The annual KDWB Jingle Ball packed St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center Monday night with a dozen current hitmakers playing their sets in front of 15,000+ screaming fans.
The diverse lineup, opened with pop Swedish singer Tove Lo and wrapped up four hours later, with Emo rockers Fall Out Boy. There was also Jingle Ball veteran Demi Lovato, two house shaking DJs (Zedd and Calvin Harris, who is better known as Taylor Swift’s current beau), piano pounder Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld. Hip-hop acts were represented this year with the fun and perky Becky G and Virgin Islands duo R. City who was joined on stage by Chloe Angelides. Returning Jingle Baller, 17-year-old Canadian Shawn Mendes, drew some of the loudest, lustiest screams from the crowd.
But two performances really stole the night. The first was former Jonas Brothers bander Nick Jonas, with a soulful, sexy set featuring his singles “Chains” and “Jealous” and fun covers of the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” and Bell Biv DeVoe’s classic “Poison.” The icing on the cake was performed by Jonas’ older brother Joe who showed up with his new disco-inspired band DNCE.
Fall Out Boy
R. City (with Chloe Angelides)