Photo by Kai Z. Feng


Bruno Mars

Aug. 5
8 p.m.
Funk, Indie Pop, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Soul

For nearly a decade, Bruno Mars has been dedicated to the art of creating 24-karat pop gold. Before the Honolulu native emerged as a solo performer, he made his name writing pop mega-hits; some are classics (like CeeLo Green’s “Fuck You”), others have aged less well (Flo Rida’s “Right Round”), but regardless, his compositions were everywhere. His first solo album, 2010’s Doo-Wops & Hooligans, officially made Mars a star in his own right, with two of its singles (“Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade”) rocketing to No. 1. He’s been a consistent hitmaker ever since, ubiquitous even when his own material cooled down; his appearance on Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” heavily influenced by the Minneapolis sound, kept Mars in the spotlight throughout 2015. Though his music can come up a little short on substance, the 31-year-old makes up for that with showmanship during live performances such as his Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show and his Prince tribute at this year’s Grammys.