Jay Park had kicked off his Verizon APAHM Tour in Washington DC and then made a stop in New York City. Last night, he finally got to San Francisco, and boy, it was amazing! I had gone to the meet and greet the day before so seeing him two days in a row definitely started my summer vacation with a bang. Before even entering the show, I noticed a long line that went around the block and into the alley of the Regency Ballroom. Doors opened a few minutes after 7PM, but fans were already there as early as 12PM.
When I did enter the venue, the lights were slightly dim and DJ Pauly Paul was hyping up the crowd with upbeat tracks. The concert started around 8PM when the host Joey Guila came out to do some stand-up comedy. The guy was pretty hilarious. He did various imitations of different races, beat boxed, danced, and definitely warmed up the crowd.
One of the performers for the opening acts was the very culturally-diverse girl group, Blush! They entered the stage in Japanese-oriented clothing, obtaining a samurai feel. They sang their new song Warrior while dancing to powerful moves and even made use of swords in their act. They then introduced themselves and followed with another new song titled, Electric, which was a catchy and upbeat song that got people feeling electric! It came with a chair dance. Blush also performed their song Undivided, which was a song that made #3 on the Billboard Dance Chart. Their vocals were amazing. They later did a dance track and followed with their signature song Make you Blush. Lastly, they performed one of their favorites, All Star. It had a catchy chorus and upbeat sound. Overall, I think Blush is a very talented group and very pretty too. They were a great combination of fun, sexy, and cute.
Joey then came back on stage and picked five people for a dance battle! AJ Rafael pumped up the crowd even more with his entrance with his band. He played the keyboard and started his act by singing his new song, Emma Watson, from his latest album “Red Roses.” It was great seeing him singing on stage so care-freely and having fun. He talked about his new album for a bit and how all the songs he wrote were based on his true life experiences, which I thought was very sincere of him. He then performed his album’s title track, Red Roses, which was a very sweet song. I liked how he talked about Asian Americans and how media helped them get out of the typical stereotypes and excel at many great things like music and art. He also sang Without You and his original, and the crowd’s favorite, We Could Happen. The crowd energetically sang along, making it a very fun performance. It’s still stuck in my head. I’ve been singing it all day!
Anything AJ Rafael did seemed to please the crowd greatly, even if it was just drinking water, and he did realize this. He drank water, paused, took a bigger sip, paused, and drank even more water. Each time, the crowd went crazy. His last song, When We Say (Juicebox), ended his act smoothly. I am definitely more in love with AJ after last night, he’s such a sweet, romantic guy!
After a brief intermission (in which no one actually moved), Joey came back onstage to (finally) introduce the one and only, Jay Park! The lights dimmed and the fans screamed. Jay Park hit it off with Know Your Name from his latest album “New Breed” and everyone was stoked. He came in wearing a red jacket with the words Know Your Name on the back and eventually took it off, revealing his nicely-toned arms and tattoos. The rest of the time, he performed in a white tank top and also a SF Giants cap. He then performed I Got Your Back and transitioned to Star.
He had to drink water for a bit, apologizing because he had a cough. Fans enthusiastically cheered that it was okay. His beautiful voice and sexy dance moves were just perfect! And of course, dorky Jay is dorky so when he took a quick break near the stage he talked in a high voice and panted, stating how he should take a quick thirty minute nap.
He followed with Turn Off Your Phone and Do What We Do, doing all sorts of sexy and smooth dance moves. He even gave fans a quick flash of his abs. He then introduced his song Clap and taught fans how to clap, clap, clap and was about to start performing it when he realized, that wasn’t the next song, silly Jay. Instead he immediately caught on and performed Up and Down. It was a fun, upbeat, and fast performance that showcased his very smooth dancing! After the song was over, he asked fans to pretend that his little intro for Clap didn’t happen and said it was awkward. He even started repeating exactly what he said, redoing the intro. It was pretty funny and cute of him. Clap was a fun performance and fans also clapped to the beat at the right times.
Somewhere in the middle of the show, when Jay reached to get water, his belt accidentally unbuckled and he stated that it was not on purpose, causing the crowd to laugh. Fans even suggested to take his pants off. Jay also brought two of his AOM crew members, Junior and Dialtone, to do a b-boy performance. Their b-boying was very impressive. Jay even did a flip! My dream of seeing Jay Park b-boy live finally came true!
Jay told a random story about Superman and his red underpants that many people did not get, but because it was Jay, it was very interesting. And then, my favorite part of the concert was when he performed Nothing On You half in English and half in Korean! The crowd delightfully sang along and filled in Jay’s blanks, making it very interactive. Towards the end of the song, he even pointed at different parts of the crowd and sang the word “You~” beautifully!
He then sang one of my personal favorites, Girlfriend, and then performed Be With Me 2Night, You Know How We Do, and finally, to end the night, Body2Body. Before performing Body2Body, he invited his fans sing or dance along. Jay Park definitely knows how to end a night.
Being able to witness him singing, dancing, b-boying, and talking, rapping, and even breathing was just so amazing. I can say that my life is complete now, especially since he’s been my bias for years. It was a great night for all his fans as they had a lot of fun in the crowd. Jay was such a sweet, dorky, hot, funny, and cute guy. His performances were just mind-blowing. Check out more images below!
Did any of you Ningin-ers go?
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