Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 | 10:03 p.m.
Radio.com’s Summer Pool Fiesta kicked off with Jason Derulo yelling “We in Vegas, baby!” as he walked onto the stage at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Donning red skinny jeans and a black tank top, Derulo and his four backup dancers were welcomed onstage by screaming fans waving pink glow sticks. He started off the evening with “Don’t Wanna Go Home” as the near-capacity crowd sang along.
Derulo’s setlist included some of his better-known songs such as “Ridin’ Solo,” “It Girl,” “Whatcha Say,” “In My Head” and his current hit, “The Other Side.” His songs and choreography were a huge hit with fans. Derulo’s backup dancers each got to take center stage during an instrument-only song to show off their skills.
The highlight of the night for his fans, however, may have been when he ripped off his shirt while singing “In My Head,” giving everyone a view of his (well-maintained) six-pack. (Derulo, incidentally, is dating fellow singer Jordin Sparks.)
Robin Thicke, the headliner of the evening, took the stage at 10:45 holding a gold microphone. His four-piece band, three backup singers and he didn’t leave the audience waiting. His first song was his #1 mega-hit “Blurred Lines,” which was surprisingly better live than any of the recorded versions.
His short setlist included “Lost Without U,” “Take It Easy on Me” and “Oh Shooter.” Thicke, who taught himself to play piano at age 12, took to the keys of a black grand piano to perform “Dream World.” It was one of his best songs of the evening.
Thicke ended his performance 45 minutes after taking the stage, leaving some fans surprised that he didn’t perform an encore. Nonetheless, the musical capabilities of Thicke and his band was enough to turn some into love-struck admirers. One fan remarked on her way out, “I wasn’t a fan of him before, but now I am. He is so sexy.”
It was clear that Derulo and Thicke had fun while performing at Boulevard. Sammy Adams served as the opening act, and actors Jerry O’Connell and Chris Smith of CBS’ upcoming comedy “We Are Men” hosted the night.
Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery.
Megan Capinegro is a page designer at the Las Vegas Sun.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.