Thursday was a big night for concerts, with dueling shows by Maroon 5 and B.o.B. Maroon 5 was at Save Mart Center with Bruno Mars and One Republic, while B.o.B. was at The Big Fresno Fair with Fashawn.
I was at the fair, while Kathy was at the Save Mart Center. Where were you? And what did you think? We’ll offer some thoughts and you can leave yours in the comments.
MAROON 5 W/ ONE REPUBLIC & BRUNO MARS
Maroon 5 is a really good live band. With a stripped down stage — just a few lights, mid-stage riser and a disco ball — they don’t rely on a lot of razzle-dazzle to win the crowd over. They rely on the voice of Adam Levine. And it works. Thursday night’s show at the Save Mart Center was an hour-and-a-half of really good singing. The radio hits, the newer tunes and a couple covers (Al Green!), all sounded good, really good. The best moments came from an acoustic set featuring Levine’s beautiful high tone, a piano and acoustic guitar. The whole show could have been that set up and would not have disappointed.
Opening act Bruno Mars, who was charming and suave, really impressed. He was solid in his short 30-minute set that featured his hit with B.o.B. “Beautiful Girls” and his current No. 1 hit “Just The Way You Are.” One Republic’s 45-minute show was good, but not as good as Mars or Maroon 5. But the kids in the audience really seemed to like it, if the high-pitched screeching was any indicator. Overall, the three acts together made for a soulful, groovy show.
B.O.B. w/ FASHAWN
B.o.B. showed perfectly what’s made him one of the quickest rising stars in hip-hop — his ability to throw down Outkast-influenced raps and his courage to play guitar and cover songs by MGMT. Of course, the crowd was there to see his hits — “Airplanes,” “Nothin’ On You” — but he showed them much much, with a high-energy, 10-piece stage show complete with live band, dancers and singers. Opener Fashawn also got plenty of love from his hometown crowd. He was glowing to be on a big stage in front of the Fresno crowd, and proved why he’s a rising hip-hop star too.
Did you go to either show? What did you think? Highlights? Lowlights? Favorite songs? Anything else? Let’s hear your reviews!
[photos: Eric Paul Zamora / The Bee (B.o.B.) and Carlos Camarena / Special to The Bee (Maroon 5)]