On Sunday night my mom and I saw Bruno Mars in Saskatoon. It was a really fun, high-energy show and we had a great time.
His band is called The Hooligans and they've been together for years and have played on all his albums. The band featured Bruno Mars singing and sometimes playing guitar, a backup singer, a guitarist, a bassist, a drummer, a keyboardist, a trombonist, a saxophonist, and a trumpeter. The band was tight in their playing and their choreography. They had some dance moves in their spots and would occasionally all come together in the centre of the stage to dance with Bruno (not the drummer or keyboardist, but everybody else.)
Early on in the set he covered "Money (That's What I Want)" and it led into "Billionaire", which was one of his first radio hits. It was cool hearing him sing "Every time I close my eyes I see my name in flashing lights..a different city every night," when that's now his reality.
The lighting effects and videos were well planned and super fun. Lazers, strobe lights, spotlights, pyrotechnics and sparklers made the show into a big party.
During the song "Marry You" Bruno changed the lyrics to one of the lines at the end, singing, "It's a beautiful night. What the hell is a saskatoon? Who cares, baby? I think I wanna marry you!" It was super funny. And in case you didn't know, a saskatoon is a berry kind of like a blueberry but a bit more tart.
The backup singer was featured during "The Lazy Song" because he was the guy who played 'the really nice girl' on the record saying, "Oh my god, this is great!" He did it at the concert and Bruno stopped the song to make a big deal about it and had him do it again while the audience cheered.
The band really enjoyed playing the crowd. At one point Bruno said, "Saskatoon, if you want to be quiet, we'll be quiet, too," and did the "Shout" line "a little bit softer now, a little bit softer now" while the band decrescendoed and lowered themselves until they were crouching on the stage and not playing. Then Bruno danced and did the twist to the sound of the audience screaming and cheering.
After a while they did "a little bit louder now, a little bit louder now" and rose up again to continue the song.
The finale was "Just the Way You Are" and everybody in the audience was singing.
At the end of the song they thanked everyone, left, and the stage went black.
A few minutes later, Bruno Mars was playing a drum solo on an elevated drum set in the middle of the stage and the lights were corresponding with the drums.
The encore lasted quite a while and featured "Locked Out Of Heaven," "Grenade," and "Gorilla."
Confetti canons went off and covered everyone on the floor with gold confetti.
It was a really fun concert. My mom and I had a great time!