Pro Bowl parties lack headliners of years past
With less than a week to go until the NFL's annual all-star game, nightlife options in the days before the 2012 Pro Bowl are surprisingly limited.
From 1980 to 2009, the game was held annually at Aloha Stadium, bringing with it the families, friends and fans of the best players from the National Football League. The game moved to Florida in 2010, but returned to Hawaii last year.
In the past, all those visitors — and the spending money they brought with them — also attracted a variety of promoters. Honolulu-based party rockers had to compete with their counterparts from the mainland, who would fly in with a big name rapper and/or DJ, buy a bunch of radio advertising and hopefully watch tourists flock to their parties. The smarter ones would partner with a local promoter, who typically knew how to distribute flyers properly and could call upon their established following to help attract a bigger crowd.
Last year, Pro Bowl parties attracted hip-hop artists T-Pain, Biz Markie, Maino and Trina to Honolulu. In 2012, the only special guest announced so far is DJ Skribble.
Here's a rundown of all the parties announced in advance of the Jan. 29 football game; all events are 21-and-over unless noted:
» Davone Bess Pro Bowl Fundraiser, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Tiki's Grill and Bar, 2570 Kalakaua Ave. Invited guests include Colt Brennan, Chad Owens, Reggie Bush, Mike Pouncey, Vince Manuwai and Ryan Grice-Mullen. Tickets: $30, includes buffet dinner and two drink tickets. Call 923-8454.
» Allstar Pro VIP Kickoff Party, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Zanzabar Nightclub, 2255 Kuhio Ave. Presented by Hot Lava Entertainment and hosted by Willis McGahee of the Denver Broncos. Call 429-0715, 256-7721 or visit www.hotlavahawaii.com.
» Warren Moon and Tony Gonzalez Pro Bowl Party, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Pearl Ultralounge, Ala Moana Center. Tickets: $25 general admission, $50 "Fast Pass" entry, $100 VIP (includes access to VIP player area and drink ticket; advance purchase only). Call (888) 789-5666 for VIP advance purchase, 371-5224 for bottle service reservations or email email@example.com.
» Fifth Annual Players Lounge Hawaii, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Zanzabar Nightclub, 2255 Kuhio Ave. Presented by Hot Lava Entertainment and hosted by Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals. Call 429-0715, 256-7721 or visit www.hotlavahawaii.com.
» Pro Bowl Weekend at Addiction, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Addiction Nightclub, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. Presented by Peter Maharaj and hosted by Jesse Sapolu. Cover: $20. Call 943-5800.
» Allstar Pro VIP Celebrity Pool Splash, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, 2300 Kalakaua Ave. Presented by Hot Lava Entertainment and DIGS Hawaii. Call 429-0715, 256-7721, 779-1235 or visit www.hotlavahawaii.com.
» Pro Bowl Block Party, 7 to 10 p.m. along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Free admission; all ages welcome.
» Pro Bowl Platinum Players Party, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Zanzabar Nightclub, 2255 Kuhio Ave. Presented by Rick Rock Productions and hosted by Champ Bailey of the Denver Broncos and Davone Bess of the Miami Dolphins, with special guest DJ Skribble. Tickets: $20. Call 924-3939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at email@example.com.