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Welcome to Buffalo, Bruno Mars

Although Bruno Mars' show tonight at the First Niagara Center is officially sold out, roughly 400 tickets are available on StubHub, ranging from $15 to an alarming $1102.

If you're up to sitting in the 300s behind the stage, then $15.20 is all you'll need to acquire a ticket. Several seats are available on the floor, and those tickets range from $79 to $139.50. Have an abundance of cash and prone to overpaying? Two seats in Section 103 are selling for $1,102 -- apiece.

Monday night's show, which begins at 8 with opener Aloe Bacc (of "The Man" fame), isn't the first time that Mars has visited Western New York. He was booked for UB Fall Fest in 2010 with Jason Mraz -- read Jeff Miers' review of that show, and watch a grainy YouTube video just below.

Here's a snippet from Miers' September 2010 piece: "Mars and band were soulful, without fail, and they moved with grace through pop balladry, earnest power-pop, straight R&B "bedroom music" and even a little alterna-rock."

We're told that Mars has upped his "bedroom music" game over the last four years, so try to keep some self-control tonight.

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Here's Miers' glance at Bruno Mars in June 26's Gusto:

Reports from the road suggest that Mars is delivering a feel-good mini-festival, a blend of spectacle, soulfulness and showmanship. Of the three big shows, this one might prove to be the easiest to love. Mars is a genuinely talented singer, guitarist, dancer and drummer, and his high tenor voice is hitting its peak right about now.

The downside? Well, I’d certainly not be the first one to suggest that, though he is clearly a talent, Mars is not exactly breaking new ground. His act blends Motown, Prince, Michael Jackson and some James Brown-inspired dance moves into what several reviews from his tour to date have called a seamless and, according to Newsoberver.com, “super-tight” set marked by a show that provided “sensory overload from the start.”

What he may lack in originality, Mars tends to make up for through sheer dedication, enthusiasm and easygoing charm. He also knows his way around a melody. Expect “When I Was Your Man” to be a highlight. And make yourself comfortable, too – Mars tends to perform in the area of 100-plus minutes.

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Listen to Mars' most recent album, 2012's "Unorthodox Jukebox," below via Spotify:

 

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