Bruno Mars' Moonshine Jungle Tour in Miami: Sweet Serenades and Lots of Thrusting

Photo by Brad Barket

Bruno Mars
Moonshine Jungle Tour
With Fritz & the Tantrums
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Friday, August 30, 2013

It all started with the steady, pounding bass and jungle-like beat of the drums.

As ladies in tribal-printed leggings, floral blouses, and tight royal blue dresses, and dudes in black blazers, blue paisley button-downs, and boating shoes roared, a black curtain embroidered with golden palm trees fell to the ground. And there was Bruno Mars, standing in the middle of the smoky stage, making sweet lyrical love to the mic.

The crowd was already hyped from an energetic and charismatic performance by Fritz & the Tantrums, but when Mars and the Hooligans started jammin' to "Moonshine," fans lost it.

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Photo by Brad Barket

"Welcome to the Moonshine Jungle tour," Mars said with a pearly-white smile as he gazed out at the jam-packed American Airlines Arena.

"We've been waiting a long time to play for you, Miami, so get your asses up!" he hollered, before going on to perform a smoothly choreographed "Treasure" with the doo-woppin' she-boppin' Hooligans.

Photo by Brad Barket

After strumming on the guitar to a swing-turned-reggae medley of "Money (That's What I Want)" and "Billionaire," Mars cranked up the freak when he rose on a pedestal and thrust his hips to "Show Me" and a mash-up of old-school sex jams including Aaliyah's "Rock the Boat," Ginuwine's "Pony," and R. Kelly's "Ignition."

Mars teased the crowd some more with swing/gospel/funky twists on hits off Doo-Wops & Hooligans and Unorthodox Jukebox, and showed off his smooth, Michael Jackson-like dance moves.

Location Info


American Airlines Arena

601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: General

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