BY TIM CHAN
The singer dutifully promoted his ‘Rob’s Backstage Popcorn’ brand on-stage and off at the 2023 edition of the marquee Miami horse race
Joe Jonas throws popcorn while performing onstage at the Carousel Club at the 2023 Pegasus World Cup with LIV x Palm Tree Crew on January 28, 2023 in Hallandale, Florida GETTY IMAGES FOR 1/ST
The singer was a surprise guest during Kygo’s hour-long DJ set, which helped close the 2023 edition of the marquee Miami horse race. Curated by 1/ST and presented by Baccarat, this year’s race took place in front of 10,000 fans at Gulfstream Park in South Florida, with Art Collector scoring an upset victory.
The post-race entertainment was curated by Palm Tree Crew, and kicked off with a performance from OneRepublic, before Kygo took the stage. Jonas came on toward the end of the DJ’s set, singing the Kygo-assisted “Dancing Feet,” before launching into the DNCE hit, “Cake By The Ocean.” Along with his microphone, Jonas also took to the stage clutching a bag of Rob’s Backstage Popcorn, the snack brand that the singer co-created with his brothers and Jonas family friend Rob Garbowsky.
And while there were no T-shirt guns on the night, assistants began tossing bags of popcorn into the audience, while Jonas cracked open up his bag to shake out the contents into a crowd that included the likes of Maluma, Chantal Jeffries, Venus Williams and DJ Frank Walker (everyone knew Jonas was just being playful, of course).
The brothers have been dutifully promoting the sweet and salty popcorn in many of their public appearances, having first teased the collaboration during the Jonas Brothers “Remember This Tour” in 2021. Nick talked up the popcorn during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, while all three brothers made popcorn with Kelly Clarkson last fall (Clarkson actually has her own Rob’s Backstage Popcorn creation, with a barbecue flavor that launched last week).