Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe Shine In “Hooligans in Wondaland Tour”

Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe Both In “Hooligans in Wondaland Tour”

Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe launched their co-headlining tour, “Hooligans in Wondaland,” May 4 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

Now, you don’t need to write for Tiger Beat to know that a lot of teenage girls are buying Bruno Mars tickets. He’s young, looks even younger, and sings romantic songs.

Yet, it would be a mistake for anyone to write the young man off as a mere teen heartthrob.

“So what makes him so special? He’s young, innocent, and although he can definitely play the guitar, it’s his intimate connection he makes with the audience. Mars is not tarnished and I hope over the years the music industry doesn’t take away this Hawaiian boy whose music reminds you of a warm summer breeze and the roll of the ocean,” wrote Veda Jo Jenkins on pbpulse.com.

Mars is a legitimate performer for music fans of all ages. Sure, his nearly two hour long show has moments designed for the female set, the song “Our First Time” comes to mind, but he can channel the likes of Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and Michael Jackson and do so quite effectively. Meanwhile, his music adroitly explores the genres of R&B, soul, and hip hop while occasionally throwing in some ska and reggae.

Despite being just 25-years-old, Mars has a firm command of the stage and his audience. It may sound premature, but he’s a legend-in-training.

Don’t think for one moment that what he’s doing night-in and night-out to earn such high praise is overshadowing his tour mate, Janelle Monáe. Quite the contrary, on “The Hooligans in Wondaland Tour” the Kansas City-born songstress is more than holding her own.

“Of the two, Monáe edged out Mars in sheer dynamic. Her rawness in delivery was astonishing where Mars’ polish is showing. The crowd was definitely more into Mars, but gave Monáe proper props which gave me hope that she’ll gain a bigger crowd of fans through this tour,” wrote Rich Lopez on dallasvoice.com.

This double-bill is a true double-bill. Mars may grab all the headlines but both he and Monáe are consummate performers. In fact, it might be a good idea to see these two singers now, while they are still playing intimate venues before they start selling out those large impersonal arenas—that’s the direction both artists are heading.

For those coming just to hear Mars, or just to hear Monáe, you’ll be in for a real treat as the other will be equally as enthralling. And your affection won’t be the “element of surprise” talking; these are two of the best young performers currently working in music.

Mars is supporting his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, which dropped in October of 2011. The smash hit oeuvre has produced three hit singles: “Just The Way You Are,” “Grenade,” and “The Lazy Song.” The first two went to number one in the States while all three reached the top spot in the U.K.

And by the way, “Just The Way You Are” won Mars the 2011 Grammy for best male pop vocal performance.

Monáe is promoting her latest record, ArchAndroid. Released in May of 2010, the opus debuted at #17 on the Billboard 200 and garnered a Grammy nom for Best Contemporary R&B Album.

Opening for the duo until May 27 is Plan B. After that it’s Mayer Hawthorne & The County.

“The Hooligans in Wondaland Tour” wraps June 15 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Hooligans in Wondaland Tour Itinerary
>>May 4 – Bruno Mars in New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
>>May 7 – Bruno Mars in Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
>>May 9 – Bruno Mars in Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
>>May 10 – Bruno Mars in Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
>>May 11 – Bruno Mars in Miami Beach, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach
>>May 17 – Bruno Mars in Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
>>May 18 – Bruno Mars in Houston, TX @ Reliant Arena
>>May 20 – Bruno Mars in Montgomery, AL @ Montgomery Jubilee Cityfest
>>May 22 – Bruno Mars in Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
>>May 24 – Bruno Mars in Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
>>May 25 – Bruno Mars in St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
>>May 27 – Bruno Mars in Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
>>May 28 – Bruno Mars in Independence, MO @ Uptown Theater
>>May 29 – Bruno Mars in Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
>>May 30 – Bruno Mars in Orem, UT @ McKay Events Center
>>June 2 – Bruno Mars in Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
>>June 3 – Bruno Mars in Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
>>June 4 – Bruno Mars in Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
>>June 7 – Bruno Mars in Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
>>June 8 – Bruno Mars in San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
>>June 10 – Bruno Mars in Coachella, CA @ Spotlight Showroom
>>June 11 – Bruno Mars in Del Mar, CA @ San Diego County Fair
>>June 12 – Bruno Mars in Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
>>June 15 – Bruno Mars in Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
>>June 16 – Bruno Mars in Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater At Palms Casino Resort
>>Sept. 1 – Bruno Mars in Essex Junction, VT @ Champlain Valley Expo

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