Bruno of Mars Returns to the Moonshine Jungle

Technically, Bruno Mars announced the second North American leg of the Moonshine Jungle Tour back in the middle of January. At the time there wasn’t much of a splash, but a couple of weeks (and a Super Bowl half-time show) later, and there’s quite a bit more buzz. This is not to say the first leg of the Moonshine Jungle Tour was a failure, though. It ranked 23 on the top tours of 2013, and sold out almost every show. Now it appears Bruno will have a pretty solid chance to place higher on the 2014 list.

The second leg brings Bruno to over 40 dates in the US and Canada. He’ll be joined by Aloe Blacc for most of them. Pharrell Williams will perform at select dates. No word on whether they were able to book his hat from Grammys. Bruno heads home to start things off, with shows at the Blasidell Arena in Honolulu. The tour is currently scheduled to wrap up in August at Englewood’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.

2014 Moonshine Jungle Tour Dates:

  • April 18 – Blasidell Arena, Honolulu, HI
  • April 19 – Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, HI
  • May 27 – Save Mart Center, Fresno, CA
  • May 28 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  • May 31 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
  • June 1 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
  • June 4 – BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
  • June 6 – FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
  • June 7 – New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
  • June 10 – Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, AR
  • June 11 – BJCC Arena, Birmingham, AL
  • June 13 – Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
  • June 14 – PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
  • June 17 – Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
  • June 18 – The Palace at Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
  • June 20 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago Heights, IL
  • June 21 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
  • June 23 – CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE
  • June 25 – Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI
  • June 27 – US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
  • June 28 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  • June 30 – First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY
  • July 2 – TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • July 9 – Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
  • July 11 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
  • July 12 – Hershey Park Pavilion, Hershey, PA
  • July 14 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • July 15 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • July 17 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
  • July 18 – Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH
  • July 20 – Times Union Center, Albany, NY
  • July 23 – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
  • July 24 – Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON
  • July 26 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
  • Aug. 2 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
  • Aug. 3 – Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK
  • Aug. 5 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
  • Aug. 9 – The Gorge Amphitheater, George, WA
  • Aug. 11 – Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR
  • Aug. 14 – Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Stateline, NV
  • Aug. 15 – SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, CA
  • Aug. 17 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, CO

Tickets for leg two of the Moonshine Jungle Tour are available on our Bruno Mars page.

Here’s “When I Was Your Man”, the last #1 hit from the Moonshine Jungle album. Bruno has a thing for ‘retro’, which pops up in the video for “Treasure” as well. I’m not against retro, I just wish the stuff he sees as retro didn’t date from my childhood…

The Week in TicketCity Search – Cups and Bowls Battle for the Top

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jan. 27th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 4 Katy Perry
2 9 Super Bowl
3 3 One Direction
4 8 WWE
5 1 Luke Bryan
6 10 George Strait
7 5 NY Knicks
8 - Monster Jam
9 - X Games
10 - Miley Cyrus

Big shuffle this week that puts Katy Perry in the top spot. She’s still a long way off from her summer Prismatic Tour, but excitement is building. By the time she hits North American shores, she’ll have to be less warmly dressed than football fans at MetLife Stadium this weekend. The Super Bowl couldn’t quite top Miss Perry, but lands in second place. We’ll see if this weekend’s searches can secure it a top spot next week. 1D once more ends up in 3rd place. If history is any guide they’ll be striking out for the top spot again in no time.

The WWE reaches the 4th spot as the journey down the Road to Wrestlemania begins in earnest. Luke Bryan tumbles from the top this week and lands in fifth place, followed by George Strait, who rebounds from his rough patch at #10 last week.

This week’s newcomers round out the countdown. ‘Tis the season for large vehicles and even larger tires. The Monster Jam is upon us, and fans have ample opportunity to see their favorites in action at arenas all over the country.

Coming to Austin for 2014, the Summer X-Games will be at the Circuit of the Americas this June. Featuring the usual selection of “extreme” sports, the Austin X-Games will also offer a large slate of musical performers. Headliners at the track’s Austin360 Amphitheater include Kanye West and the Flaming Lips.

Miley Cyrus returns this week at #10. Outside of one appearance a couple weeks or so ago, she’s been absent since her Jingle Ball appearances. Even the Bangerz Tour announcement didn’t really result in much traction. Still, said Bangerz dates approach rapidly, with things starting off in Vancouver soon. I know you’re thinking… isn’t “modern Miley” a tad “racy”? Fear not, I have a secret weapon: Ryan Secrest. Turns out he told her to, and I may be paraphrasing, “tone that crap down” for the New Year’s show. So here is PG(ish) Miley from her appearance on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve:

The Week in TicketCity Search – Roaring Prisms

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jan. 20th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 5 Luke Bryan
2 7 Houston Rodeo
3 3 One Direction
4 - Katy Perry
5 - NY Knicks
6 - Justin Bieber
7 9 Justin Timberlake
8 8 WWE
9 6 Super Bowl
10 1 George Strait

Interesting shake-up this week, with modern country securing the top spot and classic country taking a pretty big tumble. Luke Bryan makes the leap from #5 to snatch the crown from George Strait who hangs on, but only barely, at #10. Bryan is again part of the summer Country Megaticket shows, and judging by his performance here, the most anticipated among a strong group of performers.

Not only part of the Megaticket, Luke will be showing up at the #2 spot as well. The Houston Rodeo makes a strong climb from #7 last week. With little more than a month to go, expect some strong showings from the Rodeo in the coming weeks.

As mentioned earlier this week, Katy Perry’s new tour will be hitting North America this June. The Prismatic Tour is currently in Europe, but will be spending most of the summer in the US and Canada, wrapping up in Houston in October.

In what I can only assume is a bit of halo effect from “current events,” the Esteemed Mr. Bieber returns to our hallowed countdown halls. Not sure if the lack of any concert dates is a disappointment or a relief to the intrepid searchers…

Tradition demands I use a Katy Perry vid since she debuted on the countdown this week. I already posted the new one in the tour update, so we’re back to “Roar” now. The video is the touching story of a plane crash survivor learning to make her way in the jungle, and make clothes out of salad. The best fact I know about the video is that Katy Perry has a real pet cat named Kitty Purry, who is not the tiger in this video (or any other tiger, for that matter).

The Week in TicketCity Search – The Houston Rodeo Has Bands, Literally

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jan. 13th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 2 George Strait
2 - Seahawks
3 1 One Direction
4 7 Coachella
5 - Luke Bryan
6 10 Super Bowl
7 - Houston Rodeo
8 3 WWE
9 - Justin Timberlake
10 - Jason Aldean

George wins the week, with 1D falling to #3 thanks to a little more football fever. The Seahawks bid for the NFC championship shoots them to second place. They have home field advantage against the Niners this Sunday. Still time to pick up tickets to the game if you’re going to be in The 206 this weekend. Spoiler alert, there is a chance of rain. Those looking a little deeper into the playoffs pushed the Super Bowl up #6 this week.

Coachella gains three to land at #4. I suspect it will depart soon, as the actual shows are still a few months off. The post-announcement honeymoon is coming to a close. Familiar faces return this week, chief among them Luke Bryan. He is joined by countdown favorites Justin Timberlake and Jason Aldean a little further down the list.

The Houston Rodeo make this year debut in the seventh spot as the full concert schedule dropped this week. As usual, big names abound, including the aforementioned Mr. Bryan as well as the Eli Young Band, Usher, Maroon 5, Robin Thicke, and Keith Urban. Brad Paisley gets things started on 4th, and the Zac Brown Band will close things out on the 23rd.

Almost closing out the Houston Rodeo is The Band Perry, who will be performing on the 22nd of March. If you’re counting, and I am, that’s three “Bands” in the lineup this year. Instead of posting the insufferable promo video of them doing the Houston Rodeo line-up announcement, let’s just watch a video. This video is, I’ll say… “inspired by” the game of chess. Raises some questions about the artistic director’s familiarity with the fan base. On the other hand, it’s people running at either and then punching, so maybe I take that back.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Shake it like a Polaroid Picture of the Empire Polo Field

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jan. 6th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 3 One Direction
2 4 George Strait
3 6 WWE
4 - Lorde
5 - NY Knicks
6 - Miley Cyrus
7 - Coachella
8 - Brooklyn Nets
9 - Billy Joel
10 - Super Bowl

The countdown is shaking off the bowl hangover. Lots of new faces for January, though our top three are rather familiar. One Direction returns to #1, followed by George Strait. This little rumble will likely continue for months, at least until George does ride away or 1D is overtaken by the inevitable rise of the next boy band. The WWE rounds out the top three as the big January PPV approaches.

Which brings us to Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, who, probably for brevity alone, goes by the stage name “Lorde.” Lorde will departing Middle Earth for North America this spring. Her album Pure Heroine is quite the hit, with the biggest single “Royals” going 4x Platinum in the states. She’ll be swinging through central Texas early on the tour, so it’s likely she’ll be in the running for #1 as those dates draw nearer.

The NBA rounds out the top five. Deep in the mid-season both the Kicks and the Nets make countdown appearances.

Coachella hits #7 as the lineup for the 2014 festival landed yesterday. The biggest news is the headlining Outkast reunion. Other big names for 2014 include Lana Del Rey, Motorhead, Queens of the Stone Age, and, since, as mentioned earlier, she’ll be in the hemisphere, Lorde.

Since you’re probably maxing on “Royals”, here’s Lorde’s more recent single “Team,” which is pretty good too. The video is kinda weak, though. Seems like there was some kind of “artistic vision” here but it ended up being very, very cloudy. At least it matches the weather in the video.