Erik Kabik / Retna / ErikKabik.com
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 | 11:56 p.m.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Bruno Mars celebrated Valentine’s Day Weekend by rocking the Mophie Stage at the new Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for two consecutive nights last Saturday and Sunday.
Both evenings, Australian DJ, singer, dancer and birthday girl Havana Brown, known for her hit “We Run the Night” featuring Pitbull, warmed up sold-out crowds with electric sets featuring popular remixes such as Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.”
Mars, one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive and the headliner of the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show, took the stage with his eight-piece band The Hooligans.
On Saturday, Mars charmed the crowd with hits from his current album “Unorthodox Jukebox,” including “Moonshine,” “Billionaire” and “Treasure.” True to Mars’ reputation for unpredictable shows, the pop star went old school with Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.”
The critically-acclaimed artist, who has an extended run at the Chelsea, began Sunday’s performance with “Natalie” before breaking into a round of remixes, from Outkast’s “So Fresh, So Clean” to a mash-up featuring Ginuwine’s “Pony” and R. Kelly’s “Ignition Remix.”
Romantic ballads such as “Nothin’ on You,” “Marry You” and “Just the Way You Are” completed the night at the Chelsea before Mars made his way to host his after-party at nearby Marquee.
Spotted in the crowd on Sunday were Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, who were joined by Black Sabbath bassist Terry Butler and his wife, Gloria. The group met Mars backstage before enjoying the concert from the second-floor gallery.
Mars returns to the Chelsea for six more scheduled performances this year: May 23-24, Aug. 22-23 and Oct. 17-18. Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery of Mars’ concert.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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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.