94.7 Presents The Merry Mix Show with The Backstreet Boys
Special guests Michael Franti, Marc Roberge from O.A.R with Jon Lampley, and Nina Nesbitt.
Thousands gathered at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park last night for the annual Merry Mix Show presented by Mix 94.7. With The Backstreet Boys scheduled to headline the night and as one of two only scheduled performances by them this year (other than their Las Vegas residency), excitement and buzz could be felt throughout the arena.
“I never thought I’d get the chance to see the boys live,” said attendee Leslie H., “Fifteen year old me is freaking out right now!” She has been anticipating the opportunity to see The Backstreet Boys live for over 10 years.
From across the pond, songstress Nina Nesbitt kicked off the show as her last scheduled performance for the year. Within 2018, Nina has generated an impressive amount of growth: topping the chart globally and amassing upwards of 100 million streams to date. Having recently returned from her tours to support Jesse McCartney and MAX, Nina will be headlining her own tour in the United States in the spring.
“I’ve got a little something special for you,” Nina said “I love Britney and so I hope you sing along to this one if you know it.”
The crowd cheered loudly and began to dance when they realized she was covering “Toxic” by Britney Spears.
She concluded her performance with her radio hit “Loyal to Me” which echoed the arena as the audience sang along. I hope to catch her again next spring when she returns to Antone’s.
Performances by Marc Roberge from O.A.R with Jon Lampley soon followed. They started off with “Shattered (Turn The Car Around)” which broke my heart into a million pieces. I’ve always admired this song’s ability to speak on heartbreak and pull all the heartstrings. Jon Lampley brought his smooth tunes and moves as he slayed his notes on the trumpet.
When Michael Franti took the stage, the arena filled up with life. The audience’s energy aligned with Michael’s as everyone danced and clapped along to “Say Hey (I Love You).” Every member on the stage performed with a smile across their faces.
Having read about Billboard describing Michael as “a groove-heavy and often joyous affair” I could definitely echo that as my first time seeing him perform live that it was true. His positivity was felt throughout the venue.
With much anticipation, the audience became antsy waiting and chanted for the Backstreet Boys. About five minutes later, the lights faded out and the stage lit up allowing you to see five silhouettes taking the stage. The Backstreet Boys kicked off their performance with “Larger Than Life.” Their stage presence was eminent and stadium felt like it came to life.
Throughout the performance, their carefully thought out and uniformed dance moves added flare to their performance. The production was visually appealing with colors and geometric shapes. The crowd was loud, singing along to every word. The group performed their latest release “Chances” which will be a part of their new album to release early next year. The filled up with phone lights as everyone swayed to “As Long As You Love Me.”
The Backstreet Boys concluded with “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” along with confetti. The crowd was the loudest then as they sang every word along, feeling a sense of nostalgia. Although the performance of seven songs was shorter than anticipated, it gave a taste of what the 2019 DNA World Tour would be like. Their ability to light up the crowd gives me no doubt that their upcoming tour is one not to miss.