KIIS FM Jingle Ball Concert

So my son is sorta obsessed with that song, “Gangnam Style” {over 900 million hits on YouTube} by Psy. Have you heard of it? I’m sure you have. While listening to the radio sometime in early November, I heard KIIS FM advertise their “Jingle Ball” concert series that was happening on two dates in December, and Psy was performing on one of the dates. I immediately went to their website to find out more about the concerts. I also found out that both dates were SOLD OUT! Luckily there is this awesome website called Stubhub where you can buy and sell tickets to events. I bought my parents some tickets to a baseball game on Stubhub a few months ago, and my mom was very impressed with the service.

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Christmas Tree and Ice Skating Rink at Nokia Live and Staples Center

The concert was at Nokia Live, which is in Los Angeles. It is quite a drive from Orange County. I hadn’t told my son about the concert, because I didn’t want him to be an absolute spaz {freak} while at school that day. After work, I picked him and my mom up and we jumped on the freeway. About ten minutes into the drive, he would not shut up about asking where we were going, so I told him. I said that we were going to see his favorite singer, Psy. He literally did a fist pump in the air, and said, “yes yes yes”. He was a wee bit excited after that.

In front of the Christmas tree near Staples and Nokia Live

We got there early enough to eat dinner at ESPN Zone and to take some pictures. They had a beautiful Christmas tree, which was right in the middle of an outdoor ice skating rink. The kid really wanted to go ice skating, but umm hello, we had a concert to attend.

We finally got in line and headed in to find our seats. We were in the “orchestra section” which was perfect. I know that this sounds super expensive, but it wasn’t that bad. The tickets were about $125 each, and this was part of my son’s Christmas present.

KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012
I will have to say that the “production” of this show was amazing. KIIS FM seemed to have everything covered. The graphics and video monitors were fantastic, and the transitions between the different artists was flawless. While the artists {musicians, DJs, etc} were transitioning, they had some great videos of the KIIS FM staff playing, plus some celebrities speaking in the audience.

KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012

On each of the seats were foam light sticks, which were sponsored by #G by Guess. My son loved these light sticks, especially when the DJs were playing. I took a picture of Angry Kid and my mom before the show started. He is always making silly faces for the camera now. He is super tired of me taking a thousand pictures of him.

KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012

I was able to get pictures of most of the groups that played that night. Not all of the photos came out well. Nokia Live looked super awesome when all of the lights were turned off and you could see all of the light sticks lit up.

KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012
KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012
The first performer onstage was Owl City. I will have to admit that I’ve never heard of them before this event. I actually had to go online and do some research to see who they were. Trivia: Owl City has a song on the Wreck-It-Ralph movie, “When Can I see You Again?”.

The Wanted at KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012

After Owl City, The Wanted came on to perform. I’ve started to hear The Wanted, more and more on the radio. YES, I listen to the radio still, actually KIIS FM. I mostly use the I Heart Radio app on my iPhone when I’m trying to be productive at work.

The Wanted are British, which kinda made my mom and I swoon a little. They seemed like a great group of guys and were really interactive with the audience. I played their song, “Glad You Came” on my iPhone like one time for my son, and he was singing along when The Wanted sang that as their last song of the night. My son really likes them too. Just don’t tell my husband that the kid likes this kind of music, giggle.

My son was amazed at Zedd’s performance. Zedd is an electro-house producer aka DJ. With neon images on the screen behind him, and the bass thumping, my son was able to get the most out of his light stick, and got his groove on also. My favorite part was when he played Calvin Harris’ “Feel So Close”, which is one of my top ten songs right now. My mom commented on how she “could feel the floor thumping”. I said, “Yep, it’s almost like we are at a rave”.

After the thumping from Zedd, we were treated to an acoustic performance from Fun. It was a nice change and really listening to Fun was super fun! My favorite part was when they ended with their hit, “We Are Young”. It was super popular in the Spring and Summer, and I knew every word, of course. The entire audience was singing along and it was AMAZING. It left a big smile on my face.

Afrojack with special guest Pitbull at KIIS FM Jingle Ball
After Fun ended, the bass started thumping again with Afrojack. Afrojack another electro-house producer had quite a production with awesome graphic images on the screen behind him, and special guests like Shermanology and even Pitbull. I had heard Afrojack’s productions before, but seeing him in concert was awesome. I think Afrojack’s performance was probably my most favorite from The Jingle Ball. He mixed all of the songs that I love and made them even better as compilations. With the bass turned up, the light sticks, and the graphics, it was almost like I was in a dance club. The kid was dancing all around. He is also quite obsessed with Afrojack now, and wants to hear “more music from him”.

Psy does Gangnam Style at KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012
And then Psy came onstage…I thought my son might start crying when he saw Psy up there. He started screaming so much. My mom and I were giggling at his excitement. It was just too cute. I’m not sure if my mom realized how obsessed the kid was.

Angry Kid does Gangnam Style
It was pretty hilarious to watch a 7-year old boy standing on his chair at a concert, dancing along to “Gangnam Style”. It was also quite impressive. My mom was amazed. You can kind of see her in the picture just staring at him. Even though Psy came onstage and sang that one and only song, my son was super happy! And my mom got to observe his dancing skills, the kid obviously, not Psy’s.

Flo Rida at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012

With all of these awesome artists, you would think that the night would be over already…but oh no, there were still three performances to go on. My son was starting to get tired, but as soon as the music started, he was up dancing again.

Flo Rida was the next up on the stage. I know must of Flo Rida’s songs, just because I probably have all of them downloaded onto my iPhone. His music is great for running. With the addition of the singer, StayC, onstage with him, it was a great performance. Flo Rida actually ran around the stage and threw money out in the audience, which was a bit crazy, but fun for everyone up front, I’m sure. Flo Rida also got onto a security guard’s shoulders and went up and down the aisles singing to the audience. I completely forgot that he sang, “Apple Bottom Jeans” but the audience roared with delight when that song started up.

Mom of the Year!! Enjoying @KIISFM1027 #JingleBall @NokiaLive! Kid cannot wait for @psy_opa! First concert! You should hear the girls screaming for Bieber!

I posted this photo of me and the kid during the concert on Instagram while we were still there. Doesn’t he look happy? I think so! Best concert ever!

Ke$ha performing at The KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012

I was squealing with excitement when Ke$ha came on. With a gold leotard, glitter, sequins, and sparkle….Ke$ha was quite a visualization. Her music is on the top of my running playlists.

Although many people might not like Ke$ha, I enjoyed her performance. Ke$ha also covered almost every rock concert cliche that you could get: 1. leotard 2. ripped tights 3. glitter 4. sequins 5. sparkly microphone 6. back-up dancers 7. playing the guitar 8. dancing 9. playing a drum(s) and 10. attempting to do a cartwheel.

Ke$ha performing at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012
But really I have left a major part of the night out. Justin Bieber was the headliner of this concert. Justin Bieber was probably the main reason that most people were actually at this event. There were thousands of girls wearing t-shirts with his picture on it. They were screaming his name throughout the night. It was quite obnoxious actually.

My son kept asking me why all of these girls were screaming and crying over Justin Bieber. I just laughed. He was started to get tired at the end of the night and I said that we would leave before he came on…and then the chanting started. He decided that we needed to stay a few more minutes until Justin Bieber was onstage, so that he could check it all out.

When Justin Bieber came onstage everyone was chanting and then people started crying when he came on and starting singing. It was quite a sight. But the kid barely lasted through one song, he commented “I’m ready to go now, he sounds like a girl when he sings”..and with that we left.

I posted about getting these tickets and being excited about it on my Facebook Fan Page. I got tons of nasty comments, so I deleted the post. Geez people!! There were thousands of kids in the audience, and for the most part, this was a pretty kid-friendly concert. I mean really, Justin Bieber was the headliner for this event. My kid had a blast and passed out asleep right when he sat in the car. He was fine at school the next day and asked when the next concert was.

But really, Justin Bieber coming on-stage at 10:30pm was super late, and enough of the crotch grabbing Biebs…

P.S. I highly recommend The Jingle Ball and cannot wait to see who’s playing at it next year!

6 comments
Aracely
Aracely

Love the recap Julie! You are an awesome mom! The pictures of Angry Kid dancing are priceless! Love it! Mikey just went to his first concert with Mike last Thursday. They saw the Polyphonic Spree. He loved it! Fun post! P.S. Your pics rock!

Cindy B
Cindy B

Seriously...you are the coolest mom EVA! Honestly...I feel bad for my 5 year old when I see the cool things you and Angry Kid attend! :)

Jenn
Jenn

Haha, I do the "long drive" from your city to LA 4-5x a week! I kinda don't know what to answer when people ask where I live- I think I'm bi-county! Anyway, looks like ya'll had a blast! :)

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Aww thanks Aracely! Caden loved the concert.He is still asking to attend another one.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

HAHAHA, I have a busy child and it always seem that I'm constantly trying to entertain. Sometimes, I feel that he will remember the experiences more than just the "stuff".