As part of the four-city Verizon APAHM Tour, Jay Park headlined a feature concert alongside renowned rapper Dumbfoundead and pop-sensation Viennie V at the Best Buy Theater in New York on May 20th.
The tremendous turnout had locals and tourists alike wondering what the buzz was all about. Just half an hour before doors opened, the hundreds of fans in line had wrapped around 7th Avenue and all the way up one street from the venue to 45th Street.
The SoCal based artist showed off her pipes with an impressive set that included all the songs off of her EP For You and covered radio hits from Maroon 5′s “Moves Like Jagger” to Far East Movement’s “Like A G6″. From her strong vocal performance, no one even considered the fact that this was the latter end of a back-to-back show having just performed in D.C. the night before.
Rapper Dumbfoundead followed suit and had the crowd waving their Verizon glow sticks in unison as he flowed to the beat of “Bubba Kush” and the spit-fire track “Bullets of Truth”. Other notable tracks in his set included the obligatory “Are We There Yet” and “Cell Phone”. The highlight came when he rocked the stage to A$AP Rocky’s “Goldie” with talented East Coast emcees Decipher, Lyricks, Manifest, Rekstizzy and JL.
“It’s dope being a part of this tour,” said Dumbfoundead. “Jay is a good friend and he cosigned me [to this Verizon APAHM Tour]. I feel lucky that he respects my talent and had me be a part of this.”
Despite being a little under the weather, mega-star Jay Park punctuated the show to the delight of the screaming fans and led off with the hit up-tempo single “Know Your Name”, followed by the mid-tempo jam “I Got Your Back” and slow ballad “Star” in succession.
His diverse set spanned the genres of R&B and rap to pop and electronica, and included songs from his first full-length solo album New Breed and also his mixtape Fresh A!r: Breathe !t. By the show’s conclusion, Jay had put his stamp on the concert with his impeccable dance moves and smooth vocals that left many teenage girls breathless.
Jay Park is a new breed of talent in every sense of the phrase. The 25-year-old Korean-American can sing, dance, rap, write, produce and compose songs. It is not far fetched to believe that Jay Park will soon be a household name, not just for Asian-Americans but universally, and his music will be well-known worldwide.
Big shout-out to Verizon for sponsoring the tour in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Check out the exclusive backstage photos as well as the special double data allowance and $100 off Droid RAZR Maxx promos brought to you by Verizon.
Concert Photos by Sim