For my very first actual K-Pop concert, I was very fortunate to be able to go see Block B perform at the Fillmore Theater in Miami, Florida. The boys put on a great show, and it’s an evening that I’m not likely to forget any time soon.
Fans started lining up outside the venue in the afternoon, with the majority arriving between 4:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M., as the concert began at 7:30. A local group had hand-made over 700 fan signs to be held up during “Be the Light,” and had also made little bumblebee pins with each member’s name, available to be bought for a quarter each. There was also a scrapbook going around that would be given to the group, featuring individual pages where fans could write personal messages to their bias or the group as a whole.
When 6:30 P.M. finally hit and the doors were opened, we were shuffled in rather quickly and took our seats. My friends and I were seated in the “Block B” section at the concert, which we all found to be rather amusing. Block B songs were blasting as we waited for the show to begin, and everyone in the audience sang along. 7:30 P.M. hit, and the boys bounded onto the stage, full of energy, starting right into “Very Good.”
The fan enthusiasm hit the roof as they continued through “Freeze” and “Wanna B.” The MC for the evening then came out to instigate some interaction with the fans. She asked the members a few questions and they all agreed that they loved Miami and the people there. It was announced shortly after that that 7 lucky fans would be able to come up onstage, each member picked from the ticket stubs from the evening. Seats were called out, and the chosen fans were informed to sit in front of the member that called their seat number.
The lovely ladies were serenaded by the boys with their song “Romantically,” and each was given a red rose. It was hilarious to see the fans reactions to the member’s antics during the song, and my friends and I were definitely jealous!
Soon it was back to performing, the members knocked it out of the park with songs like “Mental Breaker,” “Synchronization 100%,” and “Be the Light,” for which we put our awesome fan signs to good use.
There was another fan event to break up the performances, in which 6 more fans were picked at random to play a charade game with the boys. Zico acted as referee, while everyone was divided into two groups. A word was chosen and shown to the person at the back of the line, and he or she had to act it out and it got passed down the line, until the person at the head of the line had to guess the word. The first one chosen was “Transformers,” and P.O. had us all rolling in the aisles with his robot moves and noises.
It was Kyung’s team versus B-Bomb’s, the latter coming out the winner with their hilarious charade of “The Avengers.” A few more songs came after, with a self-interview shortly following. U-Kwon heated things up with some smooth Michael Jackson moves, but the moment of the night definitely goes to member Kyung. When asked if he would like to date an American girl, he responded with a resounding “Hell yeah!” which sent the fans, myself included, into a frenzy.
The boys finished up the show with the fan favorite, “Nanrina,” and the whole place was hopping. Block B said their goodbyes only for a few moments, being called back out for an encore by enthusiastic cries. They wrapped up for good with “Nice Day” and a rock version of “Very Good.” As an added bonus, the boys posed with their back to us as the crew members took a big picture with the whole crowd.
Also, as a result of happenings on Block B’s reality show, “Five Minutes Before Chaos,” member Jaehyo had to do a punishment at the concert. He had us all do the popular chant from their show, which we did to the best of our ability and got as loud as possible. The director was filming us for a long time, so who knows, you may just see our lovely faces on the next episode!
The evening drew to a close with some fans with the VVIP package getting to take a picture with members, and the rest of us got to participate in the hi-touch event. The boys stood in a line and we high-fived them as we went past. The line moved quickly and most of it was a blur, but I remember U-Kwon’s face distinctly, as well as Kyung, whom I told I loved, and last in line was Taeil, who was a sweetheart and squeezed my hand. I squeezed him right back and almost took him with me as I walked away!
The Miami showcase was a huge success, a ton of fun, and a great experience. At one point during the show, the group expressed their desire to return to the states soon and Miami again specifically. I hope that’s true, and I will definitely be in attendance if so. This was Miami’s first ever K-pop concert, and, from this fan’s perspective, it was perfect.
Edited by: Angelspatience