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Bruno Mars w/ Aloe Blacc

Wednesday, June 25 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7 p.m.

Jun. 16, 2014
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“Really? Bruno Mars?” That was the Internet’s collective response upon learning that the singer/songwriter/entertainer had been tapped for the Super Bowl halftime show this winter, making him the youngest (and least well-known) headliner to anchor that high-profile gig in eons. But why not Bruno Mars? His ever-growing songbook is packed with crowd pleasers—including his 2012 smash hit “Locked Out of Heaven,” which is likely to remain a staple of wedding dance floors for decades to come—and his stage presence is undeniable, channeling the blood-sweat-and-tears showmanship of legends like Michael Jackson, James Brown and Sam Cooke. Few of his contemporaries can bridge generations quite so naturally.

For this Marcus Amphitheater show, expect Mars to cull heavily from his blockbuster 2012 album Unorthodox Jukebox, a winning hodgepodge of funk, rock, reggae and disco that sold 3.2 million copies internationally last year alone. And unlike the Super Bowl, he won’t have to pause for the Red Hot Chili Peppers mid-performance just as his band is starting to find its groove.

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