On Friday (7/2/2010) I went to see The Wonder Girls, a Korean pop group, at The House of Blues. It would be my first non rock concert and having watched some youtube videos of their performances I didn't know what to expect. However, at the end of the evening I had a better time than I thought I would. The Wonder Girls put on a magical evening and captured me under their spell.
The opening act was a boy band, 2AM. They only sang a couple of songs but all the young girls at the show seemed to be way into them. They look like this so you would probably be into them too. However, I wasn't that into them, but they weren't there that long so it was alright.
A couple of minutes later a veil dropped from the ceiling and covered the stage. A light flashed and a silhouette of each of the members could be seen through the veil along with their name above each member. I haven't seen anything like that at a live show so I enjoyed it.
When I watched the youtube videos of their performance they seemed very low key and lacked some dynamics. Their singing was alright, and their dancing OK. Because of this I was iffy on going to the show, but this night was different. They came out with a lot of energy. They could sing, they could dance, and they were very likeable. They were also a lot better looking in person. Standing ten feet away from the stage I was their slave for an hour.
They played several songs for a while alternating singing and taking turns on the stage and dancing. It all seemed very seamless, and well done. They did a great job of getting the crowd into the show. At various times things were thrown on stage, someone threw a jacket on stage and one of the singers strutted around the stage with it on her shoulder. Another guy from the top balcony threw down a sunflower for one of the girls and she took it. The guy was pretty stoked.
Around the middle of the show all the members came out solo performing a popular American song. Single Ladies, Boom Boom Pow, Paparazzi, Don't Cha were all in the mix, and then they all came back together and performed Survivor (by Destiny's Child) dancing provocatively in petticoats.
They stripped off the petticoats and were in another costume instantly. This part of the show was a sing along session for Tell Me where Yenny rallied the crowd to start singing the chorus, "Tell me, tell me, te te te tell me." When they actually sang the song they didn't sing that part, the crowd had to sing it, and they did a good job.
After that all the members expressed their appreciation for the crowd and performed Saying I Love You to say they loved us. Yenny sat down and played the piano while the rest sang. Some sort of foam or soap suds began to fall from the ceiling. It was like we were in a fake snow storm. It was all very surreal. A very immersive experience. After that they left the stage for another costume change.
They put a music video up on the screen of 2 Different Tears (Bobby Lee was in the video!) and then they came back out and performed the same exact song. It was nice, but odd. They left the stage, but there was an encore. The crowd wasn't that big but they were loud enough to warrant an encore. They performed Nobody. They did this earlier in the evening but it was kind of a ballad version. The second version was the regular version. When that was over they thanked everyone and took a bow and said we were great and headed off to Las Vegas.
I thought the show was good. Personally I would have like to have seen more Korean songs performed or more of their own material rather than covers, but the covers were well done and I was entertained so that didn't matter much. What really stood out to me was the dancing, I was really sucked into it, and the singing. For a pop group if that's what you do, and you do it well you'll have a good show, and the Wonder Girls put on a good show.