The first Sunday of The Town festival will bring to the main stage of the Interlagos Circuit, in São Paulo, one of the most anticipated shows by the public: Bruno Mars. (See probable setlist at the end of the article)
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No concert by The Town holds such high expectations. The Hawaiian singer, who will play on both Sundays, on September 3 and 10, was the one who sold out the fastest – a matter of minutes, both in the general sale and in the extraordinary one.
This will be the first opportunity for Brazilians to watch Bruno since 2017, when he performed at Morumbi, in São Paulo, and at Apoteose, in Rio de Janeiro.
He returns to the country at a time of resumption of his solo career, after spending 2021 and 2022 focused on the multi-award winning retro project “Silk Sonic”, with drummer Anderson Paak.
For die-hard fans, Brazilian guitarist Mateus Asato may be missed on stage at The Town. The artist from Campo Grande (MS) announced this year that he would stop following Bruno and Silk Sonic to focus on his solo career.
If it’s to sum up what to expect from this Sunday’s show (3), Bruno Mars comes to The Town more to kill nostalgia than to present anything new in relation to the last time he was here.
The artist is not currently promoting any releases and does not tour with any actual tours.
His last solo album, “24K Magic”, was released in 2016. international press reports about the production of his next album, there hasn’t been any concrete announcement yet.
In 2023, with few exceptions, Bruno performed only at the amphitheater of the Park MGM, casino hotel in Las Vegas, USA, where he is a resident artist. These performances by the singer are organized as a show, with practically no changes between them and with a fixed, protocol repertoire.
If he maintains the same logic of everything he did this year, including a short trip to Asia, Brazilians should watch an open-air version of that same Vegas show.
According to the records of website setlist.fm, Bruno Mars’ presentation should last between 90 and 95 minutes.
The songs chosen, in addition to not changing, are mostly the same from the “24K Magic World” tour, which he brought to Brazil five years ago.
Even without surprises, the number of hits that Bruno has accumulated over the last two decades (far from other artists from The Town) could already place him among the best presentations of the five days of the event.
Adding this to his 1.65m of showman charisma, his rapport (and cool dances) with his stage colleagues – the band “The Hooligans” – and the indisputable performance of his voice, Bruno has everything to guarantee that he will be considered by the public the best show of the festival.
Show script alternates romantic and dance songs
The opening, if the booklet is followed, will be done with the double “24K Magic”, with a play of lights and fireworks, and “Finesse” – with the possibility of “I Took Your Phones Away” entering the middle of the duo.
See below a video of the opening of Bruno’s show, in the Philippines, in June this year.
In the first third of the show, there are songs that were a considerable success in Brazil, such as “Billionaire” and “Treasure”.
According to reports on social media by those who attended the Vegas shows, interactions and games with the audience are common throughout the show – like splitting the audience in half to see which side screams the loudest, for example.
Nor will it be the first time that Bruno asks people to put their cell phones aside for a moment.
The show at The Town will even be one of the few opportunities in 2023 to see the singer with a device in hand, since in his residence in las vegas public cell phones are prohibited and locked in special cases.
Close to completing the first hour of the show, the singer is expected to sit in front of a keyboard to amend a medley that goes from “Fuck You”, a song written by Mars and famous in the voice of CeeLo Green, to “Leave The Door Open ”, the biggest hit that Bruno recorded with Silk Sonic.
As he nears the end of the set, he collects some of his greatest hits. according to Billboard Recordskeeping her balance between the romantic and the danceable, with “When I Was Your Man” and “Locked Out Of Heaven”.
See below a fan-recorded video of “Locked Out Of Heave” at the show in the Philippines in June this year.
Bruno and the musicians are expected to leave the stage after the ballad “Just the Way You Are”, only to return with more pyrotechnics and choreography for the encore of just one song: the hit “Uptown Funk”.
Possible Bruno Mars setlist at The Town
- 24K Magic
- I Took Your Phones Away
- Calling All My Lovelies / Wake Up in the Sky
- That’s What I Like / Please Me
- Versace on the Floor
- marry you
- runaway baby
- Medley on piano: Fuck You (Cee-Lo Green) / Young Wild And Free / Grenade / Talking to the Moon / Nothin’ on You / Leave the Door Open (Silk Sonic)
- When I Was Your Man
- Locked Out of Heaven
- Just the Way You Are
- (Bis) Uptown Funk
PHOTOS: See the artists performing at the first edition of The Town
Source: CNN Brasil
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