Sunday, July 29, 2012

California Mid-State Fair fans go gaga over Big Time Rush

The popular Nickelodeon boy band thrills the crowd with “Windows Down”

The energy pulsing through the Chumash Grandstand Arena as Big Time Rush took the stage Monday at the California Mid-State Fair was matched by the four members of the band who hit the stage with their own energy, ready to entertain.
The boy band kept things lively with strong dance moves and vocals while playing to the crowd by jumping on an onstage trampoline, standing on an elevated stage during parts of the show and even doing a backflip here and there.
Band members Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena Jr. and Logan Henderson — all cast members of the hit Nickelodeon television show "Big Time Rush" — had the crowd screaming for more.
Teenagers and younger fans filled the grandstand wearing T-shirts stamped with their favorite band members' names and holding handmade signs high proclaiming their love for the band.
Even though the stands weren’t nearly full, the crowd there was loud and thrilled to be seeing the show, part of the Big Time Summer Tour. The Paso Robles concert was their 15th stop on the tour.
Cody Simpson, a young Australian pop singer, opened for the band.
The concert launched with Big Time Rush’s new song “Elevate” and continued with favorites including “The City is Ours,” “Love Me Love Me,” “If I Ruled the World,” and “Windows Down,” keeping fans on their feet through most of the show.
The band was great at engaging the crowd, even pulling four young girls onto stage to sing to them, and repeatedly thanking their Paso Robles fans for having them back.
The band opened for Selena Gomez & The Scene this past summer at the fair.
Since I’m no boy band expert, I thought I’d ask my 9-year-old daughter what she liked the most about the show. She was drawn to Big Time Rush's energy and the pyrotechnics she called “fireworks.”
She also liked that they played new songs as well as some of her older favorites.
By far, her favorite song was “Windows Down,” and judging from the way the crowd sang along, she wasn’t the only one that enjoyed it.

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