BY JOE MARVILLI
Although Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the official performers for Super Bowl XLVIII, Queens College will get its own musical guest as J. Cole will hold a concert at the school.
With the divisional playoffs decided, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are gearing up to visit MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Home to the New York Giants and Jets, the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 has New York abuzz, with celebrations and events being held at bars and venues across the City. In Queens, rapper and St. John’s University graduate J. Cole will appear at Queens College on Jan. 27 as part of the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz.
One of six events to be held and broadcast live by VH1, the concert will take place in Colden Auditorium from 11 p.m. to midnight. The doors will open at 9:30 p.m. Besides the headliner, attendees will also hear from the show’s hosts, Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler.
“VH1’s Super Bowl Blitz with J. Cole is going to be a fun night with a Grammy nominated artist, nationally televised on VH1,” Ninell Silberberg, associate director of marketing at the Kupferberg Center, said. “It will give students another reason to be proud to be part of the QC community.”
Raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, J. Cole first received recognition as a hip hop artist with his mixtape “The Come Up.” Soon after, he got in touch with Jay-Z, who signed him to his Roc Nation music label. From there, he released his debut album, “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” in Sept. 2011.
The album’s release was part of a successful year for J. Cole. Its lead single, “Work Out,” peaked at 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and hit number three on the U.S. Hot Rap Songs chart. The record itself went to the top of the Billboard 200 and has been certified gold since then. In June 2013, Cole released his second album, “Born Sinner.”
When it comes to awards, J. Cole was nominated for Best New Artist in 2012, losing to Bon Iver and is up for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Power Trip” this year.
The VH1 Super Bowl Blitz will also hold concerts in every other borough in the City, as well as one show in New Jersey. R&B and soul musician Janelle Monáe will play in The Bronx on Jan. 28, rock band Fall Out Boy will perform in Brooklyn on Jan. 29, TLC will appear in Manhattan on Jan. 30, the Goo Goo Dolls will play in Staten Island on Jan. 31 and singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw will perform in New Jersey on Feb. 1.
The concerts will also be streamed live in the VH1 App, made available on-demand in the app and at SuperBowl.VH1.com the day after each live concert.
Tickets for the concert cost $37.50. To purchase tickets, visit http://kupferbergcenter.org/events/vh1-super-bowl-blitz or call (718) 793-8080.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.