After seeing Taylor Swift perform at Levi’s Stadium, attending a few local concerts on dates with her dad, and going to a music festival in the park, my daughter Natalie has fallen in love with live music — just like her mom and dad!
So when we saw that Selena Gomez would be performing at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento as part of her Revival Tour, I knew we had to get tickets and make it a mom and daughter date night.
After dinner we headed to the Sleep Train Arena just in time to see Bea Miller and DNCE, the openers for the North American leg of the “Revival” Tour. And we had great seats! To quote my daughter directly, “Wow! Dad did good. These seats are amazing!”
Opener: Bea Miller
17-year-old Bea Miller, who placed ninth on season two of The X Factor was the first opener for Selena Gomez.
To be honest, I didn’t know who she was and Natalie had only heard of one of her songs, but we enjoyed her performance. The arena wasn’t very full when she took the stage, and I know it’s got to be hard for a performer to give it their all when more than half the seats are empty, but she took the stage like a champ and sang her heart out.
She sang tracks from her 2015 album Not An Apology, featuring Young Blood, Fire N Gold, Force of Nature, and I Dare You.
Selena’s fellow disney alumnus Joe Jonas’ band DNCE took the stage after Bea Miller and brought high energy and fun to the stage with odd neon imagery on four large background screens, big personalities, and movement all across the stage and into the audience.
DNCE, fronted by Joe Jonas, features guitarist JinJoo Lee, bassist/keyboardist Cole Whittle, and drummer Jack Lawless. They played a mix of their own songs, including a new song, and covers, and wrapped their set with their 2015 debut single Cake By The Ocean.
Selena Gomez’s Revival Tour — Sacramento
Selena Gomez’s Worldwide Revival Tour, promoting her second solo studio album Revival, is her first tour since the 2013 Stars Dance Tour.
I loved Selena as Alex on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place and have enjoyed most of her newer solo music, although I do think some of her newer songs try a little too hard to sound sexy — and that’s what I took from her concert as well.
Now don’t get me wrong. Selena Gomez is a beautiful and talented performer with an incredible voice who put on a great and entertaining show. But the pre-recorded videos that played during each costume change were overly provocative — more so than they needed to be. One video even showed her totally naked in a bathtub and that’s when Natalie looked at me and said, “Um… that’s a bit too far!”
At times it was also very hard to actually hear her singing, as the music was much louder than her mic.
The overly sexual videos aside, Selena put on an entertaining show with moving set elements, fireworks, costume changes, and confetti. She commanded the stage with confidence and continued the high energy DNCE brought to the stage through the entire concert. She showed her softer side, connecting with the audience between songs, and her musical talents by playing the piano on as well.
Natalie and I had a blast dancing in our awesome seats together — it’s definitely a night we’ll both remember.
Selena Gomez Concert Set List
May 10, 2016
- Same Old Love
- Come & Get It
- Good for You
- Slow Down
- Love You Like a Love Song
- Hands to Myself
- Who Says
- Feel Me
- Me & My Girls
- Me & the Rhythm
- Body Heat
- Sweet Dreams
- Kill Em With Kindness
- I Want You To Know
- Encore: Revival