Korean-American musician Jay Park returns to Chicago after over three years during his Sexy 4Eva World Tour.
A wide variety of fans (JWalkers) lined up outside of the Riviera Theater endured the freezing cold wind that Lake Michigan created for hours to get a good view during the concert. Both the main floor and balcony became packed as over a thousand people entered the venue.
As soon as the lights go down, the audience began chanting for the concert to start. Their yells are answered as DJ Wegun walks onto the stage. He gets fans hyped up by remixing some of Jay Park’s songs.
Balming Tiger’s singer Sogumm appears wearing a long black skirt and a long sleeved Chicago Bulls shirt. Her adorable smile matched her energy throughout her entire performance which included her songs, “I Wonder” and “Baby.”
Once she’s finished singing, Sogumm thanks the fans for the opportunity before walking off the stage. Multiple people in the crowd can’t help but talk about how cute she was.
DJ Wegun shortly goes back in control before two female dancers take their place on the stage. Smoke surrounds the dancers and makes them disappear. Suddenly, the large center screen splits into two and revivals Jay Park standing behind it.
He opens the main part of the concert with his songs, “Forget About Tomorrow,” “On Fire” and “Me Like Yuh.” Two males dancers tag team with the females throughout all three songs. The audience groves along and scream at the top of their lungs once the third song ends.
Jay takes a break from performing to welcome Chicago to his concert. He tells fans that he appreciates everyone coming out despite it being a cold Sunday with work and school following the next day. “We’re gonna end the weekend right” the artist promised.
The last time Jay Park visited Chicago was back in 2016. While thanking those who supported him for such a long time, he paused to joke about how it felt like he’s giving an award speech. After pretending that his mic was a trophy “But that’s what feels like that. It feels very good so I just wanna show my appreciation to y’all.”
With the crowd yelling his popular phrase, ‘I need a chacha beat boy’ Jay goes straight into the songs “Aquaman” and “Solo.” JWalkers harmonize during both songs to make the venue full of beautiful voices having a good time.
“Chicago you still with me?” Jay asks and the audience responds with excited cheers. He adds on by admitting that the black with red flower suit jacket was bought specifically for the Chicago show. “I saw it I was like ‘Oh I need to wear this in Chicago.'”
While Jay talked about his next song fans started throwing gifts onto the stage. Some items didn’t reach the platform so he decided to make a joke saying, “If you don’t have a good enough arm to make the stage, don’t even throw it. If you throw it, you gotta throw it!” The crowd listened and followed instructions as more gifts came flying harder.
Everyone got a laugh as something unique to give at a concert landed on the stage. A Bible. “Someone threw a Bible! This is what we need” Jay says as he picks it up off the ground. “Don’t be throwing no Bible too. Make sure you hand it!”
With another chacha beat the songs continue with “Joah,” “Drive” and “My Last.” Fans danced and sang along but “Drive” was the favorite hands down. Multiple times throughout the song Jay would stop signing and point the mic towards the crowd who didn’t miss a beat and continued for him.
“Yo somebody almost hit me in the face with something. Who was that?” He asks immediately finishing the song. To show what happened Jay started singing again and pretended to duck backwards “I almost pulled a Matrix right there.”
The energy the crowd created during the slower songs pleased Jay but it made him worry about later in the concert. “In an hour when we perform the more hype songs, make sure you have the same energy okay” he asks. “I don’t want you spending all your energy. Right now it’s calm time. Let’s listen and enjoy.”
Leading into the next song “V” Jay starts chanting ‘aye aye’ repeatedly until JWalkers take over into the song. The audience uses their hands to make a peace sign representing the letter every time it came up in the lyrics. The song brought an uplifting vibe to the venue that didn’t seems to be leaving anytime soon.
Once again the favorite saying came before the start of “All I Wanna Do” and fans had no problem yelling it at the top of their lungs. Everyone got fully absorbed into the song singing the English lyrics without a care. Jay catches the crowd off guard for a moment by switching to the Korean version midway. However, it doesn’t take long for them to return to singing, this time in a different language.
“Chicago I know it’s cold but let me take you to the ocean real quick” the soloist leads into his song “Yacht.” So many fans sang along perfectly to the point where they were louder than the speakers. The only time they stopped singing was when Jay did specific dance moves. After the song ends he adds, “Been to the ocean and back. Hawaii and back to Chicago.”
Using their phone’s flashlights, the audience illuminates the room during “Dank.” At the end of the song Jay trades places with the two males dancers and the lights change everything to red. The duo performs a dance together to the song “Replay” and in the middle of it Jay returns and joins them until it ends.
Next up is his song “2nd Thots” and the female dancers come back one at a time. Key lyrics get sung full of emotions by the fans. “You guys said it with conviction I like that” Jay comments at the end of the song. “At that moment, I felt like a fake ass hoe. I like it.”
It was time to slow things down with “The Truth Is.” A mic stand got brought out so there was no dancing but Jay’s vocals took the spotlight. Things change a bit halfway through as the dancers come back out with their own mic stands for a short dance break before leaving.
The second guest joining Jay for part of the tour is Ted Park. Fans gave him a warm welcome to the windy city. His songs “Me Love,” “Jjajang Mami” and “Ugly” got the audience moving and losing themselves to the music.
Ted thanked everyone for attending his last concert in the United States for the tour. Before going into his last song, Ted gave a shout out to fellow rapper and ‘sister’ Jessi who wasn’t there. He ended his solo stage by performing the song “Drippin” which Jessi featured in.
As Ted leaves the stage, Jay comes back the same way he did at the start of the concert from behind the screens. He changed his outfit and sported a Chicago Bulls basketball jersey with Zach LaVine’s number on it and instantly goes into his song “WorldWide.” Quickly following were the songs “20/20” and “FSU” which Jay flaunted his shirt during both of them.
Jay asks the crowd if they liked hip-hop and everyone yelled various forms of yes. After getting approval from fans he begins rapping his song “Finish Line” with DJ Wegun backing him up. Next up was “On It” and all the lights turned red which fit the beat and feel of the song.
The perfect time to throw gifts onto the stage appeared to be in between sets while Jay talked to the audience. One item that came from the special guest area on the second floor scared the rapper. “I swear to God I thought that was a bat” he admits. Nobody could resist the urge to laugh, especially when Jay followed up by saying “Don’t fool me like that.”
Recently Jay announced that he’s planning on making his own soju to sell. He tells fans to keep an eye out for when Won Soju comes out next year. “If they don’t have it here, I’ll bring it to you myself okay” he promises.
Speaking of soju, his next song goes by the same name. Jay leads JWalkers to sing the chorus once before going into the actual song. Partway through, the artist takes the water bottle in his hand and pours it onto part of the front row of the crowd. Fans take over a few verses and Jay lets them without any complaints, he even looked a bit proud.
Without missing a beat DJ Wegun instantly changes the tune that everyone recognized and loved from “K-Town.” This song one of the loudest songs of the night. Things slowed and calmed down slightly during “You Know” but that only lasted for a moment and picked back up with “Ain’t No Party Like an AOMG Party.” “Chi-Town make some noise!” Jay yells as the beat builds. The screams get louder and louder and as the beat drops large gold streamers shoot out of cannons into the crowd. The pressure made half of the streamers reach the balcony.
The most anticipated song of the night, “Mommae” finally arrived. The excitement from the song doubled as Jay discarded his Chicago Bulls jersey. Not a single person in the Riviera Theater stayed still at any point during the song. If there’s a time during the concert to let everything go to dance and sing without a care, “Mommae” was the perfect moment. “It’s cold outside but it’s hot in here” the rapper comments.
Jay takes a moment to thank the audience for spending the night with him. “I know you have work and school tomorrow. On this cold night waiting in line for me I appreciate for real though” he says. “Aye Chi-Town, you guys are all sexy forever.”
This comment leads into the next song “Sexy 4eva” which matches the name of Jay’s tour. Throughout the song Jay kept pointing at specific JWalkers every time he said the word ‘you’ which made those fan’s night. The last line gets changed to “Chicago is sexy 4 eva” and on that note Jay leaves the stage.
The lights go down but only for a moment as Jay almost instantly returns. “Nothin’ On You” by B.o.B and Bruno Mars plays and he starts singing along. Partway through the singer tells DJ Wegun to stop and a rewinding sound cuts off the song. “This song is too old. You guys remember this right?” he asks. Many fans who have been with him from the start recall when the singer did a cover on his YouTube page from years ago. “I’m glad that we can meet ten years later right here in Chicago.”
He carries on by performing “All Day” and “Birthday.” Jay asked fans who was celebrating their birthday that day and majority of the crowd raised their hand. One by one he started wishing people a happy birthday but stopped after realizing how many there were. “It’s like seventy people’s birthday” he points out suspiciously. “It’s okay. It’s everybody’s birthday today.”
“Stutter” is a collaboration with Ted Park so there’s no better time to perform than when their together. Before Ted comes out, Jay has fans chant ‘I do this for real I don’t stutter’ that are lyrics in the song. It takes a couple of tries for the audience to get the hang of the fast paced sentence but they eventually get it down.
The duo go back and forth rapping and hyping each other up with the crowd. They faced one another and it almost looked like a rap battle was taking place on stage. After the song ends Ted heads back stage and Jay continues with the concert. JWalkers become Jay’s backup singers during “Iffy” mainly for the chorus.
Right before the final performance of the night, Jay asked for one last favor. He requests to take a picture with the fans and they were all for it. The others were called back out to the stage and they all gather together. Jay counts to three and two pictures were taken.
Everyone stays of the stage for the song “Who You.” Jay becomes a water dragon and sprays the drink out of his mouth right at the start and throws what’s left in the bottle into the crowd once the beat drops. The four dancers, Sogumm and Ted Park goof off during the song and dance however they want with huge smiles on their faces. More and more water gets thrown around on the crowd and each other until well after the last line.
It officially became time to say goodbye. Jay and the others waved and bowed to the fans. “Thank you guys. Man I love y’all!” the rapper says as he walks off the stage. “Chicago! Peace!”
The nearly three hour concert ended and fans long forgot about the chilling weather from earlier in the day. The fire that Jay Park provided wont disappear from everyone’s minds or hearts for a long time.
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