Trip to Music Bank (Dreams Come True~)

As all of my friends and family know, my favorite genre of music is quite simple, Kpop. I love almost every (guy) group, it’s amazing because they coordinate great dance moves, have amazing vocals, are tall, and are almost always handsome, what’s there not to like?? Also I almost feel Korean idols respect their fan base more than American counterparts, but that’s up for debate. Anyways, one of my best Korean friends Boram knows of my obssesion deep-like for Korean music artists and pulled some strings to score Diana and I tickets to one of the three large music shows, KBS Music Bank. She even arranged for one of my lost acquaintances,  Jihye , to escort us to the show. Of course, unfortunately, photos within the KBS premises are not allowed, so there won’t be many personal photos I can add beside us outside of the KBS building (Coming soon*) =(

We were to meet Jihae at 3pm, so Diana and I revisited a nice little restaurant on the side of Ehwa University first. By the way, might I add we are getting really good at this subway thing. Anyways, after eating we met Jihae right outside of the station to head over as a group to KBS. Thankfully, our conversation was not stilted (I hadn’t seen her for so long..) and we were all equally excited to be there. Also, to add to the joy Jihae invited her little brother (age, 22) to come to the show with us, Diana and I have been lacking some serious eye candy lately, goodness! Tangent: he is 182cm and cute, but shy to speak english….can’t win them all I guess! Got a few answers out of him, but unfortunately I don’t think I will be seeing him again ='(. Back on Point: We waited outside until 4:45ish to be allowed to our seats. It was surreal stepping into the studio, I have seen Music Bank so many times, but we were actually only 6 rows away from the hosts, dancers, and of course, celebrities. The stage look smaller in real life, and the celebrities seem taller and more real if that makes sense. When we first stepped in the vocal duo, December, was belting out their latest hit, the taller one has vocals! Made me definitely want to look up more of their songs. I was confused about the rushed atmosphere but found out it was just a pre-show rehearsal 😛

Then one of my only favorite girl groups hit the stage, After School with their new single “Shampoo” (Dont’ ask me about the name). Korean female celebrities are known for wearing short shorts, but those things look so much more obscene in person, especially paired up with their oiled legs, but hey whatever makes good TV. Then the girl duo, Sistar, went up after them, and their song “Ma Boy” was very interesting. Actually the only girl group of the day who annoyed me was A Pink, the cutesy act just doesn’t cut it for me: winking into the camera, flicking hair, and blinking “I don’t know” eyes into the camera sets us back about 150 years.

But the boy groups….amazing!!!! I found out that both Youngsaeng, former member of SS501 and hotter than ever, and Park Jaebeom, if you don’t know him, look him up!, had their comebacks recently. The crowd went wild for these two, great powerful performances, I can probably hear my dying, screams in the lives (will check soon). I even think Jaebeom waved at me, maybe wishful thinking but I’m almost 100% sure. His dance moves are divine and he sings amazingly live, sorry, I’m fan girling a bit right? But anyways, there was not a bad boy group out there tonight, newbies B1A4 and Block B held their ground, they made new fans out of me. surprisingly, Touch is also out now, once again I am a newborn fan. At the end, the winner of the top song of the week was….Park Jaebeom! He was so cute about it all, and did a funny/serious/sexy (ok I was imagining that) encore of his song “Abandoned”. I cannot wait to see all of this and more when I go to this Sunday’s SBS Inkigayo, there are rumors of a 2NE1 comeback? Will keep you posted =D

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sophie
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 16:06:34

    omg u r soooo lucky!
    im going to korea in the summer for the first time ever!!!!!!! :O and i really want to go to the music shows aswell. Can you pls tell me where the music bank and inkigayo building is and how i get there?? and do u know what time the fans start queing?? i heard its always really early and they que ALL DAY?!

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    • marshabarsha
      Jun 21, 2011 @ 07:13:31

      lol, yeah I felt lucky.
      Can you speak Korean or have Korean friends/family that you are visiting? My Korean friend set it up for me so I’m not sure what completely foriegn route to take. Both buildings were pretty easy to find, I used the subway to get everywhere, on an actual map (which I used) you can find KBS buildings labeled (on the southern side of the Han River). For Music bank fans started lining up literally right before it was time to get in, we had tickets with literal seat numbers printed out so maybe that’s why there was a lack of frenzy. Inkigayo was the complete opposite! I met someone who lined up at 11am (it was 2pm when I met her) and she still couldn’t get in…..beastly. If you don’t have connections be sure to buy and bring one of the performing group’s recent cds and get there around 9-10. You don’t always have to stay in the line but get there to get a number then spend the day hanging around in the area. Anyways let me know how it goes and who’s performing 🙂

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  2. Afromorena
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 04:59:07

    First of all, I wanted to say I found your blog via Life Behind the Wall, and I’m loving your blog!

    Back to blog post: Dead! You got to see Jay Park and Block B! I’m so jealous lmao!And you went to the Inkigayo show too! Man, I hope to be so lucky when I finally get to SK. Oh, about 2NE1, I heard their “I’m the Best” song and wasn’t impressed ;( Maybe seeing the performance will change that.

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    • marshabarsha
      Jun 24, 2011 @ 11:28:12

      Wow, nice to know that people who aren’t just my family read this, lol.
      Yeah Block B was awesome, going to the music shows re-sparked my love for kpop, haha…real talent! I wish I came a week later though because all they talked about while we were there was “Look out for BEAST’s comeback next week”….wanted to die! lol but I am so grateful regardless 🙂 Seeing performances live make it so much more…..real? Lol, redundant but there isn’t any other way to describe the surrealness. When do you plan to go to south korea, by the way?

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    • Sophie
      Jun 24, 2011 @ 15:52:21

      Hey I found this blog through Life behind the Wall too! Such a coincidence 🙂
      Just thought id mention it ^^

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  3. Afromorena
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 14:27:06

    OMG Beast! Yeah, That would have seriously killed me lol. But you’re right the show that you went to sounded pretty exciting.

    Well, I’m going to finish my TESOL certification by mid July and hopefully have all my visa documents ready and be well into my job search by end of August, so *hopefully* I will be in SK by October or November. If not, at the latest I would like to be there by Feb ’12.

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    • marshabarsha
      Jun 25, 2011 @ 11:32:42

      Go for it! Hopefully you can get it, though I’m sure there will be no problems, as long as you have a bachelor’s degree. Two of my friends applied and got jobs to teach in Korea just a few months ago, they are starting in August. Let me know if you have a question and I can email one of them for you 🙂

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