The traveling circus that is the Jingle Ball series of concerts stopped in Atlanta Wednesday night. While Miley Cyrus didn't twerk with Robin Thicke preferring a “Bad Santa” on the night, there was still a lot of good music and, largely, wholesome family entertainment anyway.
Local radio station Power 96.1 and i-radio were the hosts for a night of music that included nine different live acts and one DJ live on stage as well and all in four hours. Interspersing some lesser-known talent with some established acts has become a very successful formula for these shows and so it was on Wednesday night.
Headlined by Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Robin Thicke, and Flo Rida, the evening also provided opportunity for Bonnie McKee, Travie McCoy, Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony, and DJ Armin van Buuren
While all these acts are very talented and have had some artistic success, it’s just that the others have been more successful commercially.
Because of the sheer numbers of acts each was limited in the amount of their “playing time” which meant that the audience were treated to a night of hits.
While some of the lesser known talent played songs that few had heard, the sets of Pitbull, Miley Cyrus, and Flo Rida were their greatest hits performed live, perfect for the most teenage audience and their patient parents on a school night!
Robin Thicke who has been around for a while but who has really only achieved huge commercial success earlier this year opened his set with “Blurred Lines” sans the video accompaniment. His was one of the earlier performances providing an early highlight as did his coming off stage and posing for "selfies" with those lucky enough to be in the first couple of rows.
DJ Armin van Buuren was overshadowed by Lauren Evans whose voice was one of the unexpected surprises of the evening as she performed with the electronic DJ.
Another surprise was Travie McCoy whose music and interaction with the audience all but guaranteed his spot in future Jingle Balls.
The two larger than life personalities were saved for last. Pitbull was first in his characteristic black suit and sunglasses. While his vocals were often overshadowed, his stage persona is always going to carry the day and so it was that night. He just looks the part!
Not sure what part Miley looked as she strutted on to the stage in mink coat and not much else. She is a teenage fans delight and every parent’s worst fears realized!
Incredibly talented and very attractive she sometimes lets her (or her management’s) desire to shock get in the way of her performance so that all you can see is her foam finger. Thankfully she left her accessories at home at the Jingle Ball so the crowd were treated to a short but good set that started with “Party in the USA” and just got better from there.
Logistically this concert has to be a nightmare so please spare a thought here for the production crew. Hard enough to put on one live act and a support act on a regular tour these guys dealt with all these acts, their crews, their entourages, and I'm sure some substantial ego's as well.
Scene changing was done by means of a rotating stage and it all went off pretty smoothly, sometimes seeming like it actually took longer to change the stage than some acts played. The crew and production staff did a stellar job!
In what has become an annual tradition the 2013 Jingle Ball has demonstrated that this formula is still very popular. Look forward to next year’s version when the person who creates the biggest publicity stir at the VMA’s will probably headline. I’m just wondering what Miley Cyrus will do next! Oh that’s right she’ll be back in Atlanta in March performing on her Bangerz tour! It will definitely be entertaining.