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Michael Bublé shows new Nordstrom some Crazy Love

August 26, 2010 |  4:12 pm

Canadian singer Michael Bublé got what he always wanted in Santa Monica on Wednesday evening  -- and said as much during his performance of half a dozen songs at the new Nordstrom store in the recently renovated Santa Monica Place.

"It's a dream come true for me to play in a mall like this," he told the well-heeled crowd crammed into the shoe department on the lower level."I idolized [pop star] Tiffany growing up."

Buble_nordstrom The guests laughed along, finding it at least a little humorous that a multiple Grammy winner in the midst of a nationwide tour would perform at the opening of a mall store.

But it's not as odd a pairing as you might expect.

"Nordstrom has really been a class act," Bublé told the crowd. "They've been dressing my band for this whole tour."

The Seattle-based retailer has been doing more than dressing Team Bublé -- it's been the presenting sponsor of the whole U.S. leg of his current Crazy Love tour (which just so happens to be rolling into the San Diego Sports Arena on Friday).

The sartorial synergy can be found  -- among other places -- in a series of webisodes called "80 Suits" (the most recent one is currently posted on the singer's official website) and a dedicated section of Nordstrom's website that is merchandised to help men approximate his style.

But crooning to the crowd was more than helping out a sponsor -- it was also helping out a couple of worthy causes. The folks at Nordstrom told us that the expected 1,500 guests helped raise $150,000, which will be split between two nonprofit organizations: Chrysalis and Children’s Institute, Inc.

-- Adam Tschorn


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Photo: Michael Bublé performs Wednesday in the shoe department of the new Nordstrom at Santa Monica Place. The retailer is a sponsor of his U.S. Crazy Love tour. Credit: Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times