Last Night: Bruno Mars at Reliant Stadium

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Photos by Marco Torres
Bruno Mars
Reliant Stadium
March 7, 2013

We live in a world where a "singer" can be successful without actually knowing how to sing. Think about that for a second. Then think about why we allow that to happen.

In the Internet age, we are less interested in the strength and beauty of a singer's voice than in the crazy outfit or antics he or she will throw up next. Never mind that every pop song contains the same four chords, or that it takes a team of ten songwriters to pen lyrics that are less eloquent than love notes written in the diary of some middle-school girls.

And then... we have Bruno Mars. The Hawaiian-born singer-songwriter is one of the exceptions in the wasteland of pop music that we endure today. He is a true "diamond in the rough," with a million-dollar smile and the dance moves that would make Baryshnikov jealous.

And yes, ladies and gentlemen, this "singer" exhibits a vocal ability that sounds even better live than on the radio, which is especially challenging in an arena as cavernous and enormous as Reliant Stadium.

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Dressed casually in a checkered shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes, Mars motored to the stage Thursday in a stretched white Cadillac limousine, complete with a longhorn hood ornament. As he opened the door and stepped onto the revolving stage, the roar of cheers pierced through the air and rumbled the roof, louder than even the reaction to a Houston Texans touchdown during a playoff game.

His set began with a run-through of the singles from his latest album, Unorthodox Jukebox, beginning with "Moonshine," then continuing with "Natalie," "Treasure," and "Show Me."

Great songs, to be sure, but the show began in earnest with the Travie McCoy song "Billionare," which was co-written by Mars and was among the first to showcase his vocal talents. The song was mashed up live with the oldie "Money (That's What I Want)" that ended with a Marty McFly/Back to the Future-ish guitar solo that concluded with Mars on his knees.

Mr. Mars is not exactly the most attractive dude ever, but I can certainly understand his appeal. The confidence he exudes, his smooth voice and his extraordinary dance moves make him a catch. He is the total package, a "five-tool player" in baseball-speak.

At certain points in the evening, we saw him channel his inner Michael Jackson, then transition into his inner James Brown. "Dat boi good!"... as they say.


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Reliant Stadium

2 Reliant Park, Houston, TX

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Times_Red
Times_Red

Have you heard of Times Red, X-factor boys’ band? They are back with the new EP “Just No Good For Me” and amazing songs that reminds Bruno Mars  a lot!  Be sure to follow guys on Twitter @Times_Red and listen to their songs. You can always download their EP.

Ryan Cope
Ryan Cope

Or dress and act like a clown (LMFAO, Minaj) ok... Diatribe done.

Ryan Cope
Ryan Cope

This is also why you are encouraged to have thick skin if you wanna compete in the industry. The more times you throw the hat in the ring, the better your chances are. Statistics. Numbers. Luck. Only thing is, you gotta have these Bruno skills to even be able to throw said hat in....

Ryan Cope
Ryan Cope

I read the article. My assessment. Just going to auditions like The Voice, or winning singing contests all over town, it quickly becomes evident that there is an overabundance of people that are THAT GOOD. They sing like a lark, effortlessly. The have dance moves that would make a modern dance studio envious. Sometimes, most of the time, they have the looks. The have the personality and the humility. People like Bruno are not everywhere, but close.... for they are to be found in higher numbers than you may think. Like the article indicated, fame and all it's trappings has very little to do with ability these days. The same can be said for those who HAVE those abilities though. It has little to do with abilities, or these "whole" packages. This is an entire subculture and there are millions in this world, on that level, right now. It's all about timing and luck. Sure these darlings are amazing in moms' eyes, but in the public sector, as skillfully unique as you may be or are, you are not that unique. Outside of that, it's nice to see someone with REAL chops take the gold over the Fergies, LMFAOs, and autotune superstars.

Sheila Flores
Sheila Flores

Awesome show. Can't wait to see him again!!!

Chris Dupla
Chris Dupla

I knew I should have seen him at Warehouse Live when I had the chance!

Meredith McNulty
Meredith McNulty

i was there and it was fantastic...megastar he is! waiting for tickets to go in sale for his August show!

Devra Singer
Devra Singer

Very talented, great performer, and he really connected with the crowd! Was impressed!

Joseph Holloway
Joseph Holloway

When you break a Houston rodeo attendance record I think you can be considered a big deal.

Janice Sue Citizen-Davis
Janice Sue Citizen-Davis

i enjoyed Bruno Mars and is a fan. 2 thumbs up for Bruno, he rocked Reliant last night!!!!!

Eve Rami
Eve Rami

Awesome show..time was too short:(

Michele McClinton
Michele McClinton

AGREE! Wish I had made the show last night...other than the massive crowd!

Cathy Cornman Smith
Cathy Cornman Smith

It was a great show! He is talented and so is his band. One of the best rodeo performances I've seen!

Stephanie Haven
Stephanie Haven

What a great show I am a fan for life!!! What a great young man!!!

Natalie Broussard
Natalie Broussard

Heis a true performer! A true artist. I liked him before, I am going to officially stalk him. I am NOT above shoving a teeny booper down to see him. lol.j/k

Sharon Holcombe
Sharon Holcombe

I brought my 12 year old daughter and 2 of her friends. I was not expecting such an awesome show! The kid can sing, dance, had his homeys on horns and seemed truly humbled by the crowd. I am now a convert!

Hope De Los Santos
Hope De Los Santos

Yup I was there! Yup he's a megastar! It was Texans game loud in that place!!

Robert Medlin
Robert Medlin

Pretty sure George Strait will end up smashing it anyway.

Lindsey Stevic
Lindsey Stevic

He put on a GREAT show! That man can sing, dance AND play music. Color me impressed.

Houston Press Rocks Off
Houston Press Rocks Off

To be fair, Astrodome capacity at the time of Elvis' 1970 RODEOHOUSTON show was just 44,500, but when you adjust people's fat asses for inflation....

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