I am a lifelong Washington State resident, but July 24, 2017 marked only the third time in my life that I have spent any real time in Tacoma. I will save you the “sibling” rivalry style jabs that Seattle, Bellingham and such like to throw at Tacoma, but, just know…it takes something quite special to get me down there.
The “special” instance in this case was none other than Bruno Mars on is 24K Magic Tour f/ Camila Cabello. This was my first time visiting the historic Tacoma Dome and my initial thought was, “Wait, so this is literally RIGHT OFF I-5!?”. Yes, my Bellingham/Seattle upbringing has led me to believe every large venue requires a venture through an urban labyrinth to find it. Being the tightwad that I am, I found some free parking about a half a mile away and made my way to the show.
Ms. Cabello got things started. You could tell that she was still getting used to being the hype act of sorts after years of being part of a headlining act like Fifth Harmony. Regardless, her fan-friendly tunes did their part in getting the crowd warmed up as she certainly brings an energy. Not so long after the scheduled time of 9:15, the lights dimmed and Bruno Mars along with his band of self-proclaimed Hooligans took to the stage. For the early part of the show, Mars stuck mostly to songs off of his latest album, 24 Karat Magic, including the title track. As the night progressed, songs like, “When I Was Your Man”, “Grenade” and “Marry You” snuck their way into the set list.
From someone who never got a chance to see (and sadly never will) acts like Michael Jackson and James Brown, it was a special treat to see someone like Bruno Mars do his thing in person. I was surrounded not only by kids and young couples, but also standing next to me were two lovely women in their 70s. They danced and swayed along just like everyone else, which goes to show you how transcendent Mars is generation to generation. The constant smile on his face, as well as his band assured me that we were not the only ones having a good time.
After coming back on stage for an encore which included his smash hit with Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk”, I left the Tacoma Dome for a half mile run back to my car (you have to be quick in Tacoma because they can smell when you’re from out of town) and on the way I was left with the thought: there are artists and there are entertainers. In some special cases you have both. One of those special cases is Bruno Mars.
You can pick up 24K Magic by Bruno Mars on iTunes and do not forget to check out Camila Cabello‘s latest single, “I Have Questions” from her upcoming debut solo album, The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., also on iTunes.
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