Monday, Aug. 6, 2018|2 a.m.
Stevie Wonder may be the most perfect act for a repeating residency at Park Theater. So far the 5,200-plus modern location at Park MGM has hosted such headliner shows from Cher, Ricky Martin and Bruno Mars (with Lady Gaga set to sign up with the lineup in December), but only the chart-topping Mars has actually had the ability to load the theater with an energetic audience like the one Wonder drew for the very first of his 5 shows on August 3.
This series is called “The Stevie Marvel Song Celebration: An Event of Life, Love & & Music,” and the 68-year-old legend’s joyous charisma, staggering musical ability and resoundingly effective voice are all that’s needed to make good on that party guarantee. Backed by an 11-piece band consisting of 3 vocalists and a DJ, Wonder bounces through his cherished brochure of timeless tunes, never ever lingering too long in a romantic ballad or emotional jam session and sprinkling in sweet pop hits like “I Just Called to State I Love You” occasionally. For the first Friday night show, the crowd really came alive with the cool opening chords of “Higher Ground” and kept dancing for “Do not You Worry ’bout a Thing.”
Wonder sometimes let the DJ spin a preferred track of his own or somebody else’s for a bit prior to the band participated in for a live variation or transitioned into a various tune, like Michael Jackson’s smooth “I Cannot Help It,” which resulted in the reggae grooves of “Master Blaster.” He called his audience the Marvel Singers and let us belt out most of “My Cherie Amour,” and we liked it however most likely didn’t sound excellent. He sang John Lennon’s “Picture” while playing the harpejji, a 10-year-old electrical instrument that plays and seems like a guitar-piano hybrid– something that seems particularly fit for Stevie Wonder.
If you can make it to among the next programs, plan to obtain inside Park Theater early. This was the third time I have actually attended a performance occasion here and handled long, slow lines getting in the place, and you will not wish to miss out on a single song in this set. Hopefully this brief run leads to a longer one for Marvel at Park MGM.
The Stevie Wonder Tune Party continues at 8 p.m. August 8, 10 and 11 at Park Theater at Park MGM (3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-730-7777) and more details can be discovered at mgmresorts.com.