Two nights, two great pre-game parties
POSTED: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 10:50pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 10:27pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The BCS Championship game may not happen until Monday, but the parties will start this weekend. All the way from the Red Stick to the Big Easy, Tiger fans will have their fill of pre-game events.
Starting in Baton Rouge, the first event will happen in downtown Baton Rouge and the soundtrack for the night will a familiar tune with unique twist.
Local hip-hop duo Da Future wrote and produced the song “Tiger Bait; Death Valley Mix” back at the beginning of the season. However, the official music video debuted after the LSU-Alabama rivalry game.
“I decided to make a sports anthem for the university and I presented it to the marketing department along with the help of the athletic department,” Eron Rousell, one half of Da Future, said when asked how they managed to get LSU on board with the music video project. “They allowed us to use Mike the tiger as well as the Tiger Girls.”
Familiar scenes were also big features in the video, which was directed by Drew Guillory. Locations such as Fred’s Bar, the P-Mac, and the Memorial Tower are all spots Rousell knows all too well.
"LSU - I give them credit for me starting music production and having this entertainment company,” he said. “I didn't start with music until my sophomore year at the university. We played around, just releasing music on campus, and by the time I graduated, people thought I had some talent in it."
Given what the university gave to him, it seems only fitting that Rousell landed his first big hit with an LSU theme.
Rousell isn’t the only alumni thinking purple and gold pride this weekend. Former LSU football player Jeremy Benton is throwing a big bash in the Big Easy.
On Sunday, Jan. 8, Benton is putting on the Rock the Night - The Crystal Ball. It’s being held at Blaine Kern Mardi Gras World, located near the Convention Center in New Orleans. The premier event is open not only to LSU fans, but the rival team as well.
Big names like Patrick Peterson and Mark Ingram are helping him host it. Although Benton has hosted events around Baton Rouge for the past year, this night will be his own championship win.
"This will be my first official party in New Orleans and I feel like the first official party in New Orleans has to be large and this is right before the largest game of college football; the BCS national championship," Benton explained.
The first event Benton hosted was at Bogies roughly one year ago. Some familiar faces such as fellow former LSU football player Justin Vincent, who is also scheduled to attend Rock the Night, were on hand for that first event. Since then, Benton has found his niche as a promoter.
In anticipation of his largest event, Benton has left nothing to chance. The 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse will be transformed into a high-end hot-spot. Music will be provided by DJ Yancy and Shady Records artist Yelawolf will perform live.
The party will start at 9:00 p.m. For more information about Rock the Night – The Crystal Ball, click here.