Bebe Rexha, Spencer Ludwig and Daniel Skye at the Wonder Ballroom on March 13, 2017

The house lights dim and the stage fills with clouds of smoke. An absolutely stunning Bebe Rexha enters. Wrapped in a full-length fur coat and saturated in red lights, she opens her set with “Bad Bitch,” setting the tone for what would be a stellar performance filled with infectious beats and great pop songs.

Rexha's 15-song set featured several memorable moments: The acoustic performances of “I'm Gonna Show You Crazy" and "I Can't Stop Drinking About You” showcased the versatility of her vocals while the performances of pop hits like "Monster Under My Bed," “Me, Myself & I” and "Hey Mama" were highlights of her set.

But what stood out to me was her genuine ability to connect with her fans. She is truly infectious—watching the joy on her face as her fans chanted the choruses to what seemed like every single song was quite touching. Feeding off energy from the crowd, she had the room shaking as fans jumped and danced to her hit “I Got You” when Rexha herself jumped up on a speaker riser seemingly taking the room to the next level as she strutted her stuff to the end of a fantastic pop show that concluded with her hitting a note that literally blew me away—leaving no doubt that this young woman can sing. Hey Bebe, you got me!

Opening sets by Daniel Skye and Spencer Ludwig were added treats. From the moment Ludwig took the stage, he brought the show to life with his stellar trumpet playing and stylish moves reminiscent of James Brown and Prince. His sound, a great mix of funky jazz, R&B and pop, is upbeat, positive and fun. Bringing great energy to the stage, Ludwig is a very talented musician who clearly pours his soul into his music. I would highly recommend catching this rising star the next time he comes to town.

Brendan Swogger sat down with rising jazz and pop star Spencer Ludwig prior to the show. Check out his conversation below!

Nothing will stop a crowd of pop fans, not even a torrential downpour. This much was evident walking up to the Wonder Ballroom on a Monday night in March where hundreds, soaked by the rain, waited for doors to open for the night’s show with Bebe Rexha. The pop sensation has been on tour for the better part of two weeks in support of her latest EP, All Your Fault: Pt. 1, with two very promising opening acts in tow:... read more

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