Last night Bruno Mars stopped off in Austin on his Moonshine Jungle Tour. It was his first time playing in our musical city and he sold out the Frank Erwin Center with no problem. Although I was unable to bring more than a tiny point and shoot camera, I was close enough to get some decent shots.
Bruno and his band played all the hits and the fan favorites. With just two albums under his belt totaling twenty songs, Bruno’s star is still on the rise. He and the band are not yet tour-weary and had plenty of energy for their hip-thrusting choreography and general jumping around all over the stage. The pompadours and suits behind them, their current style is a modern take on 70s chic, which is best represented musically by Treasure on Unorthodox Jukebox.
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a large-scale show of this sort that catered to the ladies so specifically. The handsome, well-dressed band clearly enjoyed gyrating for thousands of screaming girls. Music aside, the show had a bit of a Chippendales feel to it. It was fun, funny, and all around enjoyable. Simply the best live show I’ve seen in a long time.
Rehearsed to a tee, it was nice to not play the stomping and clapping game for the encore. They reappeared moments after leaving the stage and closed with Locked Out of Heaven and Gorilla (my personal favorite) with glitter falling from the ceiling and booming pyrotechnics. It was a crescendo that left us wired for hours after. Much more exciting than my typical Wednesday nights.