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Super Bowl 53: Your guide to Atlanta concerts and parties

To successfully navigate what feels like approximately 7,392 concerts and music-related events leading up to – and after – Super Bowl 53, you would probably need three assistants and a personal driver.

Or a lot of rides on the MARTA card.

If you are people-averse, it’s advised to stay away from a several-miles-radius of downtown. But if you’re looking to party, the options are abundant.

Here’s some help.

THURSDAY, Jan. 31

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EA Sports Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest

Ludacris will be joined by a parade of his Atlanta “friends” including Ciara, 21 Savage, Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, Lil Jon, Metro Boomin and more. 9 p.m. $50-$500. State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive, Atlanta. superbowlmusicfest.com, ticketmaster.com.

Zac Brown Band

The country behemoths teamed with Pandora’s “LIVE” series for a show that is free and open to the public – if you RSVP’d and get there early enough for a spot in the building. 7 p.m. (doors open), 21 and older. evensi.us.

Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

The 20th annual event will be hosted by Rickey Smiley and features Lecrae, Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, the Winans and the Super Bowl Gospel NFL Players Choir. The show will tape live and air at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 on BET. 7:30 p.m. Sold out. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. superbowlgospel.com, ticketmaster.com.

Lil Baby and Gunna

The latest hitmaker from the Quality Control Music stable (home to Migos and Lil Yachty) will head over after his State Farm Arena gig earlier in the night to perform with College Park native Gunna at the “Official Big Game Kickoff.” 10 p.m. $50-$200. Gold Room, West Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta. goldroomatlanta.com, eventbrite.com.

Yo Gotti, Bernice Burgos and Moneybagg Yo

Memphis’ Yo Gotti will bring his Collective Music Group artist Moneybagg Yo to the “Big Game Kick-Off” party, along with model Burgos. 10 p.m. $40-$100. Compound, 1008 Brady Ave. NW., Atlanta. agentertainment.com.

Gucci Mane

Fans wondering how the “Evil Genius” rapper might fit into pre-game concert plans can start here. 11 p.m. $75. 21 and older. Ravine, 1021 Peachtree St., Atlanta. ravineatl.com.

Aerosmith will bring some classic rock flair to Super Bowl week. (IBL/REX/Shutterstock)

FRIDAY, FEB. 1

Aerosmith and Post Malone

What seems to be an odd pairing makes a bit more sense when you remember that the veteran rockers and the “Psycho” rapper-singer performed together at last year’s MTV Music Awards. 9 p.m. $125-$375. State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive, Atlanta. statefarmarena.com, superbowlmusicfest.com.

Shaq’s Fun House

The towering basketball legend and NBA analyst has long engaged with his alter ego, DJ Diesel. Now Shaq wants to expand the frivolity with a carnival featuring Migos, Lil Jon, Tiësto and T-Pain, along with Cirque du Soleil acrobats, fire breathers, food, and yes, a DJ set from the man himself. 9 p.m. $399.99 and up. 21 and older. Live! at the Battery. 825 Battery Ave. SE. Suite 600, Atlanta. tixr.com.

Tiësto

It will be a busy night for the man regarded by many as the “godfather of EDM,” as he shares his time between Shaq’s funfest and his own DJ set. 11 p.m. $150. Ravine, 1021 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. ravineatl.com.

Leather & Laces

Mr. “Good Feeling” himself, Flo Rida, will host the 16th annual event and will be joined by Atlanta-based mega-producer Dallas Austin for a DJ set. 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $325. Believe, 181 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. irispresents.com.

Diplo

Just try to keep all of the L.A. – based DJ’s work straight – he’s a member of Major Lazer, shares the supergroup LSD with Sia and Labrinth and, with producer Mark Ronson, comprises Silk City. 10 p.m. $109-$199. District Atlanta, 269 Armour Drive NE, Atlanta. eventbrite.com.

Meek Mill and Fabolous

The “Big Game Takeover” will spotlight Philly legend Meek and Brooklyn’s Fabolous, who last summer released the single, “Ooh Yeah.” 10 p.m. $50-$200. Gold Room, West Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta. goldroomatlanta.com, eventbrite.com.

Jeezy and Future

The “Official Big Game Takeover” features two of Atlanta’s most successful rap products sharing a bill. 10 p.m. $50-$200. Compound, 1008 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta. agentertainment.com

21 Savage

The young rapper from DeKalb Country recently hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with his second album, “I Am > I Was.” 9 p.m. $50-$100. Mansion Elan, 3595 Clairmont Road, Atlanta. themansionelan.com.

Dave Grohl will lead the Foo Fighters through the DirecTV Super Saturday Night concert. (Photo by (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)) (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

SATURDAY FEB. 2

Martina McBride

The country chanteuse will provide the entertainment for the Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose. 7 p.m. $700 for single tickets, VIP tables for $10,000. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. tasteofthenfl.com.

Foo Fighters and Run the Jewels

The energetic rockers and the rap duo that includes Atlanta’s Killer Mike have been tapped as the ambassadors of DirecTV’s Super Saturday Night. The concert will also stream online starting at 10:30 p.m. on Twitter or on DirecTV Audience Network Channel 239 or DirecTV Now. 10 p.m. Sold out. 21 and older. Atlantic Station, 241 20th St. NW, Atlanta. atlanticstation.com.

Bruno Mars and Cardi B

The ultimate showman and the current spitfire of rap will close out the Super Bowl Music Fest. 9 p.m. $200-$1,100. State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive, Atlanta. superbowlmusicfest.com, ticketmaster.com.

Sports Illustrated Saturday Night Lights

Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne will party and puff it up with DJ Irie and Dallas Austin. 9 p.m. Tickets start at $500. 21 and older. College Football Hall of Fame, 250 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. fanhospitality.com.

Trey Songz and Jeezy

Jeezy makes the rounds again, this time with Virginia singer-rapper Trey Songz, who released his seventh studio album, “Tremaine,” in 2017. 10 p.m. $50-$200. Gold Room, West Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta. goldroomatlanta.com, eventbrite.com.

Cardi B and Meek Mill

The “I Like It” star will head here after her performance with Bruno Mars, this time teaming up with Mr. “Dangerous.” 10 p.m. $50-$200. Compound, 1008 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta. agentertainment.com.

Lil Baby

The 24-year-old Atlantan has been a frequent presence on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Drip Too Hard” and “Yes Indeed.” Migos will host the event. 9 p.m. $50-$200. Mansion Elan, 3595 Clairmont Road, Atlanta. themansionelan.com.

Kaskade

The DJ/EDM producer has been nominated for six Grammys throughout his career, which started in 2003. 11 p.m. $125. 21 and older. Ravine, 1021 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. ravineatl.com.

Expect to see plenty of Snopp Dogg during Super Bowl week.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

SUNDAY, Feb. 3

Maxim Pre-Game Experience

Snoop Dogg is back (as DJ Snoopadelic), and he’s hanging out with Deion Sanders for several hours before kickoff. Noon. Tickets start at $399. 21 and older. STATS, 300 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta.

Future

The “Big Game Grand Finale” will take place under the direction of the “Jumpman.” 10 p.m. $50-$200. Gold Room, West Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta. goldroomatlanta.com, eventbrite.com.

Super Bowl Grand Finale

It’s also being dubbed the “ATL Super Bowl Takeover,” which makes sense with a lineup including Migos, Lil Baby, Gucci Mane and Pierre “Pee” Thomas. 10 p.m. $50-$200. Compound, 1008 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta. agentertainment.com

Cardi B

Another in the “finale” segment of shows after the game, Cardi B will make this one a wrap. 9 p.m. $100-$500. Mansion Elan, 3595 Clairmont Road, Atlanta. themansionelan.com.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.  

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