, and I will be conspicuously positioned near the television. I might actually stick around for some of the game too.
Can you believe that there are actually other things happening in the month of February besides football?
Here's just a few of them:
Will Downing & Lalah Hathaway
For those of you who will be extending Valentine's Day through the weekend, here is one you'd probably want to put on your list. It's gonna be a night of love as crooner Will Downing and Donnie's baby girl, Lalah Hathaway, make their way back to Memphis for a great show.
Also in the lineup is my good friend and Memphis' own, Karen Brown. The show goes down on Feb. 17 at the Cannon Center. You can get tickets at the Cannon Center Box Office or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.
Willie Clayton at the Fitz
Legendary Soul Man Willie Clayton is coming to the Fitz Casino and Hotel on Feb. 23 for one big show. You know his hits, "Boom Boom Boom," "Be with Me" and "We Both Grown," right? He is gonna be performing those and many more. Tickets are $25 general admission and $30 reserved. There's also a concert package available that includes a room, breakfast buffets, as well as tickets. You can get your tickets by contacting the Fitz Gift Shop or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.
Alicia Keys at the Landers Center
This Girl is on fire! Alicia Keys proves that with her latest hits "Girl on Fire" and "Brand New Me." Hear those and more when she makes her way to the Mid-South on March 27 at the Landers Center for the "Set the World on Fire Tour." Miguel will be joining her. Tickets are on sale starting Friday (Feb. 1). You can get your tickets from the Landers Center Box Office or Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Black History Month
February is Black History Month and as usual there's a lot going on. Believe it or not, history is still being made. I will share those things with you on next week. In the meantime, be sure to check out the Stax Music Academy Black History Month Musical, with gospel icons The Rance Allen Group.
In this story, the Stax Music Academy marries the ideas of blues and gospel traditions in paying homage to the gospel legends that were spawned out of the Soulsville community. The show is gonna be held on Feb. 5t at the Cannon Center at 7:30. Tickets are $10 and $20 for special seating. Go to staxmuseum.com for more information.
Until then, that's what's happening!