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The Roots and Walk the Moon to Play Free Verizon Super Bowl Central Party in Downtown Phoenix

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Both headliners were announced via Facebook by the official Super Bowl XLIX host committee on Wednesday afternoon.

They will be a part of the free concerts that will be offered all four days at the stage, which will be located near the intersection of First and Washington streets, including gigs by a number of local bands, musicians, and performance artists and a big-name act capping off each night.

While the headliners for Wednesday, January 28, and Thursday, January 29, haven't been announced as of this writing, Walk the Moon is scheduled to perform on Friday, January 30, while The Roots will take the stage on the evening of Saturday, January 31.

It will be the third time in five years that Questlove and company has gigged here in the Valley. Back in November 2010, The Roots went head-to-head with Miniature Tigers during the Red Bull Soundclash in Scottsdale, which resulted in a battle-of-the-bands-style competition between the two acts and a spectacular night of music that also involved the University of Arizona marching band. And in March 2013, The Roots were one of the nightly headliners of that year's edition of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park.

The rest of the lineup for the Hyped for Halftime stage features several notable local groups, such as Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Tramps and Thieves, and Daisy Train. Thursday will have more a Latin bent with Chicha Dust, Jaleo Band, and folkloric dancers performing, while Friday will be more indie-centric with gigs by Jared and the Mill, Party Gardens, The Technicolors, and Harper and the Moths.

The (mostly) complete schedule, which is courtesy of the Super Bowl host committee, can be found on the next page.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.