Bruno Mars rolls into his Park Theater residency on the Las Vegas Strip this weekend fresh off the iHeartRadio Awards, where he somewhat reluctantly took home the Innovator Award. “It’s a little ironic for me, because I genuinely feel like I’m just getting started,” he said, before closing the show with recent hits “Treasure” and “That’s What I Like”—and then breaking into an all-out groove session with Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Ty Dolla $ign and more.
Mars is turning into the man when it comes to big-party awards show performances; his fans are still clamoring about February’s Grammy Awards, when he donned purple sequins and played a white Schecter Cloud guitar in tribute to Prince. Some were shocked to learn Bruno can shred—and others might wish he’d never attempted to play the iconic guitar solo from “Let’s Go Crazy”—but the performance left a lasting impression either way. Mars is a phenomenal talent, a singer and songwriter who effortlessly crosses genres, a well-rounded entertainer coming into his own as a showman and bandleader.
You can observe that development in Las Vegas on a regular basis as Mars gears up for his 24k Magic World Tour, which begins at the end of the month in Belgium. After this weekend’s shows, he won’t be back in the States until July 15, when he strolls a few steps from his Vegas home to play T-Mobile Arena. Bruno Mars at Park Theater at Monte Carlo, March 11 & 12.