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6 Reasons to Love Bruno Mars’ ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ Tour

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1. You enjoy old school dance moves, including synchronized swishing left-and-right, and/or find it entertaining when grown men dance this way in groups (Mars’ band is truly talented, have great energy, and often clustered together to sing and jam in unison).

2. You respect a variety of musical genres, from songs with a Motown feel and the use of brass instruments, to tunes that transports you to the islands, to short mash-ups of 90’s and 2000’s songs (Ginuwine’s “Pony” and R. Kelly’s “Ignition” are just two examples). In moments, Mars’ “Show Me” transformed from happy reggae to reminiscent of a slow, serious Michael Jackson.

3. You are over the “party scene” of concerts or belong to any of the following groups: The 20-something girls who are out on the town, parents of children younger than 18, the couple on a special date night, 50 or 60-somethings looking for the nostalgia of what music was once like. If you’re looking to just grab a drink, kick back, and enjoy a show (not a mosh pit), by all means, join in.

Note: About taking your children, be advised that Mars is not afraid to sing F-bombs—think the original of “Billionaire.”

4. You want to “move, shake, and get sweaty,” as Mars declares at the start of the show is the reason he performs for you, out in the audience.

5. You enjoy a few theatrical quirks, such as those in the opening act: Mars was welcomed with a gold glitter palm tree curtain, the pounding of drums, an electronic flapping bird, and the sounds of monkeys, setting a jungle-like mood. Another fun addition: one number was sung through a megaphone, giving it an eclectic sound.

6. You long to see a performer who can deliver just as well live as in the studio. If none of the above reasons appealed to you already, Mars’ smooth-like-butter voice speaks for itself on stage, every time.

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By day she is a teacher, by night she has aspirations of writing full-time. The youngest daughter of three, Sarah was always drawn to pen and paper as a means to express herself and find connection. Things that inspire her: womanhood, artwork, big cities, fashion, music, everyday people, good literature, poetry, her Asian heritage, and of course, a hot cup of tea. Sarah has lived in New Jersey her whole life and currently resides with her boyfriend and a fluffy cat named Quinn.

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