MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Tickets went on sale on Monday, February 3rd for Bruno Mars' Summerfest show! This, one day after Mars performed during halftime of Super Bowl XLVIII! Bruno Mars headlines at the Marcus Amphitheater on Summerfest 2014's "Opening Night" -- Wednesday, June 25th, and right now, it's the hottest ticket in town!
Fans showed up in droves on Monday at the Summerfest Box Office in the hopes of securing tickets for Bruno Mars' Summerfest show in June.
"Bruno Mars! It's all about Bruno Mars! He's an incredible artist. I want to see him," Will Bachar said.
Going online would be a warmer way of getting the tickets, but Adam Michalesk says it wouldn't be the same.
"It's fun. It's more enjoyable. Rather than just going online and trying to find tickets. Come down here. It's nice and sunny out. Why not?" Michalski said.
Many who came for tickets Monday saw Mars' Super Bowl performance.
"I was just standing there watching him in awe. My goodness, who wouldn't like him?" Cindilee Michalski said.
Summerfest officials say having the tickets go on sale on Monday was perfect timing.
"Twitter was all lit up, not only about Bruno Mars, but also about his Summerfest show and we're really excited. I think folks over here are pretty excited too!" Summerfest Chief Marketing Officer John Boler said.
There was a method to getting the tickets on Monday.
"They have a lottery ticket system where you get a number and that will put your placement in line. They'll pick a number before tickets go on sale and then line you up," Bachar said.
However, a problem surfaced. It was supposed to be one number per person, but some were getting in line more than once.
"These are probably scalpers that are trying to work the system," Bachar said.
Officials figured out the problem and decided to redo the numbers. Folks were forced to show their numbers in order to get a new number.
"I was happy because now I was closer in line than I would have been because they had to redo the lines -- so it worked out for me!" Kim Sauer said.
Bruno Mars tickets can be purchased at the Summerfest Box Office -- or online, via Ticketmaster.com. CLICK HERE for details and to purchase tickets.
For those not familiar with Mars, here are just a few things to love about the guy:
1) He was a baby Elvis
As a child growing up in Hawaii, Mars performed with his family in a Vegas-style show. Born Peter Gene Hernandez, he was only 4 years old when his family heard him belting out some Motown tunes and added him to the act, which included his father, Pete, a percussionist, and his mother, Bernadette, a singer who passed away in 2013.
According to Mars, when he was a baby his dad wanted to call him Elvis, so at age 6 the tiny singer became one of the youngest Elvis impersonators in the world. Baby Bruno said he loved everything about his idol, including "his lip." Too cute.
2) He's a return to the singer-songwriter
Mars doesn't just belt out the tunes, Mars also writes them. While struggling to be discovered as a singer, he got his start in the industry writing hit songs for other artists, including Travie McCoy's "Billionaire," Flo Rida's hit "Right Round," and K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag," which became the theme song for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
3) He's really good at impressions
His turn on "Saturday Night Live" may not have gotten as much attention as, say, Justin Timberlake's, but there was no denying Mars was out of this world when he portrayed an intern at Pandora who has to imitate several artists -- including Green Day, Michael Jackson, Steven Tyler and Justin Bieber -- when the power goes out.
Not only was it hilarious, but his version of Bieber's "Boyfriend" was quite possibly better than the original.
4) He represents for the vertically challenged guys
He's a whole lot of talent packed into a little frame. Mars is reportedly 5-foot-5.
5) He can always find the bright spot -- even when being arrested
How can we forget that famous mug shot with him grinning when he was arrested for alleged drug possession? Mars later explained the smile by laughingly saying "I have no idea (why he smiled). It was a picture."
6) He really is as cute as a Monchhichi
We hooted when fans started pointing out the curly-haired resemblance to the Monchhichi doll, made popular in the 1980s. But there is no denying either the similarity or the utter cuteness of both.
7) He's a supportive brother
While his star has ascended, there are others in his family who are waiting in the wings to find fame. Four of his sisters have formed a singing group called The Lylas, and last year they launched a reality show on the WE network. While he didn't appear in the first season, his sisters said he offers plenty of advice -- even though when he does, "We pretty much ignore it," they have said.
They may want to start listening.