Kevin Costner is a popular guy around Tampa Bay. He's a regular at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in Lutz, and last fall, his band, Modern West, composed a rah-rah jingle for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Now he's plotting his own Super Bowl party in Tampa.
Costner and Michael Strahan will host this year's Saturday Night Spectacular at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Pepin Hospitality Centre. The event will feature a performance by the avant-garde circus Circue USA; Starship Supergroup, a classic-rock supergroup composed of members of Jefferson Starship, Toto, Survivor and the Dazz Band; and, yes, Costner and Modern West (in case you just can't get enough of Rays jam It's All Up To You).
The charity listed as a beneficiary of the event is named for Matthew Tryson Bryant, Bucs kicker Matt Bryant's 3-month-old son who died suddenly in September. (The charity is still in the works.)
Individual tickets to the party are $875. For more info, visit saturdaynightspectacular.com.
For the past few months, the rumor mill had John Travolta, not Costner, hosting this event, as he did last year in Arizona and the year before in Miami. A cached version of the 2009 Saturday Night Spectacular Web site found through Google featured a "Host biography" of Travolta (a publicist for the party said that page was outdated), and in November, Survivor's Jimi Jamison listed the gig on his Web site as a John Travolta Super Bowl party.
But following last week's death of Travolta's son, Jett, it's tough to imagine the actor making the rounds at all during this year's game. He was also due to appear at a 15th-anniversary screening of Pulp Fiction on Jan. 29 in St. Pete, but organizers said that event has been postponed indefinitely.
Plies plots 'Plies Week'
To celebrate the Super Bowl, rapper and Tampa resident Plies will host a week's worth of events — aptly titled Plies Week — from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1.
Besides being a huge football fan, Plies played the sport at Fort Myers High and attended Miami of Ohio on a football scholarship. The Super Bowl week events range from family-friendly (a car show Jan. 31 in North Tampa) to grown-'n-sexy (a "Stripper Olympics" on Jan. 26, a "Models and Bottles Party" on Jan. 28).
"All of these events are going to touch on all the different sides of Plies ... different aspects of his music," says Ivy Box, a representative of the artist's Big Gates Records.
Plies will appear briefly at each event, but he's not guaranteed to perform. Tickets for all events will be sold separately; they'll be available at ticketmaster.com and at the door (prices range from free to $50). All events will be in Tampa. Get details at (813) 850-7847, pliesweek.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnny Drama at Hard Rock
Kevin Dillon, a.k.a. Johnny Drama on Entourage, will host a star-studded late-night bash titled Revolution from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Jan. 30 at Floyd's in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. Among the scheduled attendees: Khloe Kardashian, Vida Guerra, Soul Food's Boris Kodjoe, and Playmate and DJ Colleen Shannon. Pre-sale tickets are $125 through Ticketmaster. For more info, call (813) 627-7625 or visit revolutiontampa.com.
DJ AM, Hef's exes at Aja
Last week we told you Pamela Anderson and Simeon Rice would be hosting a party Jan. 31 at so-new-it's-not-even-open Channelside nightclub Aja. This week, the club announced two more big parties.
On Jan. 29, Aja will stage a superstar DJ show pairing DJ Jazzy Jeff with DJ AM. Tickets are $50, making this a pretty decent deal, relatively speaking, for a Super Bowl party. (It's also a good chance to see DJ AM, who's providing the tunes for the Maxim Party on Jan. 30 at the Ritz Ybor.)
Jan. 30 brings "Friday Night Blitz," co-hosted by former Hugh Hefner girlfriends Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson of The Girl Next Door, and featuring appearances by a slew of NFL players, including the Bucs' Alex Smith and the Redskins' Deangelo Hall. Tickets are $300.
Check out ajachannelside.com/ superbowl for more details on these or the Pam Anderson party. You can also check out Aja's grand opening party at 9 p.m. Jan. 16; tickets are $20 at ajachannelside.com.
Wanted: Snoop Bowl stars
Snoop Dogg is looking for local players for the Snoop Bowl, his annual youth football game during Super Bowl weekend. Tryouts for 10-, 11- and 12-year-old players start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Gaither High School, 16200 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. All participants must have been 10 or 11 years old on Aug. 1, 2008; must be accompanied by a parent or guardian; and must have copies of a birth certificate, report card and photo. The maximum weight is 125 pounds for 10-year-olds and 115 pounds for 11-year-olds. The tryouts are free and non-contact, though you must bring cleats and workout clothes. Former Buc Mike Alstott, a coach in the game, will be on hand. For details and a registration form, visit capture-events.com.
More party tidbits
• Following his concert Jan. 29 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, John Legend will appear at an after party at Temple (formerly Spurs and Inferno), 1915 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City. DJ Christion, DJ Smallz and DJ Kirky-C will be there. Tickets are $40 in advance; call (813) 363-0284 or (813) 389-0441 for details.
• NightMoves magazine, the area's literary authority on the adult entertainment business, is hosting a Super Kick-Off Party on Jan. 28 at Flo Lounge in Clearwater. The first 50 paid admission guests will receive a free adult movie. The party includes hourly giveways from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and an Itsy Bitsy Teamy Bikini Contest for girls who show up in their favorite team's logo and colors. Admission is $35 in advance or $50 at the door. Call (813) 814-1505.
• Hoobastank will perform a free concert Jan. 30 at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Miller Lite and 97X are sponsoring the free show, but you do need a ticket to attend. Ticket info will be available soon at lastfridayconcerts.com and 97xonline.com.
Contributing: Jay Cridlin, Dalia Colon, Susan Thurston