Who would have thought that I would attend a K-pop concert one day?
It’s another one of those situations where you tell yourself you want to try something different, and you never do.
This time, I went through with it.
On Friday, my sister Shalu and I ventured up to Newark, New Jersey for the 2PM ‘Go Crazy’ World Tour and it was one of the coolest experiences. We don’t speak or understand Korean, but we do speak music and that made the entire night ridiculously fun.
Shalu practically died Friday night (as did my arm every time she punched me when the members did something cool on stage). 2PM was the group that had started it all for her. For those of you who don’t know, Shalu loves K-Pop. In fact, exactly a year ago to this weekend, she saw Infinite, another one of her favorite bands, in concert.
In all seriousness, my description of the concert will not do it justice. 2PM brought with them a vibrant stage, fun graphics, and crazy energy. No pun intended. For a group that was apparently jet-leg and nervous (as was stated by the famed singers), their stage presence never faltered because of it.
Of course, there were points when I’m sure many people within the audience needed English subtitles to appear into thin air but it didn’t affect the experience at all. 2PM engaged the audience whether we understood Korean or not. And because Taecyeon and Nikhun’s attempts to push their brothers to speak English was adorable. Oh and there was that one point when they teased the audience that they would sing ‘Anaconda’ but instead started singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’. You just had to be there.
What surprised me the most was the audience’s demographics. There were people of all ages, races and ethnicities attending the concert. It wasn’t anything I had expected.
But in all honesty, the band’s members are very talented and I’m not surprised they have an international fan following. Each member has his own unique voice and style that made me appreciate their music even more. Seeing music videos versus experiencing someone’s talent live is a different story.
This was a fresh new experience for me and I’m confident this won’t be my last concert. You’re probably wondering how my sisters and I started listening to Korean music (there is so much more than Kpop!). No, it did not start with PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’. In fact, it was wayyy before that, but that’s a story for another day.
I challenge you to go out and try something new. Go to a concert of an artist that you rarely listen to. You may discover something new there.