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article imageMusician Alicia Keys announces free SF concert before Super Bowl

By Nathan Salant     Jan 9, 2016 in Entertainment
San Francisco - American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys will headline a free concert on the San Francisco waterfront the night before Super Bowl 50.
Keys, a major star since the release of her debut album, "Songs in A Minor," in 2001, is scheduled to perform Feb. 6 on a stage being built at a new park just off the waterfront near the Ferry Building and the Embarcadero Center towers.
The show, sponsored by Levi Strauss & Co., is being billed as free and open to everyone in the buildup to the Feb. 7 Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, 44 miles south of San Francisco.
The pregame buildup also is expected to include concerts by Pharrell and the Dave Matthews Band at Pier 70 and by Metallica at AT&T Park in the week before the game.
San Francisco's iconic Ferry Building, a survivor of the 1906 earthquake that leveled most of the city, has been outfitted with a giant "50" in anticipation of the game, the 50th annual National Football League championship match.
The lighted "50" can be seen every day by the tens of thousands who arrive in San Francisco by ferry and by car or bus over the Bay Bridge from the East Bay.
Super Bowl officials also have unveiled a group of sculptures with the number "50" that are being displayed around the Bay Area, including in the plaza in front of San Francisco City Hall.
The sculptures feature replicas of Super Bowl rings with giant gold numbers to commemorate the significance of the game, according to Keith Bruce, CEO of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.
“These fifties will help celebrate the history of the Super Bowl,” Bruce said at the unveiling ceremony.
“Future 50’s might showcase game day footballs, tickets, and confetti trophies,” he said.
R&B star Keys. a 15-time Grammy Award winner, is expected to release her sixth studio album in early 2016.
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