B96 Jingle Bash 2015 - Chicago
Allstate Arena - Rosemont, IL, USA - December 12, 2015
By Maggie Timmons
Photos by Dan Locke
I started off the night at the sold-out B96 Jingle Bash with a two minute countdown to the first performance of the night, Luke Hemmings (rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist), Calum Hood (bassist and vocalist), Ashton Irwin (drummer and vocalist), and Michael Clifford (lead guitarist and vocalist), but you may know them as 5 Seconds of Summer. They began the concert by singing, "You Look so Perfect," and overall, they had an outstanding performance singing all of their top chart songs. I felt 5 Seconds of Summer really got the crowd going.
Next on stage was OMI (born Omar Samuel Pasley); OMI preformed two of his most popular songs "Hula Hoop" and "Cheerleader" along with two additional songs. His songs were very catchy and had us on our feet the entire performance.
After OMI, Hailee Steinfield went on stage; you may know her as an actress in "Pitch Perfect 2" or her hit single "Love Myself." Hailee Steinfield's performance had such a positive message, telling the crowd to "love themselves" and an important message for the audience which included a lot of teenage girls.
Pentatonix (PTX) is a capella group, the members in this group are Avi Kaplan (bass), Scott Hoying (baritone), Kirstin Maldonado (mezzo-soprano), Kevin Olusola (cello), and Mitch Grassi (tenor). PTX performance was astonishing, although sadly they were the only group to sing a Christmas song, and actually besides their one Christmas song and the title of the concert there was not too much in the way of holiday decorations for a holiday themed concert event.
Once the Penatonix exited the stage, Shawn Mendes was up, singing his songs with just him and his guitar. Shawn was the adorable heartthrob of the night. The girls behind us were screaming and shouting and declaring their love for him along with the entire audience.
After Shawn Mendez, Jason Derulo showed off his singing and dancing skills, along his eight-pack when he whipped his shirt off, used it as a rag, and threw it out into the audience where two girls fought over it as if their lives depended on it. Derulo truly stole the show and also had the longest performance of the night.
For the final performance of the night, Demi Lovato went on stage. Lovato slayed her new album "Confident," and ended the night ironically with the song "Cool for the Summer."
Even though I was expecting more of a holiday themed concert, it still ended up being very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it if you know some of the artists songs but do not want to purchase tickets for a concert for just one single artist. It is also a great blend of kids, teens, parents and adults making for just a fun night out no matter your age!