Ann Arbor's Mayer Hawthorne to play webcast halftime show - from his parents' house
But obviously, you can't keep an Ann Arborite down: In a new post on RollingStone.com, Hawthorne announces that he'll perform a special "Hawthorne Halftime" concert, webcast on RollingStone.com. And he'll do it from the home of his parents.
Hawthorne describes his alternative show as "a short medley of favorites and some songs especially for Detroit."
The choice of Nickelback for the annual nationally televised game sparked an online petition by a University of Michigan graduate student protesting the selection on grounds of general lameness (and the fact that Nickelback is Canadian, coming to a city with a rich musical heritage).
But the NFL stuck to its choice, even after Hawthorne publicly offered his services as an alternative.
Most recently, Nickelback had some fun with whole thing as well in a FunnyOrDie.com video.
As Andrew Cohen, Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, graduating from Huron High School and the University of Michigan. Since moving away in 2005, Hawthorne has carved out a successful career as a singer in the neo-soul vein.
Watch the announcement of the "Hawthorne Halftime" concert: