BTS Steals The Show at BBMAs!

gettyimages-960615188-1526856361The weekend of May 20th was a really busy and fun weekend for Las Vegas. EDC was back in town that weekend. Also the Las Vegas Knights had their semifinals match that weekend at T-Mobile Arena. However, I took a different approach than those two. I went classier and went to the Billboard Music Awards that were being held at Grand Garden Arena at the MGM.
If you didn’t know the Grand Garden Arena was where they held K-Pop Masters years ago. This was the first time for me to be there though. When I got there it was so hectic. A lot of people! But understandable. It was just like my experience before the show at the American Music Awards again haha. Actually when I finally got inside and saw the stage set up it totally reminded me of how the AMAs stage looked too. Before the show even started I already felt the presence of ARMY in the audience as they were already practicing their fan chants counting down to the start of the show. When the show started Kelly Clarkson, this year’s host, started it by talking about the recent school shooting that took place in Texas which I liked because she set the tone for the rest of the show that we should just have a fun time that night but also remember what’s going on in the world and remind people that we can come together through a thing such as music and just feel united. They then did the introductions of everyone who was going to be featured that night on the awards show on the television screens in the arena; And then once I saw and heard BTS on those screens I was like, “This is it. This is really going to happen tonight! We are going to make big history again as a K-Pop community.” I’m just going to name off who performed throughout the night and who won the awards, because it’s hard remembering the exact order of the show entirely, because it was crazy fun. Then I’ll talk about BTS’s performance and award they won in more detail. So first off the performances. Performances of the night included stages by the likes of Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato, Arianna Grande, Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Macklemore and Kesha, Kelly Clarkson, Camila Cabello and Pharrell, and Salt-N-Pepa. They actually had some good collab stages this year and it was cool to see some artists perform songs for the first time not just BTS. They had a lot of awards too. Top 100 Song went to ‘Despacito’ again. I think it won at the AMAs too. Top Female Artist was Taylor Swift then they played a little tribute video to her success as well. Top EDM Artist award went to Chainsmokers. I liked how during their acceptance speech –they also payed homage to fellow EDM artist Avicii. I used to listen to some of his songs too, so it was pretty nice that they did that. Post Malone won Top Rap Song. Taylor Swift actually also won Top Selling Album! Then everyone payed tribute as this year BBMAs honored Janet Jackson as 2018’s Icon Award winner. Bruno Mars presented the award as well. Sam Hunt took home Top Country Song Award. Then Camila Cabello took home Billboard Chart Achievement Award. There was one more award of the night for Top Artist of the year, but I actually didn’t get to see who took home that award. 33734200_10216578477277328_9188211493244502016_n
Now, let’s get on to the main attraction of the night. Well maybe just for me, ARMY, and other K-Pop fans out there. After continuous fan chants in the audience during commercial breaks for BTS which was starting to become funny because I could tell non-Kpop fans were starting to get annoyed, after Chainsmokers won the award for Top EDM Artist BTS were presented the Top Social Artist award with a landslide victory just like how they won it last year. They were pretty much up against the same nominees class they had last year too, so I was just waiting for it haha. The audience went crazy and I was so proud that BTS represented. I also liked the speech RM gave that their words carry weight in all of our hearts and help change lives. Jimin also slipped in a little Korean at the end and represented and paid respect for all of the other Koreans out there in the U.S. and back home and I was like, “Yesss!”. I’m also glad I was able to understand Jimin and knew what he said haha. I feel like it was good timing that they were presented with that award after Top EDM Artist, because EDM is almost close in style to K-Pop and BTS also worked with Chainsmokers before. Later on in the night I also got to see in person BTS perform their new title song FAKE LOVE even before they performed it on stage in Korea. Once again the arena went nuts. I think it was the loudest it was during the night as well –well besides when the Top Social Artist Award was being presented. It was so cool! I was one of the first ones to see the full choreography for FAKE LOVE performed and in person! It brought me back to unbelievable memories at the AMAs back in November of last year; but a little bit sweeter because besides the AMAs, the BBMAs where BTS first made their name known to a lot of people in America by taking home the award last year for Top Social Artist but not performing but saying to fans if given the opportunity they would love to perform on that Billboard Music Award stage. Therefore, being there in the same room with them as they got to accomplish that lifelong dream was indescribable and profound for me as well. I was glad that I was sitting next to some other BTS fans and also people that didn’t yet really know who BTS was, because we all had a fun next-level experience together. After BTS finished performing and the BBMAs went to commercial break, I actually decided to leave haha. That’s why I didn’t get to see who won Top Artist Award of the year; but hey, I still got my money’s worth and have no problem/regrets leaving haha(plus I didn’t want to deal with post awards show traffic again).image
After the BBMAs, I didn’t feel like going home yet and calling it a night. I wanted my night to stay legendary and turnt up. I actually already had a room reserved at Alexis Park Resort and went there and threw something to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. I guess you can say it acted as an after party as well for BTS haha. I ordered Honey Pig on UberEats, had some soju, played some beer pong, watched a BBMAs replay on tv so I got to see another perspective of BTS winning the Top Social Artist Award and performing FAKE LOVE, then called it a night. Woke up the next morning still in a good mood.

RD

 

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Getting High With H1GHR MUSIC in LA!

May the 4th be with me. And it was; because recently on May 4th I went to go see H1GHR MUSIC’s first United States tour. I headed over to LA, but this time to see Sik-K, Woodie Gochild, Ph-1, Jarv Dee, Avatar Darko, Phe Reds, Raz Simone, Ted Park, and Cha Cha Malone. It was a beautiful day in LA this time. It wasn’t as cold as when I went in April.

The show took place at 333 Live this time which is a 2 story nightclub located on South Boylston and West 4th streets. I’d say this time around we didn’t have to wait too long before being able to go in. The first artist to perform was Ted Park. Now keep in mind that before this concert I didn’t really listen to any of the artists’ music besides Sik-K and Woodie’s, so I didn’t know what to really expect except that it was going to be lit since the H1GHR MUSIC label was created by Jay Park and Cha Cha Malone. At first, I was kind of iffy on Ted Park’s music, but after seeing him perform live and first, he definitely got the crowd lit off the bat and set the great mood for the rest of the show. After him was the self proclaimed “bad boy” of H1GHR MUSIC: Avatar Darko. And he did live up to his name haha. He was climbing on top of the speakers and stuff getting hype and the crowd wild. I’m so glad he didn’t fall and create an awkward mood haha. Then for some reason in the middle of his set he decided to take his shirt off and belt out. Not unexpected though for the bad boy of H1GHR MUSIC.

The first 2 artists already made the people of LA tired haha but then they dropped Woodie on us and the mood went through the roof! I thought for sure Woodie was going to be one of the last artists to perform since he is such a popular part of the H1GHR MUSIC team –but hey, I was all for it. Woodie Gochild was one of the artists I really wanted to see on tour and I’m so blessed to finally see him in person perform live. Even more blessed that he performed his hit song ‘LET’S GET IT’ and unreleased material off of his upcoming album under H1GHR MUSIC! I would love to see Woodie Gochild in person perform live again somewhere. Then when the Gochild was done with his set, the vibe turned sexy as Phe Reds made his way on stage with his own guitarist. He performed his only song under H1GHR MUSIC so far ‘Smile’ since he is a newer artist, but he also did amazing covers of other songs too. Raz Simone then came out after Phe Reds slowed down the vibes and he created a based mood in the crowd haha. He parted the crowd in front of the stage all the way back to the sound guy who was in the back of the club just so that during his set he can interact with the crowd and go through them, so that everyone can feel as one. I liked that. There were two of his guys passing out little promotional cards of his website where you can go download his free music before the show outside. I might go check it out sometime after seeing what he did at the show. Then, Cha Cha even hit us with some songs –some songs of his own even –and people were excited to see him, because “We needed a Cha Cha beat boy!” hahaha. Then, I don’t know if a lot of people knew this about Cha Cha but him, Jay Park, Phe Reds, and other members of H1GHR MUSIC used to also be breakdancers. Cha Cha closed out his set by having a one on one battle with Phe. It was too hot. Even I was giving props as I was also a fulltime breakdancer in the past so I had to pay my respects. Jarv Dee came up after Cha Cha and I was cracking up because he kept saying, “Motherfxxking LA you ain’t loud enough. This is motherfxxking H1GHR MUSIC!” throughout his set haha. And hey, he wasn’t wrong. He was a beast on the mic though as the flow and intensity he brings while he raps is just fire. Even if I also didn’t know too much of Jarv Dee just like most of the LA crowd, I still found myself going hot and mean dancing and turning up to his music. He was nuts! hahaha! I think he is more of the “bad boy” of H1GHR MUSIC than Avatar Darko haha.

Then, the moment MOST of the crowd was waiting for –or at least I thought it was haha. I thought Sik-K was coming out on stage …but how could I forget that PH-1 didn’t perform yet?! I guess I was having too much fun throughout the entire show haha. I’m so glad this show seemed so much longer. So yeah, PH-1 came out next -looking fly as always and I was able to bring my mood way up again and get my happy vibes on as he performed ‘PERFECT’, ‘Donut’, and other of his bops. Then, to close out introducing the artists of H1GHR MUSIC, finally Sik-K the man I was there to see MOSTLY(as I’ve always been a big fan of his collabs on other artists’ work and his own chill music as well) came out looking like he didn’t know he was the man there everyone came to see haha. The crowd got so loud! I loved it haha. He performed ALL of his hits, so I’m not going to name them here as you all can just go and look ’em up and support his great music. I will say this though, he did perform some songs he did with Jay(he even performed some of Jay’s songs haha) and with artists he specially appeared for on Show Me The Money. Then after Sik-

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K’s set I thought they were about to close out the show. Surprise! Yultron showed up hahaha! But I feel that story of that turn up is confidential and special to the people that went, so Imma leave that for us that went haha.

At the end of the show we took a picture -H1GHR MUSIC and the crowd. Try to see if you can find me haha. Probably not though, because the LA stop was SOLD OUT! H1GHR MUSIC then left us by performing ‘YeLowS Gang’ and ‘Life is a Gamble’ which I got up and turned the fxxk up because those are my songs and even pulled some boys and girls with me to dance. Ahh It was a lit time at 333 Live in LA on a beautiful Star Wars Day Friday. The night didn’t end though after the show at 333 Live. Oh nooo! hahaha! I met some new show friends that were also mostly there to see Sik-K and we headed over to Club Bound after in Koreatown. I was just there 2 weeks before the show for another show haha. And we had a great time at the H1GHR MUSIC afterparty. Me and one of them actually left together as they lived in LA and I am from Las Vegas, so we wanted to chill more. Ate my dinner at Denny’s on Figueroa. Then walked back to my hotel. I stayed at the LUXE which is a nice hotel also located on Figueroa. I won’t go into too much detail of what happened after the show at Club Bound and all the way back to the hotel and at the hotel, but I will say this: I had a really productive night and fun night that Friday. Waking up on Saturday on Cinco De Mayo with a friend in a hotel in Downtown LA felt like we were higher too.

 

RD

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San E and Mad Clown Bring Legendary K-Hip Hop Swag to LA With 1st NA Tour ‘We Want You Tour’

30714647_1649475005147817_1354950545035997305_nHistory went down this past Friday, 4/20. While some people were busily working the day away or indulging in the pop culture meaning of 4/20, San E and Mad Clown were busy working their first tour through the United States. 4/20 was their LA stop and I happily went. If y’all don’t know San E and Mad Clown, they are big names in the K-Hip Hop scene – notoriously known also through their time on Show Me The Money and Unpretty Rapstar. San E is my more favorite out of the two as he is one of my top 3 rappers in South Korea; but it is definitely hard to choose a better favorite between the two. On this tour San E and Mad Clown also bought star features to more amp up the tour as well. They bought along the beautiful, up-and-coming artist Sobae (she has such a great voice and is definitely someone to keep your eye on in the future. She has a chill and cool personality as well which is why she was a perfect complement to San E and Mad Clown.) and renowned dj in South Korea: DJ Juice also from the hip hop based record label, San E’s label, Brand New Music.

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8:30 was when people with VIP Meet and Greet were able to enter the venue, the UNION, and go take a picture with San E and Mad Clown — and also Sobae and DJ Juice as well! It was a pretty intimate and close setting as it was done person by person. I won’t share with y’all what I said to each artist as it was a personal moment for me and the artists …but I did hug Sobae and shake hands with Mad Clown, San E, and DJ Juice. After meet and greet was over doors opened for people that got GA and the venue filled up. There were couches on the side of the venue in opposition to a choice of standing in front of the stage since the venue was a nightclub after all. Good choice White Mountain Agency and SubKulture. To open up the show they brought out these 3 artists that I never heard of, but I think they were local artists who shall not be named in this account …since I forgot their names already. I took this time to pregame before the actual artists came out on stage and grabbed myself some beers and mingled with some local LA people and made some new temporary friends for the show. DJ Juice was of course the first one to come out on stage and hype up the crowd with his set. Sobae then came out minutes later and I was glad to see her again. She performed one of her only hits so far ‘Homegirl’. After her song, after keeping the people waiting in excitement, San E and Mad Clown came out on stage together due to Sobae hyping them up and performed their first collab song that they ever worked on together ‘Sour Grapes’. People were so glad and going crazy that two of the most notorious rappers in South Korea were finally in front of them performing in this moment in time. After ‘Sour Grapes’ San E and Mad Clown had a little fun with the crowd and were having a little on-stage back and forth wager of who the crowd came to see more haha telling the crowd to make some noise for either San E or Mad Clown. Of course I made a louder response for San E, but I also gave a reasonable cheer for Mad Clown as he is a legend as well. They then each proved themselves to the crowd as each of them both spit some verses from songs they did on Show Me The Money. It was still hard for the crowd to pick a clear favorite though. Clearly (haha). The atmosphere then switched over to more of a Mad Clown vibe as Mad Clown started performing more of his hits. I liked Sobae too, because she sung for the original female collabs from San E and Mad Clown’s songs that couldn’t be there. Some of my favorites that Mad Clown performed were his OST from Descendants of the Sun, ‘FIRE’, and ‘Love is a Dog From Hell’ among others. My god, my most favorite of his performances of the night though without San E was when him and Sobae performed ‘Stupid In Love’ together (…the whole song too!). I love that song! After Mad Clown had his time, San E came out and hyped up the crowd even more; And I was ready, because I actually also know more of San E’s songs. Surprisingly there were some songs that Mad Clown and San E performed that I don’t recall listening to which is a good thing because I get to discover more of their music now. But yes, when San E came out he performed some of his loved hits as well and I was ready! Among my favorites he performed: ‘Break Up Dinner’, ‘Story of Someone I Know’, and ‘Where Did You Sleep’ – songs I’ve been waiting to hear and see performed live. It was also sweet to see him and Sobae perform ‘Me You’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness’. I like the chemistry they have together. My most favorite performance from his set though was when he performed the song that got me into him in the first place –and that was ‘Body Language’ …even though he said on stage that that song was for the ladies hahaha. But hey, you know fellas be bumping that song too sometimes. After San E wrapped up his solo time, Mad Clown came back out (Sobae and DJ Juice behind the dj table) and then they performed the song we were waiting for the whole night, ‘Butterfly’. The crowd was so hyped! They even taught us the signature dance that goes with the song haha. Easy to do. Then, with every concert, the artists came to the point where they said they had to perform their last song and close up the show which of course was disappointing to everybody because San E and Mad Clown are just so awesome and no one wanted this experience of their first U.S. tour to end. They didn’t leave us though without entertaining us for one last time haha. They did an on the spot cosplay of each other’s style. It was funny because Mad Clown from out of nowhere pulled out a wig or hat of some sort that mocked the long colorful dreads that San E used to rock. That’s all I’m going to say about them here haha. Then they got lit with the crowd one last time in LA as they performed ‘Sour Grapes’ once again. It was in that moment that everyone in that room was just so thankful that San E, Mad Clown, Sobae, DJ Juice, and U.S. fans came together for a first time. It was an awesome, unforgettable show and hands down one of my top 3 shows of this year out of all of the shows that I’ve gone to or am going to this year.
The UNION was such a good, chill venue even though it was my first time being there. The staff of the show and venue even too were all pretty cool. I liked that the nightclub was in Koreatown too. After the concert San E and Mad Clown actually had an afterparty at popular Club Bound in LA K-Town as well. But I will not talk about the shenanigans that went down there in this blog haha. When the night was over I enjoyed my coziness in my hotel bed at an adorable, fancy hotel in Koreatown called the Rotex Hotel and Condos. It was a great trip overall and I can’t wait for my next time down in LA for my next show in just 2 weeks again haha.

RD
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Vegas Admin/Concert Blogger

BTS Wings Tour in Anaheim

Getting tickets for this was extremely stressful, and thankfully my friends dad helped us out. Quoting him “I think BTS stands for Bullshit Ticketmaster Sucks” haha. We stayed at the Westin in Costa Mesa, which is kind of far from the Honda Center in Anaheim, but

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we were okay with that. We got there extremely early on Day 1, which seemed kind of insane to me, but my friend really wanted merch and the new lightstick. So waiting in a line that seemed forever, we got her lightstick! Which left her old one for me to use. There were so many ARMY Moms! It was so nice getting to meet them all!

We finally found where we needed to line up to get in, and then, at the doors, found out we couldn’t bring our backpack or cameras inside the venue! Which sucked cause then we had to find a way to check them in, and hoped our cameras would make it out alive. With all the threats that have happened in the past with Rap Monster and now Jimin, we 17796762_1846562885606913_242929124084820955_nunderstood why they needed to do this, but we wish we had known before we left the hotel room.

They started off the concert with Not Today, which really got everyone hyped up! It was actually really hard for me to believe I was actually at this concert. I wish they let us bring our cameras in so I could have got some good shots. I miss it so much. Seeing their smiles, their voices live, is really something I hope everyone gets to see one day. They did perform their old songs such as No More Dream, but in a rock remix, that was really cool! During Fire, we had a Fire sea and during Spring Day 17629822_1295009120612895_2500240890045190609_nwe had the rainbow sea! The one thing that really got me is that everyone shouted “We Love You!” during Rap Monster’s Reflection. This was just an amazing experience, and I’m so very thankful I got to live it, and meet the people I got to meet.

 

 

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AOMG Follow The Movement Tour in Las Vegas

AOMG Follow The Movement Tour was on April 13th, 2016 at House of Blues inside the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

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Siva Group is the company who brought on this concert. They are very professional, kind and easy going people, they know exactly what they are doing and how to handle things. Though Vegas didn’t sell out, it was a great concert. Posting announcements and updates on an AOMG Follow The Movement facebook page and Instagram, PattScreenshot_145y had messaged them and we got on board and did all that we could to make it the best. We posted filers all around Las Vegas, along with many other amazing fans.

I volunteered for the concert, which honestly was the best. I meet the Siva staff which are amazing people, and they really do care about what they are doing. I got to see fans get excited, sell merch and see the overall joy on fans faces. I saw a few songs, which were amazing, the crowd was so energizing and hype it was amazing. The light sticks made an amazing light sea, which was beautiful. My all time favorite thing about concerts is feeling the good vibes, listening to fans sing songs back to artists, and the joy that comes from all that. I learned a lot about how Concerts work and I hope I can work with Siva again. I’m so glad to have met the other Volunteers and the Staff I got to work with, they are amazing people with positive vibes and that is the best.

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Show Me The Money 4 in LA

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September 10, 2015 Show Me The Money 4 concert in Los Angeles!

Hey guys! Patty here. I know this is a little delayed but i just wanted to share my experience at SMTM4 in LA.

Ace and I took a very, very, VERY last minute trip to LA to go see this show. I kinda actually dragged a friend with me because I wanted to support David Kim, aka DayDay and she is the only I knew who can drive. So! I bought our tickets for the show and we left around 12 in the afternoon the day of the concert.Ticket comformation

After getting stuck in traffic for awhile we had finally made it to Club Nokia with a bit of time to spare so we got in line to pick up our tickets then headed over to starbucks to use the restroom. Which is when we noticed that there was a problem with our tickets. We had bought sitting seats but our tickets said standing.

While waiting for the problem to be solved we had gotten the chance to meet a few people. One of those people was Dumbfoundead. If you guys don’t know, he’s a hip hop artist, more known for his hosting at KCON and Danny from LA.

Daniel aka Drama, former member of Dalmatian, showed up to support David as well as the other artists of SMTM4. Being a huge fan, I noticed him right away. With a push from my friend, I went up to ask for a photo and autograph from him. He seemed truly grateful to meet a fan and was totally willing to sign my album and take pictures.Daniel and Sarang

After the whole ticket problem was finally fixed, we headed inside and ended up being in the very last row of the balcony. If you have a fear of heights like i do, then i highly recommend not getting your tickets last minute because those seats were really high up.

Something I noticed was the difference between the fans for this concert and normal “K-Pop” concerts. A majority of the fans we saw were Korean. Whether they came directly from Korea or lived in the area, we’re not sure, but there were definitely more of them than international fans.

On to the concert!

In all honesty, I was a little too haggard and hyped up to remember everything that happened so we’ll give you a run down of some of the highlights!

  • Basick, winner of SMTM4, opened up the concert. He got everyone hyped up and ready to party.
  • When Jinusean took to the stage, they got so into it that Sean just had to throw off his shirt.
  • During one of Jay Park and Loco’s songs a fan threw her panties on stage and Jay picked them up said “Oh shit” dropped them then went back to dancing.
  • AOMG came out to perform RESPECT but all we could do was stare at David (and his funny expressions).
  • Tablo by himself is a highlight. He did a lot of talking and interacting with the audience, only performing a total of 3 songs (Born Hater, Light Me Up, Eyes Nose Lips) and promoting the Epik High concert.
  • San-E tempting the audience with his hat to get them to cheer louder. Even without the incentive, I’m sure he could’ve gotten us to scream since he’s the “Rap Jesus”.
  • Verbal Jint surprised us all by bringing out Sanchez, a member of Phantom.

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BIGBANG MADE Tour in Las Vegas

 

big-bang-2015-made-world-tourBIGBANG! October 2nd, 2015 BIGBANG Hosted their FIRST Concert in Las Vegas, Nevada! Though they have been here to film music videos such as Tonight, and for vacation, it was amazing to have them here for a concert! They arrived in Las Vegas on September 30th, at McCarran International Airport (Video X).

The concert was held at Mandalay Bay Event Center. Fans from near and far came to see this once in a life time experience. We found a lot of fans from Mexico, Brazil, Canada and even Australia! There wasn’t a bad seat in the venue, and it was amazing to hear everyone sing and hype up BIGBANG before they got onto the stage. There was a lot of video clips in between songs that told a small story.

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At first I wasn’t going to attend this concert, which was a huge bummer, but Iris had surprised me to the point of tears with a ticket to the event. I am forever grateful. This was my FIRST K-Pop concert, and I’m not sure if anything will ever top this! I got to finally see T.O.P say “YOU LIKE VEGAS?!” Which I have been longing for a good long while! Iris and I actually got to talk to the Nutty Nomads which was really cool, they were so sweet and nice! We were very shocked by how many K-Pop Youtubers came to Vegas! I hope they enjoyed it here! We hope BIGBANG makes their way back to Vegas for another Tour or Music Video, we will welcome them with arms wide open!

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