Tour Buzz: Graceland Ninjaz and Pink

Pink | Photo by Wayne Posner

Pink | Photo by Wayne Posner

THE NINJA’ED RESERVE LIST: I don’t know anything about Graceland Ninjaz except this: I would totally pay money to see a band called Graceland Ninjaz. So who are these guys? A quartet of veteran, award-winning musicians fronted by an Elvis impersonator who rock a wide range of contemporary hits (“Baby Got Back,” “Rock the Casbah,” “Seven Nation Army”) just like The King, thank you very much. Graceland Ninjaz play back-to-back shows at House of Blues on January 31–February 1 ($15), but try to get there a little early, because wise men say only fools rush in.

ROSE-COLORED LASS: Pink enjoyed a spectacular year in 2013. The Truth About Love tour was a huge critical success (and wildly popular with fans); “Just Give Me a Reason,” her collaboration with Nate Ruess, scored a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year; and Billboard named her Woman of the Year. The high-energy show is truly a sight to behold: a Cirque du Soleil-like spectacle with Pink delivering soaring vocals while demonstrating her considerable acrobatic skills. But this tour isn’t just about bungee cords, bright lights and tender ballads. Pink is an enormously likeable, natural performer with a gift for connecting with fans on an emotional level. When the tour wraps up at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31 ($59.50-$149.50), fans will remember a lot more than the career-spanning setlist or the high-wire work. They’ll remember leaving happy.