Who: Magnetic Moon Tour: Tiffany Young
Where: U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
When: November 9, 2019
Tiffany Young circled the world several times playing for millions of fans as a member of K-popâs Girlsâ Generation. However, there was still one place Young had never been: Washington, DC. On one chilly November night, 500 of Tiffanyâs âYoung Onesâ lined up for hours around the corner of U and 11th to see Youngâs debut in the District!
Into the New World
For those who are just learning of Ms. Young, her momentous premiere at U Street Music Hall, and her dozen-year career in the global music industry allow Concert Crap to âTeach Youâ with a brief recap:
The ever-ambitious Stephanie Young Hwang put all of her future on the line when she was scouted at a talent showcase by South Koreaâs SM Entertainment just before her 16th birthday. Leaving her life as a high-schooler in Diamond Bar, California behind, the American flew to Seoul within weeks of signing. After surviving two rigorous years of training by SMâs hand, the newly-mononymic âTiffanyâ was selected to debut as part of âìë ìë (Girlsâ Generation),â the first-ever nine-member girl group in the history of Korean pop, in 2007.
One decade later, with over 90 million global record sales, plus five of the top ten best-selling girl group concert tours worldwide, Tiffany confessed to her fellow Girls that she wanted to go back home and write her own music. Letting her contract with SM end without renewal in September 2017, with her bandmatesâ blessings, she returned to California.
Tiffany began her American music journey the following year, reborn as âTiffany Young.â In anticipation of building a self-penned, English-language body of work to perform live, she released seven singles and a five-song EP over the course of 13 months! Of that new portfolio, Young chose âMagnetic Moonâ as the namesake track for her first full-out solo tour, playing 18 North American cities along the way.
DC, Under the Magnetic Moon
At 8 p.m. sharp on November 9th, the fervent buzzing from the âYoung Onesâ (a.k.a. Youngâs beloved fans) in attendance reached a fever pitch inside U Streetâs sold-out underground club! Young, in black boots and a sparkling red sequin dress, sauntered on-stage with the instrumental aid of BlackNoyze (Justin âKanobbyâ Keitt on synths, programming, bass, and guitar; DJ â95GRVMZâ Graham on drums).
Her chrome-clad dancers, Ellen Kim and Eileen Harman, quickly joined her. For a few moments, the limited real estate of the Music Hall stage felt like it might force Youngâs larger-than-life performance into a corner. However, the glittering trio swiftly served the choreography to club-thumper âRun For Your Lifeâ without hesitation!
Over the next hour and a half, Young delivered a set than spanned languages and genres in equal measure. Every fan in the crowd sang along with Young, never missing a lyric of songs like the intimate pop-funk âOver My Skin,â or the mid-tempo breakup banger âHeartbreak Hotel.â
The singer often sang-spoke her banter between songs. For instance, Young sassily spoke the following before âYellow Lightâ began: âIn Washington, DCâ¦ looking through all of these different-colored lightsâ¦ but pink is my favorite one!â (That remark was met with an audio-peaking set of screams, as fans holding pink-colored lightsticks from the merch stand waved them with abandon!)
The lifelong pop and K-pop megafan even included covers of tracks by her domestic and international heroes! Young put her own spin on the works of superstars such as Lee Hyori, Destinyâs Child, Uhm Jung-hwa, and Miley Cyrus. In a special shout-out to âher Girls,â she even performed a special reworking of the 2010 Girlsâ Generation classic âRun Devil Run,â much to the audience’s delight!
The Flower Blooms in Surprise
The fans and Young showed their love for each other all night long, including a moment where Young hugged and took a letter from a devotee named Courtney, whoâd followed Youngâs career âfor 11 years!â However, the pinnacle of these touching moments came a bit later in the show.
A few weeks prior to the gig, local fan Makeda (@soulbit_ch) organized a secret project, inviting fellow Young Ones to help her give the singer a mid-set surprise sheâd never forget. Before the show, Makeda handed out fan signs with graphics and messages inspired by âThe Flower.â
Released as the third track on Young’s 2019 Lips on Lips EP, the singer crafted âThe Flowerâ as a reflection on moments when flowers represented more than their visual comfort. From times of sorrow, like the tragic passing of Youngâs mother when the singer was 12, to times of celebration and success, Young said on-stage that she wanted the track to spread the message of wanting to become âthe flower to someone elseâs pain.â
As BlackNoyze began playing the songâs opening chords, dozens upon dozens of well-hidden signs were raised in the air. When Young read the signsâ message, âYOUâRE THE FLOWER TO OUR PAIN,â she covered her mouth and was reduced to tears!
Pushing through her emotions to limited success in the first verse, the singer looked towards her band and remarked, âOh my god, I sound like shit!â Young carried on nevertheless, (mostly!) regaining control of her powerful pipes by the songâs end. Even so, she still apologized at the songâs end, asking, âIs it OK that I didnât sing too well?â âYES!â was the only word on the 500 Young Onesâ lips in response!
Ending the show with a blazing performance of the tourâs disco-leaning title track, and a reprise of the opening song, Young made the most of her DC debut. Whether she was singing in Korean or English, dancing choreography, or crooning with a mic stand, the Young Ones in attendance were with her for every beat! The special bond between the singer and her fans may not have started on that night, but it was certain that from the experiences shared between them in U Street Music Hall, the love they had was now in full bloom.
Post and photos by Elizabeth Owens
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