The Evolutionary Artist Live in Orlando
2017’s most energetic showman in every sense of the word, Bruno Mars, is bringing his timeless act to Orlando’s Amway Center on October 14, with a performance affirming his status as the new classic.
Although the Hawaiian-born crooner has established himself a gilded throne among his pop contemporaries, the secret to Mars’ relevance is not found in his eagerness to stay within the lines of the mainstream trends, but is hidden in his keen adaptability to harken back to the iconic styles and sounds of eras past—and his ability to evolve from one to the next.
From his early beginnings as a child performer to his critically acclaimed album, 24K Magic, Mars has become an evolutionary artist who has remixed his influences from America’s favorite decades, blending hip-hop, R&B, and reggae into revolutionary hits of today.
Mars began channeling the musical greats of the past at young age, performing as a four-year-old Elvis Presley impersonator. A frequent addition to his family’s band, Mars sang five days a week in Elvis Presley fashion, becoming a popular act know throughout the island of Oahu, Hawaii. These early experiences as a child singer helped the modern-day Mars develop how he would approach both performing and songwriting.
With his debut full-length album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Mars broke onto the Top 40 pop scene as his first solo single, “Just the Way You Are,” showcased his talent for sneaking into the ranks of pop icons of the present with incredible ease. The single continues to hold the record for the longest-reigning debut format hit. The album, which also features the songs “Grenade” and “Marry You,” emphasized some of Mars’ 90s-inspired hip-hop flair.
Mars’ collaboration with Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk,” highlighted the versatile singer’s love for 1970s disco, and his fans didn’t seem to mind— the song’s music video gathered over two billion YouTube views, making it the fourth-most watched video on the website.
It was only a matter of time before Mars embraced the ornateness of the 1980s, and 24K Magic set a new tone in Mars’ music and unique personal style as he urged his audiences to put their “pinky fingers to the moon.” Following soon after, “That’s What I Like” pumped even more 80s energy into Mars’ new era of sound.
From 1950s Elvis impressions to redefining the 80s and 90s through his latest album, Mars has evolved over time to create a timeless persona that remains unencumbered by the limits of definitive genres and decades.
Perhaps the most interesting appeal of Mars’ concert performances is his creative understanding of how to put on a show the way artists of the past did—with precise and perceptive instrumentation, choreographed excellence, and groundbreaking vocals. In essence, his live show ties all of the evolutionary influences and expressions of Bruno Mars together.
You won’t want to miss everything that Mars has to offer as he bring his exciting 24K Magic World Tour to Orlando.