2019 has already been a very busy year for Texas Kpop fans. This week I travelled up to Dallas to see two different concerts. Ateez was earlier in the week, while on Thursday I attended the Astro concert.
Although both groups are ‘Kpop’ there were some striking differences between them, including the venues and the tour promoters that they used. After the overcrowded, dark, and standing only venue, which also was somewhat disorganized, for the Ateez concert it was wonderful to experience the well run Astro concert. Even though one rarely sits down at a Kpop concert the seats themselves act as barriers to being pushed and crowded. And that also means a better view for everyone.
Playing on the themes of starlight and the cosmos, the six young men burst onto the stage all sparkly and bright in their stylish outfits.
Astro made their debut in 2016 and is made up of members Jin Jin, MJ, Cha Eun Woo, Moonbin, Rocky, and Yoon San Ha. They are under Fantagio Entertainment, and they won a ‘Rookie of the Year’ award in 2016.
The members are all extremely talented and very good looking, each with a charm of their own. Each had their loyal fans in the audience but they all made sure to acknowledge all the fans, including those way up at the back.
After both Astro and their Aroha ( name of their fans ) warmed up after the introductory songs, the group paused to take off jackets and to make their opening greetings and introductions. I will say that from start to finish they seemed very happy to be in Dallas.
They only released their first studio album, All Light, this past January and managed to get the number 1 spot on the Korean charts and 6th on the Worldwide chart. But that does not mean that they didn’t have a large selection of songs as they have released numerous EPs. During the course of the evening they sang all their most popular songs as well as some lesser known ones. It was hard to choose a favorite, but mine was probably Crazy, Sexy, Cool.
There were multiple outfit changes throughout the show, with them becoming more casual and comfortable as the evening progressed. They looked remarkably good dressed in all white, quite dashing in fact. And yet a little later they were cute and adorable with their animal outfits.
These 6 young men have a pleasant, friendly appeal that easily worms its way into your heart. There really is nothing about them that isn’t nice. That in no way means that they don’t have sex appeal. Trust me, they have plenty of that. It’s just that their music is cheerful and fun, and it makes you want to dance along.
Astro has that wonderful ability to make you feel more cheerful after listening to their music. You feel better and you feel a smile coming out for no real reason except it feels good.
Both Jin Jin and Cha Eun Woo made good use of their English skills while the others mostly relied on an off stage translator. Fortunately everyone quieted down enough for us to hear what each member said.
Apparently they liked Dallas, ate well, and thought the weather was lovely. At one point Eun Woo told us that he had woken up at 7:00am and when he looked out over the skyline of Dallas he could see both the sun rising and the super moon in the sky at the same time. He was so impressed he even left the hotel and went out for a walk.
Yoon San Ha had a birthday cake brought on stage for him, and he said he was very happy to finally be 20.
Although they were all confident and comfortable on stage from the first moments of the evening, it did seem that they became relaxed as the evening progressed. They laughed and joked around with each other. It was nice to see them interact with each other.
The end came all too soon, even though they warned us and we knew it was coming. They spent quite a bit of time thanking us and saying how much their Aroha meant to them. They also said they would try to come back again.
It was a really nice concert and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But I do have 2 complaints. One please consider other fans when you decide to wear tall headbands, or have large fan signs. My photos are only showing part of the group in many shots because I couldn’t see through the headband someone was wearing.
Second, the tour promoters pushed us through the Hi Touch so fast I literally didn’t even have time to say ‘Thank You’. I mean I’ve been through a LOT of Hi Touch lines and only one other was as fast as this. So please give us enough time to at least make eye contact.
Astro held a great and very enjoyable concert and I would really recommend you go see them if you ever get the chance.
Have a great day everyone.
All photo credits to Debora Marzec. Please do not copy or use without permission and accreditation.