Fans flooded into the San Jose Event Center to see a handful of their favorite artists at 99.7 Now’s third annual Triple Ho Show. The concert is becoming a holiday tradition as well as a notoriously tough ticket. This marked the concert’s third sell out. Carly Rae Jepsen, Austin Mahone, Owl City, Conor Maynard, Psy, and Cher Lloyd all shared the spot light and gave the audience an early holiday gift.
Justin Bieber is no dummy. When he heard what would become Jepsen’s smash hit “Call Me Maybe,” he, and his management team, wasted no time in making sure the two joined forces. Jepsen is indeed the whole package. She strutted on stage early to share vocal duties with Adam Young during her second mega hit “Good Time.” When she did, the crowd erupted.
The night was full of surprises. The fans were kept in the dark when it came to the artist line up. The station DJ’s whipped them into a frenzy as the audience yelled out names taking a guess at which star would grace the stage next.
Psy’s appearance was short lived, it was “Gangam Style,” and out. But the sight of him created such a reaction that the fans were doing his signature dance well into the next artists set. Who knows how long Psy will be relevant, but for now he sure is entertaining. It’s difficult not to start dancing along with him.
Jepsen returned for a longer set later in the night and didn’t disappoint. She’s comfortable on stage, held her own vocally and most of her material sounds radio ready. She was even savvy enough to have two separate wardrobes for the occasion anticipating that she would make an early appearance. Look for Jepsen to head line her own tour soon. She’s no one hit wonder.
After Cher Lloyd kind of rapped and kind of sung her way through a quick set, it was time for Austin Mahone. And he induced tears. Young girls who had won front row seats from the station were sobbing when Mahone finally emerged. Donning a Trukfit hat and a matching Trukfit shirt Mahone launched into a solid performance that left a big impression. This wasn’t his first time in the Bay Area. He had also made a quick appearance at the station’s Summer Splash concert in August, and had received the same reaction from the audience. Mahone is a record executive’s dream. He has the sound, the look and the charisma. His future looks to be heading towards sold out arenas and platinum albums.
Every year the Triple Ho Show brings in an eclectic line up that represents exactly what the fans have been listening to throughout the year. The concert never disappoints and always sells out. The only difference this year was the Price is Right moment that happened center stage between acts when a car was given away to a speechless listener. Fans will have to wait until next year to find out exactly how the Triple Ho Show will top its 2012 edition.