For music lovers attending the Super Bowl XLVI celebration in downtown Indianapolis Indiana you couldn’t ask for better and more diverse line-up of concerts. National and internationally recognized acts like the Village People, Darius Rucker, O.A.R., En Vogue, Sixpence None the Richer, Fitz & the Tantrums, and Roxie are among the acts who have performed, or are scheduled to perform, live at the Verizon Stage.
But it was rising country music star and Better Angels Music artist Corey Cox who stole the show on Thursday on the Verizon Stage in the Super Bowl Village for “Super Heroes Day”.
Cox is a former Anderson University baseball player-turned musician whose career in the span of a few short years has gone from playing small bars and clubs to singing the National Anthem in front of 60,000 fans at a packed Lucas Oil Stadium—not bad for a Markleville, Indiana native.
But Cox’s career hasn’t come without his fair share of hard work. His ascension to the upper echelons of country music, while note complete, has taken him from such disparate states as Boston, Minnesota, Florida and Oklahoma to name a few. He has played with some of the premier acts in country music, such as Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Travis Tritt, Justin Moore, David Nail and Diamond Rio to name a few. Catch one of Cox’s shows and it quickly becomes clear why he is so in-demand by booking agents everywhere. An unmistakable on-stage presence and a unique combination of passion and execution make his performances as entertaining as they are memorable. This is definitely a star on the rise.
Another top act to perform at the Verizon Stage was American alt rock band, Fuel. The creative heart of this group consists of Carl Bell a songwriter and guitarist, and bassist Jeff Abercrombie. The band originally went by the name Small the Joy, but later changed their name to Fuel near the mid-1990s. Fuel rose to national prominence on the music scene with their break-away hit album, Sunburn. They performed many of their top hits on the Verizon Stage, including one of their most popular, “Shimmer”.
Other acts to perform in Super Bowl village include the Hunter Smith Band, Brent James and the Contraband, The Meatball Band Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Hero Jr., John Spencer, Red Wanting Blue, Blackberry Jam, Morris Day and the Time, Bashiri Asad, Gentleman Alphonse, Gentleman Alphonse, LMFAO, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Born Again Floozies, North Mississippi Allstars, Indiana Reggae Band and DJ Rusty? And the best part: They’re all free!