Don’t worry, Pitbull fans. Mr. Worldwide is already in town, ready to headline KTUphoria 2016 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday with his pal Enrique Iglesias and the Backstreet Boys.
There won’t be a repeat of last year’s last-minute cancellation when Pitbull’s plane was grounded due to a Florida storm.
“I want to personally apologize that we didn’t make it last year, but we will be there this year,” Pitbull told WKTU/103.5 FM hosts Cubby & Carolina in April, confirming his KTUphoria appearance. “It’s always an amazing show and always a great crowd that comes out who’ve been showing love for many, many years. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
It’s actually a tribute to how much fun was had at the festival — which returned to Nikon at Jones Beach Theater last year after several years away — that more people weren’t more upset by Pitbull’s absence.
“Everything was going so well last year until we found out about Pitbull,” said WKTU’s program director Rob Miller, the Patchogue native who decided to bring the station’s summer kick-off show back to Jones Beach. “It wasn’t as bad as it could have been because I think people had a good time.”
And Miller hopes to build on last year’s relaunch with this year’s eclectic slate of performers, including the legendary Nile Rodgers, Mike Posner and newcomers The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha.
“KTU is very much a unique station,” he said. “We want this to reflect that at a concert venue. That’s why there’s such a wide range of artists at the show.”
Miller calls KTUphoria the station’s Super Bowl because it kicks off the dance powerhouse’s most popular season, as well as its commercial-free weekends for the summer. And they plan to celebrate with some of what should be the summer’s biggest hits — with The Chainsmokers doing their current Top 5 hit “Don’t Let Me Down,” Posner performing the Top 5 hit “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” and Pitbull and Iglesias teaming for their new hit “Messin’ Around” — as well as some classics.
“We just want people to feel good,” Miller said. “Dance music is like the musical fountain of youth. It’s all about having a good time.”
WHEN|WHERE 7 p.m. Saturday, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh
INFO $25-$199; 516-221-1000, livenation.com