Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae

Las Vegas was the last stop on Bruno Mars’ and Janelle Monae’s Hooligans in Wondaland Tour, and they finished strong at The Pearl at the Palms on June 16. Monae hit the stage in her signature tuxedo wardrobe and her immaculately coiffed hair. Her petite frame bounded about as she showcased her James Brown-like footwork and powerful vocals on songs “Tightrope” and the rock-infused “Come Alive (War of the Roses.” She ended her high-energy performance by crowd-surfing.

Monae’s act was tough to follow, but the Hooligan was up for the challenge. As soon as Mars appeared with a sly grin, fedora and guitar, the predominantly female crowd went totally apeshit. The slow burning “Our First Time” was met with piercing screams from the teenage contingency while the 40-somethings swooned during the Doo Wop-influenced “Marry You.” His instant-access melodies “Grenade” and “The Lazy Song” had everyone singing along before he punctuated the night with an encore performance of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana.” Exhausted but delighted by the energy, Mars thanked the crowd for a great evening.

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