Robin Thicke and Pharrell
As part of the BleauLive concert series
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Better Than: Any typical Sunday funday that includes a concert and cocktails.
Is there anything better than a long weekend spent at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach?
It hasn't been voted one of the best hotels in the world for nothing. Now, just add Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and open bar.
Did we not just describe the perfect holiday?
The Fontainebleau and its BleauLive concert series has never let this city or its tourists down with the kind of acts they bring to town. Everyone from Lady Gaga to Ne-Yo has graced the hotel's stage. And to celebrate Labor Day, the 'Bleau brought in not just Robin Thicke, but Pharrell to entertain their guests.
Now, you might be asking, "Don't you have to stay there to go to the show?" Well, yes. With VIP packages that started around $600, guests from all lover the world traveled down for this music mania weekend.
But this is Miami, after all. So plenty of locals snuck in. We aren't sure how or who they had to blow for their ticket, but we saw plenty of familiar faces. You also could have taken a place on the pier that looks onto the hotel. About 200 people got a day at the beach and a show. Only in the 305, right?
After picking up the very coveted BleauLive concert wristband, partygoers were informed the party would be taking place on the lawn. The show had been described as "poolside" and we hoped to be able to wade in the actual pool, like July's iHeartRadio bash. But the stage was merely near one. And with degrees touching the 90-degree mark yesterday, being in a body of water would have been ideal.
Still, if there is one thing the Fontainebleau always gets right, it's open bar. Really, can you have a bad time anywhere with unlimited, high-quality booze? From tequila to vodka to beer, everything your little liver desired was all available at no charge.
The show was set to begin at 2 p.m. sharp. But this is Miami, so no one was surprised when the DJ announced that Pharrell was "coming out in five minutes" about ten different times before the star finally took the stage a fashionably 45 minutes late.
Now, we aren't going to come out and say that Pharrell put on a bad set. The man is to producing records as LeBron James is to basketball. But it's a little hard to judge a performance when very little performing was done. We would have to explain it as a lot of grooving, occasionally singing over a track, and lots of dancing with girls on stage. Like, a lot of girls. If you were wearing a two-piece to the show yesterday, there is a good chance you're currently bragging to friends about grinding with Pharrell, Miley Cyrus-style.
But it was nice to take a walk down musical lane with Mr. Williams. As he performed hits like "Holla Back Girl," "I Just Wanna Love You," and "Beautiful," you were quickly reminded why the hell you were so excited to see him.
Then it was time for Robin Thicke. And unlike his counterpart, the man puts on a hell of a show. Meaning, he actually sang his songs live, with a full band, a perfect outfit, and his immaculate voice. The man can move, interacts with the audience, and somehow makes slow jams on a Sunday funday seem totally appropriate.
After performing his own hits like "Lost Without You" as well as Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," there is no doubt a few babies were made last night. Oh yeah, that Robin Thicke, he will get you in the mood.
And before we knew it, Pharrell was back to perform "Blurred Lines." Maybe he had some Red Bull backstage or Mr. Thicke just gets him hyped, but we have now decided you haven't really lived till seeing these two on stage together.
So much swag for just one stage. Nice work, Fontainebleau. Nice work.
Show Highlight: There was no Miley Cyrus, foam finger, or flesh-colored wax bikinis for yesterday's Fontainebleau performance of the guys' summer hit. And thank God.
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Show Lowlight: Can we make it a general rule that outdoor events are banned till December?
Final Thought: We somehow are still not sick of "Blurred Lines." And after seeing it live, our obsession has only been taken to new heights.