Arts & Music
Bieber, other headliners don't disappoint Jingle Ball crowd
TAMPA - Some of the hottest acts in music including superstar Justin Bieber helped usher in the Christmas spirit at 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball concert Sunday night. Bieber, the final act of the evening, took the Forum stage around 9:30 p.m. to deafening screams. Clad in red and white and wearing dark shades, he launched into "Beauty and a Beat" and "All Around the World" before singing some Christmas tunes. He then stripped to a T-shirt for "As Long As You Love." The place went wild when he closed with "Baby," which also featured pyrotechnics.Clear Channel Media and Entertainment hosts the annual nationwide Jingle Ball tour to showcase top recording artists and emerging new talent. "We want to put on a show that is family-friendly, but we also want to be cool," said Tommy Chuck, program director for WFLZ (93.3 FM). "Kids love it because it's upbeat and fun and features some of the hottest acts in the country, parents know it's safe and their kids aren't going to hear any vulgarities. The four-hour show Sunday also featured performances from Ke$ha, One Republic, Ed Sheeran, Sean Kingston, Walk the Moon and The Ready Set. Indie-rock band Walk the Moon kicked things off and they didn't disappoint during its high-octane mini-set that included "Anna Sun" and "Tightrope." Swoon-worthy One Republic performed hits including "Apologize" and "Secrets," and Ke$ha performed a medley of tunes such as "Tick Tock" and "Die Young." Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Sheeran entertained with "Drunk" and "Kiss Me." Each artist performed 30-minute acts for the sold-out crowd that included a mostly young audience – with a few brave parents in the mix. Frank Norsbeth brought 12-year-old daughter, Mila, and three of her friends, who were chanting Bieber's name outside a tour bus hours before he took the stage. "He's the cutest, most talented singer on the planet," said Mila Norsbeth, her friends echoing her comments. "But I like everyone that's here. I want to see One Republic, too."