On January 11th, 2014, the staff at Sturdy Pine ventured to the legendary Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA. This venue is known for world class concerts from anyone that is well known in the world of popular music to laugh out loud comedians. To have a KPop act perform where acts like Metallica, Aerosmith, and 50 Cent have previously done shows, it shows how far the genre has come.
I will be totally honest with you. Before this concert, I knew absolutely nothing about U-Kiss except for the fact that they’re a Korean boy band and have yet to win an award on a countdown show or a year end ceremony. Somehow, I overlooked this group as I have focused mostly on girl groups which is fine since as a dude with testosterone flowing through the system, I would easily gravitate towards the girl groups or at least ones towards the cream of the crop.
Before attending this show, I tried to do my best to research the group by going through their discography and asking for recommendations. However, the ones that were given to me flew over my head. I did look members up to see that some of them were American which made the transitioning to knowing them a bit easier.
Fast forward to the day of the concert, I had arrived to see massive lines of people waiting to see the actual concert especially since it had rained earlier in the day. The merchandise was beyond my budget of spending. There were so many people that were younger than my demographic, it was astonishing to see that they were able to land specific tickets. The awesome thing about the excessive kids were that the beer lines had no people in them.
When the actual show started, it was insane beyond belief. Obviously, I knew none of the songs, but a few of them finally caught my ear. This concert had one thing that I would totally say was above any KPop concert I have ever attended which was that there were no shortages of fan service. They really knew how to cater to the “Kiss-Mes”. There were Q&A’s, attempts at gwiyomi, talking to the crowd, body rolls, and much more.
What made it interesting was that half the members were American and spoke English. That made it easier as they didn’t have to read scripts or have a translator. As a matter of fact, one of the members, Kevin, is from nearby Danville which made this concert a homecoming for him.
Although this concert clocked in at about a little over two hours, I’d say that lots of people got their money’s worth as they had fun. I became a fan, but not a hardcore one. I ended up investing in some of their music.
Written by: Mr. Timtastic