Jingle Ball 2016 jives some-more with a boys than a girls

December 8, 2016 - Jonas Brothers

The Jingle Ball, begun some-more than 20 years ago as a New York Christmastime pop-hop radio concert, now plays out in several cities on several nights with changeable star line-ups.

This holiday season, Bruno Mars and Britney Spears have played on a tour, and a showcase for Friday in New York will underline Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. It will be streamed live on a CW network app.

All of cocktail radio’s hit-makers with a tween-heavy assembly are represented. At Philly Q102’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball during a Wells Fargo Center, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, Diplo, Ellie Goulding, DNCE, Charlie Puth, Tove Lo, Alessia Cara, and Lukas Graham took a stage.

Tove Lo, wearing a mustard-colored top, wriggled opposite a stage.

Elle Goulding landed piercingly soulful moments, yet her insinuate sound requires pointed arrangements, not a souped-up synth of “Anything Can Happen.”

Fifth Harmony did a ardent and silken horn-honking formula of hop-pop handsomely on “Boss,” yet a childish assembly was fractious by 11:10 p.m.

Still, Canada’s Alessia Cara strike a romantic honeyed mark with a smart-alecky and smoldering “Here.” Brava.

Philly ostracise DJ Diplo looked stupid spinning EDM for tweens (his common assembly is Vegas VIP boozers), and Joe Jonas, late of a Jonas Brothers, seemed out of place singing by voice processors to stomping electro-disco.

But Graham was a high-voiced charmer whose piano-plinking tunes talked of blank fathers, baby daughters, and, depressingly, what he’ll be like during 60 in a strain “7 Years.”

Speaking of piano, Rumson, N.J., local Charlie Puth went from hammering a 88s a la Jerry Lee Lewis to anticipating a honeyed cocktail mark of a modern-day Billy Joel with swoon-worthy lyrics and squooshy chord changes on songs like “One Call Away.”

Top child yet was Shawn Mendes, who used his prowling reduce register on soulfully slinky Princelike numbers such as “Ruin/Do we Ever Cross Your Mind.”

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