I love an artist that shows up on the scene with an angle. They start us out thinking one thing, while they’ve really got something completely different up their sleeve. They’re playing the field giving the market what it wants, maybe even needs at the time, and all the while they’re waiting on bated breath for the moment when our interests have peaked, numbers have been crunched, and they can finally reveal what they really came here to do. Bruno Mars is definitely one of those artists, and he proved that to the city of Toronto once and for all Wednesday night when his Moonshine Jungle Tour made a stop here at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.
By now most people know that Mars grew up performing with his family’s band, The Love Notes, and that even as a child he was a well-known Elvis impersonator around the island of Oahu. Having been exposed to a wide variety of artists at such a young age, Mars spent years performing songs by everyone from The Isley Brothers and The Temptations to Michael Jackson and Little Richard – artists that had a major impact on his future sound and performance style. But, what’s so fantastic about a guy like Bruno Mars is that not only does his music have roots, most of his core audience has no idea what they’re looking at.