Nostalgia with a fresh new sound: Jonas Brothers brought both to Raleigh show

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent

   RALEIGH — The Jonas Brothers brought joy and excitement to fans Wednesday night at the PNC Arena.
The Happiness Begins Tour is a milestone for the three brothers — it is their first tour since disbanding in 2013. The concert reflected both the nostalgia of the Jonas Brothers we knew and loved as young children, and the fresh, new sound that they now showcase.
After energetic openers Jordan McGraw and Bebe Rexha, fans waited in anticipation for the brothers to appear. They were not disappointed — Joe, Nick and Kevin descended on a platform decked out in stylish blue, orange and green outfits, respectively. They performed the new song, “Rollercoaster,” followed by an old favorite, “S.O.S.”
Much to fans’ delight, the beloved songs kept on coming with nostalgic hits like “Lovebug” and “When You Look Me in the Eyes” and tracks from the new album such as “Only Human” and “Comeback.” Nick and Joe even brought back songs from their solo careers — “Jealous” and “Cake by the Ocean,” complete with floppy inflatable creatures sprouting from the ground and colorful neon lights.
   The night ended with “Year 3000,” a crowd favorite. But that wasn’t the true finale. The brothers returned for a well-deserved encore with “Burnin’ Up” accompanied by real fire, and finally, smash hit “Sucker.”
Throughout the night, it was obvious that the Jonas Brothers were not simply putting on a show for attention, but they were truly appreciative of and humbled by their fans’ love and support. Their faces showed true passion and dedication for their music, which allowed concertgoers to leave feeling truly connected with the brothers.

Hollyann Gardner is a rising high school senior at Alamance Community College and a Teens & 20s writer.

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