Okay, I know its been months since I last wrote a blog post and a LOT has happened since my last one in February. I debated if I should write a recap of everything I missed or just move on - however, I decided for myself I wanted to have a small recap of everything that happened so here we are. So buckle up, grab a soda and get ready to hear about all the fun events, concerts, and updates that happened from February (I know, so long ago) till now!
February 12th KonnectPop and I partnered up to bring you our 5th annual Valentines Day party! For 5 years we have been celebrating the day of love with friends, food, music, and games with an old school valentines exchange. I have to admit, the Valentines party is one of my favorite event's we do because of how light hearted and fun it always is. Everyone always comes up with the most creative valentines and boxes and it is just always a good time all around.
This years valentines party was celebrated with 30 of our amazing community members at Dance Scene Studios in Aurora. We had many familiar faces but also we were excited to see several new faces. We played dance charades, ate lots of sweets, and saw one of the BEST valentines boxes to date (see the amazing pirate ship above by @Claypop on instagram)
A big thank you to everyone who came to make the day fun and full of friendship! I can't wait for next year.
The next event up on our recap is our very special Honey and Sope day! February 26th, BananaJinTrades and I partnered once again to celebrate Jhope and Suga of BTS! We celebrated at the amazing Ju's coffee in Parker and for this event we decided to go Bee theme in honor of the two sweet boys. Personally this cupsleeve was one of my favorites that I have ever designed. With the colors and theme I just love how it turned out and looked.
For those who know me they know that decorating is kind of my thing. So in true sage fashion we went all out in our decorations for this event. We had flowers and bees everywhere we could reach and a special backdrop to help everyone commemorate the day! Aside from the décor we also got a special Bundt cake to make it a true birthday party.
And what a party it was! We ended up running out of sleeves and we had about 200 participants that came and saw us! Our biggest event to date!
Like most of my events we collected donations for charity to make the celebration even more meaningful. For this event we were raising money for the Colorado State Beekeeper Association. We raised $815 to help save the bees!!! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us raise so much for such a good cause.
We also held a raffle of a BTS ita bag, 1 Suga and 1 Jhope pin, and then special SOPE washi tape. A big congratulations to Karen L. for being our winner of this special prize!
After honey and sope day we had two smaller cupsleeve events - the first being TXT's 3rd anniversary! March 5th, we celebrated with a color pop/skateboard theme - fitting with their recent music videos of Love Song and Lo$er Lover. We once again celebrated at Ju's coffee, and although this event was smaller than some of my others we still had a blast. Our freebies included a bias card as well as a fun postcard of all the members and one group PC. We also had a backdrop and cut outs of all 5 members for people to take photos with.
One of the biggest hits of the celebration however had to be the small tech decks that were scattered about - it was so fun to see everyone excitedly playing with them. Lastly, we did't have a donation this time but we still held a raffle! Raffling off 1 album, 1 shaker Keychain, and 1 sticker. Big congratulations to Rico for winning the raffle prize!
Two weeks after TXT Day, March 19th, we celebrated P!Harmony coming to Denver with a P1Harmony cupsleeve! unfortunately the concert got postponed but that wasn't going to stop a celebration. I partnered with @Paintedblossoms for this event, hosted at Snowl off of Havana. The amazing workers at Snowl came up with two special drinks for our event - the "Fairy Like This" which was a hibiscus tea and the "Peacemaker," a delicious Lychee Flavored Coconut milk.
Like always we had a special photobooth area as well as a raffle - raffling off the P1Haromy lightstick for 1 lucky winner!
On March 26th, we had yet another celebration cupsleeve! This time we were celebrating Stray kids 4th anniversary. I partnered with Chloe, Trista, and Sean to bring you this wonderful event. This was my second Stray Kid's event I hosted, the first being Han and Felix day last year - and I was blown away by the positive response. We had over 100 participants!
Hosted at Snowl off of Havana, we went with a The View theme - having loved the pastel colors and flower feel. The staff at Snowl came up with a special menu - the signature Skz drink, the Nachimbong Milk tea and then a special event specific drink in honor of their latest song at the time - the Maniac Blast. Both drinks were delicous as always.
For this event I wanted to go a bit bigger than normal considering how popular the group has become. With that I paid special attention to to our backdrop. Creating "door" out of foam to mimic the one in the View music video. We also had a very special vendor, Minty.Micki selling bracelets, prints, buttons and more!
For this event we held a raffle of the new maniac album and a specially designed photocard shaker by my good friend Rocketcattcreats, A big thank you to everyone who came out and made the day that much more special!
Finally moving into April events, Prim Rose and I partnered up to bring you our Vanner in Denver Cupsleeve! To celebrate Vanners 3rd time coming to Denver and 2nd concert in our city, we wanted to throw a cupsleeve to commemorate the occasion! This time we held the event at a brand new location! Colorado Tea Station downtown, only 11 minutes from Summit Music Hall.
The new location is beautiful with a cherry blossom décor and we were so excited to use the space for a special event. Our theme for this event was Carnival, to go along with one of their performances of Rollin which was carnival theme. We had Pcs, and prints, but also each person got a cotton candy lollipop and all the goodie served together in a popcorn bag to fit the theme!
April 3rd was the concert! Held at Summit Music Hall be Code1 Entertainment - it was a fantastic turn out as always. For those who may not know, Vanner was the first Kpop group to come to Denver. Brought here by lots of hard work and petitioning, it finally happened and they continue to visit us and put on amazing shows!
I got the VIP package, meaning I got to experience the sound check, a 1 on 1 photo with the boys, a signed album (plus other merch) and the hello wave. Seeing the guys is always a good time and this will actually be my second photo with them - and in both Gon has always made a goofy face.
For this concert I created special memorabilia tickets to pass out as freebies to everyone. I was also one of the leads on the special smiley face project that would be held up during their song "Better Do Better" do hopefully bring a smile to the boys face's. All in all the concert was fantastic as usual. One of the special stages they gave us was Taehwan performing Love Song by TXT - and for those who know me Love Song is my FAVORITE TXT song and Taehwan is my Vanner bias wrecker so it was such a treat to hear him perform it. His voice also fit the song beautifully.
Hyesung and Ahxian also performed Permission to Dance for as as well as Ahcian, Gon, and Yungkwang performed a high power song (Im sorry I dont know the name ;A;) that left us all jumping.
At the end of the concert, Code1 had 1 on 1 poloroids for sale and of course I had to get one with each boy (and had to make up for loosing my Hyesung ticket last time). The concert was just so much fun and I can not wait to see Vanner back in Denver yet again!
A day after Vanner, April 4th, we had our reschedule of the Epik High concert! I have been listening to Epik High for years - having been one of the first groups I was introduced to on my Kpop journey. Although they are not a typical concert I would attend I was so excited to hear some of my favorite songs from them like "Dont Hate Me" and "Born Hater." I can happily say they did not disappoint!
I also had the honor of being able to design a special hand banner for this concert, commissioned by the lovely Aida. It unfortunately had the original date from before the reschedule, however it was still a fun thing to have anyway and I really enjoyed designing it.
Next up in our recap was our Buy, Sell, trade day! BananaJinTrades and I partnered once again to bring you a day of buying, selling, and trading official and fanmade kpop goods. Held at Riize coffee we had over 30 sellers signed up - 10 of them being creators in our Makers Market bringing you all the missing pieces you need for your collection. I saw many older kpop albums, Japanese tour merch, smaller group merch, and of course, lots and lots of photocards! I myself had a table but I think I spent all my earning that same day!
Thank you so much to all the sellers and buyers that came to our event and made it even bigger than the last one!
May 13th we finally got our rescheduled P1Harmony concert! I admittedly don't know many P1Harmony songs but I had an amazing time at the concert! I passed out memorabilia tickets once again and then had a blast at the show. They were so high energy and fun it was just like a giant party! It was lovely to see so many out of state fans getting to experience our venues for the first time!
One thing I did want to say that I observed was there were many people running out of their seats and crowding the middle isle to get closer to the guys. I know we all want to be close and see them but please please don't do this! This is so unsafe and also not fair to the people who bought the seats in front of you.
All in all it was a great time and I truly hope that P1Harmony decides to come see us again!
The last event that I will cover in this long recap will be Seventeen Day! Seventeen Day didn't happen that long ago, only taking place on May 28th. I partnered with Trista and Chloe again and we were so excited to host this event at SNowl #2! Snowls new location off parker road and it was AMAZING! The new location is much larger and has large TVs for our Kpop MV Viewing pleasure!
I learned at my last years Seventeen event that we have LOTS of carats here in Colorado and they did not disappoint. This year we had over 100 participants and many new faces! We went with the Darling theme - meaning lots of flowers and light colors all around. I made special scrabble pieces to spell out Seventeen for the backdrop and Chloe and Trista were lovely enough to lend their albums for us to display.
Snowl created a special drink for our event - the Darling You-gurt Tea and it was fabulous. We also had three vendors for this event, back for a second year we had Ripanagaby, and we also welcomed the fabulous Simplecreations and CherrybeanCo to our event.
It was such a wonderful time and I enjoyed seeing the looks of happiness on everyones face as we watched Hot on the big screen.
Thank you to everyone who has come and supported any of these events and concerts! Also a big thank you for anyone who stuck with me through this long blog. I will do my best to get better at updating in a more timely manner. Please keep a look out in the next day or two for my BTS in Vegas blog!
Hope to see you all at upcoming events, be sure to check out the calendar to see what's happening.
February 9th, Denver was lucky enough to get yet another Kpop show- this time from Eric Nam! For those who know me- aside from loving BTS, Stray Kids, and other big boy groups in Kpop, I love Eric Nam. My favorite song being Honestly, though I enjoy almost every song from him. When they first announced that Eric would be coming to Denver I was so excited - having missed his previous tours.
To celebrate I created fun memorabilia tickets to pass out during the concert. One of my favorite things about Kpop concerts in Denver is that I tend to know most people that are there. Especially with a sold out show! I enjoyed walking the line to pass out the tickets and seeing everyone. It was also a blast to meet new friends who recognized my post from Twitter.
The venue was sold out and PACKED. It was amazing to see it so full with other fans. The opener, the talented LynLapid was fantastic. Opening up the show with her smooth vocals and relatable songs. I had never heard of her before but I definitely became a fan after the show. She was funny and of course oh so talented! If you've never heard her music before be sure to check out her TikTok @LynLapic to here more of her amazing music!
As expected, Eric did a fabulous job. Not only was the music great but he was funny and engaging. I got to hear most of my favorite songs including Honestly, Congratulations, and Paradise. He didn't sing Can't Help Myself but one can only ask for so much. Eric's band was also extremally talented and his background dancers gave the performances so much life.
I had such a great time at the concert - and I was extremally lucky to be one's to get VIP. Along with being one of the firsts in I got to take a group photo with him as well as received a signed tour poster! The group photo was quick and easy - you never get to spend a lot of time with the artist during them. But he was very kind and full of smiles! And despite being put on vocal rest he still spoke to us and thanked us for coming.
I had such a blast and like always I got to attend the concert with my amazing friends which made it that much better! I hope that Eric will come back to Denver sometime soon - we will always be here to welcome him with open arms!
See you all at the next show!
Through my years of liking Kpop I have had the opportunity to see BTS several times. My first time seeing them being in 2016 at Kcon in LA and the last time being in 2018 at Citi Field in New York. I had skipped the speak yourself tour in 2019 to be able to see a few other groups and was excited to see BTS again at the 2020 Map of the Soul tour. However, as we all know, the tour was cancelled. Thanks to some blind luck (and very good friends) I was able to snag a ticket to day 3 of their Permission to Dance shows in LA earlier this month. While out in LA we stopped at a few shops and got to enjoy traveling after almost a whole 2 years of not being able.
We headed off to LA early on November 30th with a 5am flight time! Although groggy and tired for having to be at the airport at 3am we made it just fine and were excited to see so many other Armys headed off on their own adventures in LA. I even found out later that Colorado's own @Simplycreations was also on our flight!
After an hour delay of our flight and sitting on the plain we were finally off and landed in LA around 7:30am to begin our adventure!
We only planned to stay in LA for 3 days so we had to pack everything we wanted to do into our short stay. After landing and dropping off our luggage we made our way to the Line Friends store in Hollywood! As expected there was already a large line formed - and the prospect of everything being sold out from the previous days - however, we still wanted to take some photos so in line we waited!
After hosting so many events I've been left with some extra goodies. I decided to bring some of these goodies along and pass them out during the trip! While waiting in the long line for the Line Friends store I decided to pass a few left over member photostrips from our 8 year celebration back in June. I had a blast seeing and meeting so many kind Army and getting to see smiles on their faces from receiving a goodie!
While waiting in line we also got to see two birthday projects for our dear V! Shown on the big screens on the street of Hollywood Boulevard!
After 3 hours in line we finally made our way inside the store. As expected the pickings were slim and many of our favorite items were sold out. That didn't stop us however, from having a great time in the store. There are plenty of fun photo opertunities with the character statues as well as the hand plaques of each of the members and we made sure to take advantage of them.
After leaving Line Friends we were off to our next store! For anyone in Colorado you know there aren't many Kpop store options here so we always make sure to visit our favorite Kpop stores when we come to LA. Our next stop and go to CD store was Choice Music in Korea Town. As always they had an absolutely amazing collection of albums for all Kpop fans. And, of course their stock of BTS albums were nice and full! Being I already own all the albums in the BTS collection I made sure to grab a copy of Seventeen's "Attaca". We then stopped by Music Plaza - who has more albums and some other fun extra goodies like stickers, figures, pins and more! Here I made sure to pick up the EPEX's second album "Bipolar Pt. 2" and Felix's "God's Menu" Bbokari figure.
Our last stops for day one in LA were a delicious dinner of KBBQ where we stuffed our faces with as much as we could eat and then finished the night with a dessert of Bingsu! Oreo Bingsu to be exact! After stuffing our faces we headed back to our hotel to rest and open our albums and get ready for the big day the next morning!
It's concert day! And we planned on spending most of the day getting ready for that night. Heading over just a few hours early to pass out the rest of the freebies (Past cupsleeves and wristbands) that I had brought! Many people want to go early for merch but one piece of advice I have is try and get your merch online before the concert! Lines during the concert are LONG and can take hours to get through and they run our very very quickly!
Okay, back to the blog, concert day! We started our day with a continental breakfast provided by the Hotel. Usually, I stay in AirBnb's due to them being cheaper but because of the pandemic Hotels were the way to go this trip and the included breakfast was a wonderful addition. Not only did it save a little money on food but it made getting up in the morning easier when we knew breakfast would be waiting!
After breakfast three of us in our group decided to go get our nails done for the show. Wanting to be concert ready from head to toe! It's always a fun time going to a local nail solan to get your nails done for a concert. A great bonding experience and perfect way to pamper yourself on a trip. Once our nails were beautified it was back to the hotel to finish getting ready! Hair, make up, and outfit all set!
We arrived at the venue about 5pm. The skies were foggy and it was a bit chilly outside but the area was packed and lines were already LONG! As I stated earlier I always suggest to get your merch online before the concert so I didn't wait in line. Instead, I set off to pass out all the freebies I had brought. Past cupsleeves, wristbands, and special concert prints! Everyone was so kind and thankful for what they received. It's always a joy to see how excited everyone gets over what you are passing out.
After passing out freebies we searched for our gate, and let me tell you, it was hard. Sofi is huge - signage was also scarce so finding where our gate was was extremally difficult. We ended up line hopping until eventually we were just told to go to any open gate and get inside - and that's what we did. We made it inside fairly quickly with no fuss and took a few photos with the Sofi sign and of the inside of the venue. If I thought the outside looked large the inside looked even bigger. The seats in the 500 all looked so far up and the whole venue was so spread out, it was definitely the largest venue I had ever been in.
My ticket was in the 100 level - and to get to the 100 level you actually had to go down the elevator and under the main stadium to access your section. The only section lower then ours being the floor. I was lucky enough to be in the 6th row of my section in the isle seat so I was close to the railing and I had plenty of room to dance. Only down side of where I was seated - and something for any new concert goer to be aware of - was I had an obstructed view by the moving camera for the whole show. It would move back and forth so at some points it was fine but others it would be in my way. Although annoying it wasn't anything too big of a deal.
Now here's what you are all waiting for - the concert! Before the concert, like usual, they were playing music videos for the fans to watch. Its always a joy to hear everyone sing along and fan girl over the videos together. When the concert started it of course started in the flashiest way they could - a full performance of ON! I was so excited to see ON live because it is one of my favorite songs and I was so bummed when it didn't get a chance to promote more.
They then did some of their older more up beat songs like Fire, Dope, and DNA. The boys looked so amazing in their white outfits and I loved hearing some of their older songs to help pump up the audience right away. I want to avoid listing out every song they did in our show. The boys killed ever set they had but I'd like to focus on the special ones. Special performances like "Black Swan" with the inclusion of the dance opening. The whole performance with the background dancers being their wings was gorgeous and the boys wore all black outfits to fit the songs name.
Some of my other favorite stages included "Life Goes On" where they were on a bed that moved around the stage and a camera took photos of them as they went that froze on the screen when they were taken. The concept was very cool and it was fun seeing the members trying to hit the perfect pose but, in most cases, failing (I'm looking at you JK.) I also loved "Butter" - which the best part of the performance was the synced light sticks that made the whole stadium one big light show!
During "Telepathy" the boys road on moving carts around the stadium to visit their fans in the stands. I was so excited since I was in level one and close to the railing - however, a bunch of fans from the back rushed down the stairs and blocked the way. A lot were also standing on chairs. I was a bit disappointed to see this happen - mainly due to how unsafe it is. I know you want to see the boys close but please be safe and don't rush down the stairs or stand on chairs to do so. Despite all that however, I was able to get a good view of the boys when they were close. As always they were so good looking it hurts!
They performed a lot more songs - such as "Love Myself," another favorite of mine "Spring Day," and of course the namesake of the show, "Permission to Dance." However, one of the best parts of a BTS show is the MET's and getting a chance to hear them talk. Now there was too much to relay message by message - but the MET's are always my favorite because I feel really connected with the idols when listening to them. Their jokes, their inspiring words, event their tearful ones all mean a great deal. Not only that but it just felt so good to listening to them talk live after so long.
They ended the concert with confetti, balloons, and smiling faces and it was everything I could ask for. I know I went over the concert relatively quickly here but it's hard to articulate in words everything I felt during the show other then pure hippieness to just be there again and not only seeing a concert after almost 2 years but getting to see BTS after 3.
After the concert we were hungry and buzzing with energy o we took a walk down to the Ihop for dinner/breakfast (it was close to 1am when we finally got seated). After filling out bellies and getting home we understandably went straight to bed and slept hard - images of colorful confetti in our heads.
Day 3 marked our last day in LA and our last opportunity to do everything we wanted. I have family in LA so I ended up waking up early to go eat breakfast with them. Once I came back to the hotel we immediately set off to go back to Korea Town to hit two more stores to round out our trip. The first store is a go to stop for every trip to LA - however, its not a Kpop shop. Instead we went to Paris Baguette our favorite Korean bakery. if you've never been it resembles a Tour Le Jours - however tends to have a few more items. My very favorite thing to get is their pudding, but they were all out so I ended up getting a raspberry mochi doughnut and it was AMAZING.
After grabbing our treats we hopped in line to our last Kpop store of the trip: Kpop Music Town. Kpop Music Town not only had a ton of albums but they also carried a ton of other items like art prints and lanyards and pillows. The only thing I would warn about Kpop Music Town is they do carry off brand items so make sure you take a close look before you but!
After we got our goodies (I picked up both versions of "Christmas Evel") we rushed back to the hotel to pick up our bags and head to the airport. Like our flight out the check in process was very easy and we got in no problem. The only difference was there wasn't nearly as many Army on the flight home :(
Our trip was short and sweet but I loved every minute of it. Being able to not only go see a concert after almost 2 years but being able to go see my favorite group with my best friends made the trip even better. I hope next time we can spend even longer and make more memories together!
Until the next adventure!
November 19th, 2021 we were happy to welcome VANNER back to Denver! It was their first US fan meet but the second time the group has visited our city! I was extremely excited to attend and see the boys for a second time - and just like last time, they put on an amazing show!
Unlike regular concerts, this was a fan meet which is inherently smaller an more intimate then a concert. Held at Temple Denver, the space is typically a night club but was surprisingly a wonderful venue choice for this event. The walls donning the groups logo on the walls and providing a close space to enjoy.
I was lucky enough to attend the event with many of my good friends. Not only that but thanks to the closeness of the Denver Kpop community I got to see many familiar faces as well as many new faces! One of my favorite parts of concerts/fan meets is always meeting other fans. On top of meeting everyone I made special hand banners so that everyone could have a small momento of the event!
As part of our tickets we got a special Q&A session with the boys - where they answered our burning questions. Not only that though, they also asked us questions to which we could win special polaroid's or albums if we got them right (shout out to Tyra and Kat for winning!!) Another bonus we received was the fan sign where I was pleasantly surprised to find they not only signed my album but a second post card as well so it felt extra special! The boys were all incredibly pleasant and fun to talk to.
Probably the most special part of the evening was the photo section where everyone got a photo with the boys! The various poses everyone chose was incredibly fun to watch and I enjoyed hearing all the fans cheering for each other.
Along with the photos with the whole group we were also able to purchase polaroid's with individual members. Again it was extremely cute to see all the poses and smiles from both the group and the fans.
After the fun we got a small performance of 4 songs which the boys did amazing as expected.
Overall the event was so extremely fun and was a perfect welcome back kpop event after 2 years of nothing! I'm so incredibly happy I was able to share it with so much of the Colorado kpop community and I can't wait to see them again next year! I want to give a big thank you to Kpop-Me for bringing VANNER back to Denver as well as to the Kpop-Now team for all being great and our own local volunteers who we know and love for making the event even more special!
Can't wait for next year! Lets go #DENVANNER!