Pop singer, producer and songwriter Bruno Mars grew up in a family of musicians in Honolulu, so he was, as he has said, “surrounded by it,” playing with his father’s band very early on. Following graduation from high school, he headed for Los Angeles, where he has found his niche in the current commercial pop market, writing songs and hooks for Alexandra Burke, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Brandy, Sean Kingston, Flo Rida and more. His debut solo album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, yielded two hits, “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade,” placing his marker as an artist to be watched. He followed it up with Unorthodox Jukebox, which has also proven to be a hit. He’ll be doing songs from both albums at the Yum! Center on August 18, and, if reviews are to be believed, puts on a fantastic show. Fitz and The Trantrums will open. Tickets range from $39.50 to $89.50.
It’s Teen Night at Freedom Hall on August 16 when the British boy band The Wanted and Carly Rae Jepsen play the State Fair. Unless you have tweeners and/or early teens girls (mostly), neither of these two is likely to be terribly familiar to you, though might have seen the recent video of Jepsen delivering the worst-ever opening pitch at a baseball game. If you have such children, on the other hand, you might be screamingly tired of them already and will be ready to shell out the cost of admission for a night of quiet, while they go scream their heads off. It’s the kind of pop music that parents have complained about since they got out of their teens, but it’s fundamentally harmless, even if The Wanted released a bio photo of them literally with their pants down around their ankles. Tickets are a not-cheap $45.
Here a bracket, there a bracket, everywhere… oh, well, you might as well go play, too. The We Listen For You blog is running musical bracket, decided by vote. Go here to have a look.
Low is coming to town on April 22 at Headliners – wanna hear a song (“Especially Me”) from the new CD, C’mon? Stereogum has it for your listening pleasure.
Self-described Crash Avenue lackey Michael Powell has a wrap-up of his excursion to Austin for SXSW. He took a crew, to wit, Sean from Buzzgrinder.com and Backseat Sandbar photographer Joey plus a female publicist from Nashville, poor thing. They have beaucoups pix.
The folks at the Yum! Center said they were going to ‘test the Louisville market’ for major-act shows and they’ve been as good as their word, with the latest mega-ticket show on June 4 – Michael Bublé with special guest Naturally7. It’s the “Crazy Love Tour” and tickets will run you $52.50, $72.50 and $93.50. Oy vey.