Bubl?PI in Buffalo

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The Spectrum

The crooner tunes and big band numbers aren't the only styles Michael Bublé knows how to perform.

Bublé and his band came to HSBC Arena Wednesday night to sing songs ranging from his original "At this Moment" to the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling." It was evident from the start that he wanted to ensure an energetic time for all in attendance.

"If you want to dance then get up and dance," Bublé said. "Don't worry about people telling you to be quiet. This is your night."

His fans seemed to take that as a sign to let loose and go crazy. A pack of ravenous middle-aged woman danced and sang like teenagers, while countless college students jumped around as Bublé covered Michael Jackson's famed "Billie Jean."

"It was the best concert he's done," said Tara Bodziak, a junior business major. "He was so funny and charming. It was amazing."

Bublé took time out of the show to sign autographs and take pictures with his followers, showing the appreciation he has for his fan base.

"I've wanted to be able to sing for audiences since I was a kid," Bublé said. "Well, actually, I wanted to be an actor after I saw Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

Bublé then went on to play "Shake it Up Baby," the song from Bublé's favorite scene in the movie, which brought the entire crowd to its feet.

"This was the most amazing concert I've ever been to," said Amanda Lombardo of Buffalo. "I didn't want it to end."

Bublé's audience ranged from those fresh out of the womb to those with one foot in the grave. While some people stayed seated, others were on their feet for the entire concert, jumping and singing in perfect time with Bublé's performance.

Bublé also made it clear that he has a great appreciation for his supporting bandmates. He gave each of his band members an introduction and joked around with them throughout the duration of the concert.

"I truly believe that these are some of the greatest musicians in North America," said Bublé. "I'm going to get out of the way and let them play."

The band members then each traded turns playing in the spotlight, showcasing their vast array of talents. Their skill was not lost on the crowd, as everyone in attendance seemed to get into their performances.

"This has been one of the best nights of my life," said Aubree Cudney of Buffalo. "He is so funny and seems so sweet."

While Bublé was the main attraction, his opening act, Naturally 7, got the crowd going from the get-go.

Naturally 7 is an a cappella group that mixed its R&B-inspired sound with humor to get concertgoers out of their seats and on their feet. Using only their wide range of vocal talent, the group members recreated the sounds of drums, guitars and DJs for an authentic hip-hop feel.

The crowd was on its feet while Naturally 7 sang Motown songs and taught audience member how to dance.

"My favorite is the man who does the bass," Bodziak said. "It's incredible how low he can get his voice."

Bublé also called the group out to participate in a few songs with him. They then walked all around the audience, singing and dancing with the crowd.

After the show, the group was singing autographs and taking pictures with those who were willing to buy a CD.

"I gushed at every song," Cudney said. "Both Naturally 7 as well as Michael Bublé seemed to leave the audience wanting more."

Bublé came out for an encore, during which he sang "Me and Mrs. Jones," originally performed by Billy Paul, and ended the concert singing without a microphone or any instruments.

Despite the snowstorm that awaited concertgoers outside, Bublé fans left HSBC Arena "Feelin' Good."

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