More navigable roads. Warmer temperatures. A crazy-hot triple bill of Nelly, Ke$ha and Pitbull. All collided blissfully for the perfect storm of party madness Saturday night at the Bud Light Hotel in Dallas. (Actually a sprawling, 60,000-square foot tent in the parking lot of Aloft Hotel, which has been hosting Super Bowl parties all week long.)
Well before the Bud Light Hotel folks started letting people in, a seemingly endless line of people snaked around the block -- a far cry from Thursdays Bud Light Hotel shindig featuring The Fray and Lifehouse, which took a while to find its pulse.
Not so on Saturday. Hordes of people thronged in, the DJ held them in sway, and then announced that cameras would be panning the venue throughout the night for an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Rumors started swirling that Jamie Foxx would be dropping by (I never saw this materialize, but it doesnt mean the Terrell-bred superstar didnt show.)
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I did stumble upon my first celebrity of the night when I entered the VIP areas blue carpet. There was Donald Glover of NBCs Community -- bent over, back exposed -- getting a spray-on tramp stamp from the Bud Light Girls.
Turns out, Glover was there as Bud Lights correspondent for the evening. Glover recalled: They said: Hey, well pay for you to come to the Super Bowl and talk to people. And I was like: Make fun of stuff? Great!'
One of his faves of the night: Theres a dude walking around in a red sequined shirt, and I asked if I could talk to him [on camera], and he said no. Excuse me? If he doesnt want attention ... you dont get to come to a Bud Light party and wear a red sequined shirt and be like: I just wanna live my life!
Though Nelly was the evenings headliner, opening act Pitbull killed, turning the blissed out crowd into what felt like one big, rhythmic, Latin-flavored hip-hop conga line. He was chatty, too. He introduced one song with this head-shaking mixed message: I see a lot of sexy, beautiful, independent powerful women out there. And I know its cold out there, so I wanna invite you up to the hotel room. And the crowd goes wild as he launches into his hit Hotel Room Service.
Despite being vexed by some technical difficulties (I want you to say: Sound man, get yo sh*t right!), Pitbull and his band pulled off the performance of the night.
The glitter-face-painted Ke$ha and her wildly dressed posse were bursting with high-voltage energy through songs like Take it Off, Tick Tock and Party at a Rich Dudes House. At one point, she banged mercilessly on a cowbell; later, she beat the snot out of a cymbal on We R Who We R. And while some were swept up in the stage calisthenics, many others chose to depart for a beer break. (Two guys beside me argued over the extent of Ke$ha's talent. Said another guy nearby: I came all the way from Green Bay -- she better give me the time of day!)
By the time Nelly finally hit the stage after 1 a.m., the crowd had started to thin out considerably -- many navigating an obstacle course graveyard of blue Bud Light bottles on the floor. Still, he and his crew (which included his little brother), captivated the faithful with hits like Body On Me, Its Getting Hot in Herre, and his 2 a.m. closing number, Just a Dream.
Fortunately this night of dance-party abandon wasn't just a dream. So thank you, Mother Nature. Thank you Nelly, Ke$ha and Pitbull, for helping breathe more life into a struggling Super Bowl week.
The party at the Bud Light Hotel continues Sunday, with the "Texas Sized Tailgate" featuring Dierks Bentley and Jack Ingram (doors open at 2 p.m.).
Tickets for Sunday are available through various promotions including DFW radio stations 106.1 KISS FM and 100.3 JACK FM. For more information, visit Bud Light Hotel.
BUD LIGHT HOTEL 1033 YOUNG ST DALLAS TX 75202