The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl announced Thursday its plans for a second annual "Friday Night Concert" on Dec. 21, one night before the 11 a.m. bowl game.
UL football coach Mark Hudspeth constantly implores his team to "step up its game" when it's on the big stage. Apparently, the folks at the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl are following suit.
The bowl announced Thursday its plans for a second annual "Friday Night Concert" on Dec. 21, one night before the 11 a.m. bowl game, and the lineup for the free, open-to-the-public show includes an American institution and one of the classic rock era's most acclaimed bands.
The 5:30 p.m. show at Champion's Square adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will feature The Beach Boys and Bad Company featuring lead singer Brian Howe. Gates will open at 5 p.m.
"Between the football game and the Friday night concert, the 2012 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will encompass New Orleans' love of music and sports," said bowl Executive Director Billy Ferrante in a release. "The concert is the perfect way to kick off the bowl weekend."
Last year's first Friday concert featured the Rebirth Brass Band and the Lafayette-based Givers band a good and well-received show. But neither has the national and international appeal of this year's two iconic groups.
British band Bad Company's straight-ahead, no-frills approach to rock n' roll led to some timeless anthems, including "Can't Get Enough" and "Feel Like Makin' Love."
The California-based Beach Boys formed in 1961 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. "America's Band" had 36 top-40 hits in the U.S., including four No. 1 singles - "I Get Around," "Help Me Rhonda," "Good Vibrations" and "KoKoMo."
The bowl also announced on Thursday that R+L Carriers has extended its sponsorship of the New Orleans Bowl for five more years.