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Vibe Super Bowl party brings the T-Pain

Last week we told you about Diamonds and Pearls, a gala organized by professional sports wives that was the first in a three-night series of parties dubbed SuperLX.

It's looking like the second night of SuperLX will be even bigger. Organizers are partnering with Vibe magazine and T-Pain for a party called "T-Pain's Thr33 Ring Circus."

"We think it's a great marriage between T-Pain and Vibe. He puts on an amazing show," said Olivia Scott-Perkins, the magazine's associate publisher for marketing. "We're really happy that we're able to bring this type of party to the Super Bowl. No other urban brand is there, so we're pleased to be the first that we know of to have a party on this stage."

It makes sense that T-Pain would be hosting his own Super Bowl party, considering the Tallahassee hitmaker is one of Florida's biggest music superstars. But as he recently told tbt*: "I don't even want people to think about me being from Florida. ... When people know that that's where you're from, that's all they expect of you."

All we expect of T-Pain is that he bring the party. And we have no doubt that he will.

SuperLX will wrap up Sunday with a disco-themed "Studio 43" party starring hip-hop entrepreneur and scenester Kenny Burns, the event's weekend-long host. It'll begin right after the game.

Both parties (as well as Diamonds and Pearls) will take place in Ybor City's old Good Luck Cafe building (1910 E Seventh Ave.), which is reinventing itself as the GLC Entertainment Complex. Log on to or for updates on ticket info.

It's Super Bowl ... Monday?

The Monday after the Super Bowl is usually one of the biggest hangover days of the year. Not this year, though.

On Monday, Feb. 2, you can sign up for one final celebrity-laden fling at the Super Bowl Celebrity Golf Tournament at The Eagles Golf Club in Odessa, where notables like Tony Dungy, Doug Williams and Danny DeVito are listed as guests.

"For those who stay for the game and stay over on Monday, it's a great event that they'll be able to come to and enjoy," said tournament organizer David Tyler.

The event features a silent auction showcasing items signed by Tiger Woods, Sylvester Stallone, Don Shula and many more, and a raffle with prizes including an all-expenses-paid trip to the Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Registration is $175 per person or $700 per foursome, and the tournament is still looking for sponsors and volunteers. For info, visit

Boxers' parties square off

Winky Wright isn't the only local boxer plotting a Super Bowl party this January.

While Wright, Diddy and Deion Sanders host their Good Life Experience bash in Clearwater, Tampa's Antonio Tarver will co-host a two-day party called "Under The Veil" at the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry, alongside Nelly, Jermaine Dupri and the Bucs' Aqib Talib.

Reps for the event say Talib and Dupri are lined up to co-host the first night's bash on Jan. 30, while Tarver and Nelly will host the second night.

Tickets are $300 or $600 for VIP; call (813) 458-3832 or visit for details.

One Legend-ary concert

For celebrity spotting purposes, the hottest concert during Super Bowl week might not be Celine Dion or the Eagles at the St. Pete Times Forum. It might be John Legend at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Jan. 29.

The smooth soul man announced his tour with R&B up-and-comer Estelle and will stop in Clearwater the Thursday before the game. You can bet a number of NFL players and celebs will be in the house.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $46 to $66. Call (727) 791-7400 or visit for details.

Super Bowl stores open

Eagle-eyed shoppers may have noticed that several Super Bowl merchandise stores, featuring official Super Bowl XLIII logo merchandise, have opened up around town.

The locations: 204 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, (813) 288-9595; 4001 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, (813) 289-2626; 151 Second Ave. N (BayWalk), St. Petersburg, (727) 892-9955.

The stores are worth a look if you're thinking about picking up a Super Bowl souvenir for your friends or family this holiday — say, a mini logo helmet for $30, or a leather Super Bowl jacket for $250.

More party tidbits

• The BBQ-themed Super Tailgate Throwdown takes place Jan. 29-31 at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, with live music, car shows, eating contests, kid zones and more on all three days. They're still looking for volunteers and judges, so log on to for more info.

Dane Cook won't be the only star comic in town for Super Bowl weekend. Comic's comic Dom Irerra will be performing five shows at Side Splitters in Carrollwood on Jan. 30-31. Tickets are $16-$20.

Contributing: Jay Cridlin, Stephen Holder, tbt* files

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Vibe Super Bowl party brings the T-Pain 11/20/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 21, 2008 7:41pm]
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