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Rihanna headlines bash

Rihanna, Fall Out Boy and Lifehouse will headline the first night of the NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Bash on Jan. 29, a Thursday, at the Ford Amphitheatre, the NFL announced Tuesday. Actor Jerry O'Connell is set to host day one of the concert, which will air live on VH1. On Friday, Enrique Iglesias and Belanova will headline the second night of the bash. That show will be taped and air Saturday, Jan. 31 on Telemundo. Tickets, which are on sale at, are priced at $20, $35 and $45.

Super agent planning a Super party

For more than two decades, sports uber-agent Leigh Steinberg has thrown one of the most lavish — and most exclusive — Super Bowl parties.

Steinberg's 23rd annual Super Bowl party will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at Lowry Park Zoo, organizers told the Times last week.

Jeremiah Donati, Steinberg's general counsel and director of special projects, said the agent's people had narrowed the field down to about a half-dozen venues, including Sunken Gardens, the USF Botanical Gardens and the Florida Aquarium.

In the end, the zoo was a perfect fit for the party, which, for the second straight year, will have an eco-friendly theme.

Last year in Arizona, organizers accepted recyclable electronics and rolled out a "green carpet" at the VIP entrance. They'll also be looking for a local environmental charity to be among the party's beneficiaries.

Other, less earth-centric highlights of last year's event included interactive games, a massage cabana and oxygen bar.

The event is players-only (as in players on the field, players off the field, and players in Hollywood). In 2001, the last time the game was in town, Steinberg's party was held at Busch Gardens. 'N Sync was among the guests.

That he keeps such company shouldn't come as a surprise — Steinberg, after all, was the inspiration for Jerry Maguire.

The guests keep coming

Two parties we recently told you about are starting to announce some invited guests.

Club 009, a game-day party in Tampa featuring former NFL players Jerry Rice and Jesse Palmer, is expecting people like Marcus Allen, Jim Brown, Tony Dorsett, Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana and Doug Williams. If that sounds like a killer guest list, remember, the party is being co-organized by former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo, whose semiannual DeBartolo Family Foundation All-Star Charity Galas regularly draw similar A-list guest lists. Get ticket info at

And the Circuit City Celebrity Flag Football Challenge, scheduled for Jan. 31 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, will feature a performance by Doug Flutie and the Flutie Brothers Band, with invited guests slated to include Clinton Portis, Julius Jones, Willis McGahee, Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and Tae Bo honcho Billy Blanks. For more information, visit

Get your gospel on

The 10th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will take place Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa. The only performers lined up thus far are Marvin Sapp, Mary Mary, Hezekiah Walker and the NFL Players All-Star Choir, which has featured players like Ray Lewis, Richard Seymour and Tommie Harris. But past guests include Gladys Knight, Kirk Franklin, Patti LaBelle and a host of NFL stars. Tickets are $25-$95 through Ticketmaster. For information, visit

More party tidbits

Derrick Brooks is already hosting a golf tournament during Super Bowl week — the Brooks & Dunn Inaugural Golf Classic with Warrick Dunn. Now he's added a fashion show to his plate. The Ebony Fashion Fair benefitting the Derrick Brooks Charities Youth Auxiliary Rites of Passage Program will take place at 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Tampa Theatre. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit

Not a lot is known on this so far, but actor Anthony Anderson is scheduled to host a charity golf tournament, Gathering on the Greens, on Jan. 30 at Fox Hollow Golf Club in New Port Richey. No other celebs have been announced, but the organizers are the same people putting together Jenny McCarthy's Aces for Autism blackjack tournament at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Jan. 31, and a spokeswoman said you might see some of the same stars at both events. More details are due in the next couple of weeks. Bookmark for updates.

The NFL will hold a party Jan. 31 for some of its corporate sponsors — not in Tampa, but in Orlando. The event, which is not open to the public, will take place at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. An NFL spokesman said the event, which takes place each year, is expected to draw 3,200 people — about 800 fewer than in years past.

Sheila Johnson, who has an ownership stake in the Washington Wizards and Capitals and is president of the Washington Mystics, is the keynote speaker at "Celebrating Successful Women in Sports and Business," a luncheon benefitting Tampa Youth Education Towns, at 10 a.m. Jan. 29 at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor. Tickets start at $125; get info at

Ruth Eckerd Hall is going old, old school for Super Bowl weekend. A day after hosting John Legend on Jan. 29, the venue will stage back-to-back shows by Melanie, the Woodstock vet who sang Brand New Key (as in, "I've got a brand-new pair of roller skates, you've got a …"). It's the first show in Ruth Eckerd's Murray Studio Theater concert series, which features a full bar and cabaret-style seating in a 170-seat venue. If you happen to be a fan of Melanie's — or just a fan of that scene with Dirk Diggler and Rollergirl in Boogie Nights — then tickets are $39.75, with a special four-pack available for $106.50. It's at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30-31. For details, see

Compiled by Jay Cridlin, [email protected]

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