Photos: UPSAHL @ Moore Theater

UPSAHL @ Moore Theater – 6/8/2024
Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Singer-songwriter UPSAHL is on tour with Madison Beer and opened at the Moore Theater over the weekend.  She and her two-member backing band performed an enthusiastically-received set that included original material from her recent EP, Upsahl Presents: The PHX Tapes.

UPSAHL  – Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Show Review: ITZY @ WAMU Theater

ITZY Dazzles Seattle Fans on North American Tour Opening Night

ITZY Seattle 2024
ITZY – Photo Courtesy of JYP Entertainment

June 6, 2024 — ITZY dazzled Seattle fans with the opening night of their 2nd World Tour, “Born To Be.” The sold-out show at the WAMU Theater was filled with MIDZY (ITZY fans) of diverse ages and backgrounds. Once again, Seattle solidified its reputation as a solid fanbase for K-pop music.

The two-and-a-half-hour show had fans on their feet almost the entire time, with short seated breaks to watch VCRs while members changed costumes and prepared for their next theme.

ITZY kicked off the show with their 2024 release title “Born To Be,” igniting the audience in loud cheers. The setlist was extensive, featuring new music and older hits for fans to enjoy. They performed all the new songs from “Born To Be” except “Blossom” since Lia is currently on hiatus.

The show was divided into four acts and an encore, each theme showcasing different aspects of the group and its members, from fierce and fiery to aegyo (애교), street-style dance, and solo performances. The group was often joined by an entourage of dancers who elevated the visuals and energy, providing top-notch entertainment.

The visuals were full of colorful imagery, ranging from fun and cute bright colors to darker, moodier tones. The digital backdrop alternated between colors, graphics, video, and live footage of the performers, helping those in the back of the venue feel up close to each artist.

A notable addition to this tour was the live band, allowing each vocalist to showcase their true talent with live vocals. This proved that not all K-pop performances are pre-recorded or lip-synced. The live music added depth to their sound, elevating the overall performance.

During one of the breaks, there was an interactive dance-off where fans in the audience were singled out and had a moment to dance on the big screen to different songs, sharing their affection for the band.

ITZY Seattle 2024
ITZY – Photo Courtesy of JYP Entertainment

The evening closed with each ITZY member thanking the MIDZY for their support over the years and celebrating Chaeryeong’s birthday, which was the day before the show. Everyone in the venue received an ITZY banner before the show, and the group posed for a photo with the audience, banners raised high. They concluded the show with “DALLA DALLA” and a final goodbye, accompanied by blasts of pink heart-shaped confetti and cheers from the audience.

ITZY’s North American tour includes ten dates, wrapping up on June 28, 2024, in Toronto, Ontario, CA. This performance is a must-see for those who love high-energy and great live music. Make sure to catch one of these shows to experience it yourself.

Setlist:

Act I
BORN TO BE (Extended intro)
RACER
KIDDING ME
Ment 1
Mr. Vampire
SWIPE
WANNABE (Extended dance break intro)

Act II (Solos)
VCR
Mine (Chaeryeong solo)
Run Away (Ryujin solo)
Yet, but (Yuna solo)
Crown on My Head (Yeji solo, extended outro)

Act III
VCR
UNTOUCHABLE (Extended intro)
Gas Me Up
Dynamite
Ment 2
Psychic Lover
Don’t Give a What
LOCO (Dancers extended outro)

Act IV
Not Shy (Extended band intro)
CAKE
SNEAKERS (Chanting outro)
Ment 3
Kill Shot
Escalator (Extended outro)

Encore:
MIDZY Encore VCR
LOVE is
Be in Love
Ment 4
DOMINO (Seattle MIDZY Project)
Boys Like You
DALLA DALLA (Extended outro)

Full list of tour dates below.

ITZY 2nd World Tour Born To Be North America 2024

Photos: Emmy Meli @ Barboza

Emmy Meli @ Barboza – 6/6/2024
Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Soulful singer Emmy Meli opened for Alexander Stewart at a sold-out show at Barboza.  Her set was filled with audience participation and interaction from start to finish.  Everyone sang along on songs from her debut EP, Hello Stranger, released last month, and Emmy was surprised with a bracelet whose lettered beads spelling “EMMY”.  She split the audience in half and had each group compete during “Breakthrough“ by yelling the song name on her cue.  Emmy closed her warmly received performance with “I Am Women”, which has been streamed over 300M times!

Emmy Meli  – Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Photos: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors @ the Neptune

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors @ the Neptune – 5/7/24
Photos by Emma Hanks

Drew Holcomb

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, a band excelling in the Americana genre, headlined the Neptune in March. The Find Your People Tour charmed fans from Kentucky to Solana Beach to Nashville. Named after their song, “Find Your People,” it incorporated the spirit of that song, whose words include: In a world of strangers, you don’t know who to trust/ All you see is danger, tryna find what you lost/ You can’t go it alone, everybody needs help/You gotta find your people, then you’ll find yourself.

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors

Show Review: Tomorrow X Together @ Tacoma Dome

May 14, 2024 – K-Pop idols Tomorrow X Together, comprised of Yeonjun, Soobin, Beomgyu, Taehyun, and Huening Kai, set the Tacoma Dome ablaze on the opening night of their USA Act: Promise North American tour.

The near full-capacity show was packed with MOAs (Moments of Alwaysness, the TXT fanbase) of all ages, with their coordinated lightsticks in hand. Fans were cheering and eagerly anticipating the start of the show.

The stage setup was a massive production, extending midway into the main floor to give every fan an up-close experience. Members leaned down toward the audience while singing, and confetti blasters showered the crowd in colorful streams. One section of the stage even elevated during some songs, adding layers of excitement as members moved on and off stage for costume changes.

Between songs, themed videos showcased each member and set the ambiance for the next performance. Costume changes aligned with each set’s theme, ranging from casual street style and coordinated black-and-white outfits with hooded capes to traditional hanbok and edgy leather for the more intense numbers.

Throughout the show, the group engaged with the audience, sharing their excitement about their first USA tour, discussing their songs, and enjoying playful interactions. At one point, the audience chanted, “TXT, I love you, Moments of Alwaysness,” showcasing the notorious volume of Seattle/Tacoma fans.

The setlist was long and packed with new music from their latest releases, the 6th Mini Album ‘minisode3: Tomorrow’ and ‘minisode 3: Tomorrow with Remixes’, as well as older fan favorites since the group’s debut in 2019. A highlight was Yeonjun and Soobin’s smoldering dance routine for ‘The KILLA (I Belong to You)’, which drew some of the loudest screams of the night, clearly winning the audience’s approval.

The show lasted a little over two hours, featuring spectacular laser lighting, fog, pyrotechnics, and dynamic lighting effects. When they announced their final song, ‘See You There Tomorrow,’ fans erupted in cheers and danced in celebration. As the group said their farewells and left the stage, some fans began to leave, only to realize an encore was coming. Seasoned fans know never to leave a K-Pop show when the “last song” is announced for the first time, and this show was no exception.

Tomorrow X Together continues their first USA tour as part of their world tour, Act: Promise, through early June. It’s definitely a show worth seeing, promising to leave you with lasting memories.

Act Promise USA Tour Dates:
14 MAY 2024. Tacoma, WA.
18 MAY 2024. Oakland, CA.
21 MAY 2024. Los Angeles, CA.
22 MAY 2024. Los Angeles, CA.
26 MAY 2024. Houston, TX.
29 MAY 2024. Atlanta, GA.
01 JUNE 2024. New York, NY.
02 JUNE 2024. New York, NY.
05 JUNE 2024. Rosemont, IL.
06 JUNE 2024. Rosemont, IL.
08 JUNE 2024. Washington, DC.

TACOMA SETLIST:
Deja Vu
9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)
0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You)
Devil by the Window
Sugar Rush Ride
Farewell, Neverland
Chasing That Feeling
Magic
New Rules
LO$ER=LO♡ER
Ghosting
Thursday’s Child Has Far To Go
Trust Fund Baby
Quarter Life
The Killa (I Belong to You)
Back for More (TOMORROW X TOGETHER & Anitta cover) (txt ver.)
Tinnitus (Wanna be a rock) (dance break ver.)
PUMA
Good Boy Gone Bad
Growing Pain
Dreamer
Deep Down
I’ll See You There Tomorrow

Encore:
Magic Island
Miracle
Cat & Dog (english ver.)
MOA Diary (Dubaddu Wari Wari)

*Images provided by HYBE