The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
Contact: Taylor Funari – PR Trend, [email protected]
The Web: kard-official.com
Players: BM, vocals; Somin, song; J. Seph, vocals; Jiwoo, vocals
Material: With lights flashing around the stage and a backdrop of colorful psychedelic videos throughout the night, mixed K-Pop group KARD put on a non-stop show combining Latin, EDM and hip-hop flavors at the Los Angeles stage of their American tour. Playing for over 90 minutes with selections from Hola Hola, You and Me, Ride On the Wind, Take You Down, Red Moonand latest version Rethe group delivered coordinated hip thrusts and precisely choreographed dance moves to a young, bubbly crowd who sang, shook and shouted enthusiastically with every word.
Musicality : The quartet clearly spent a lot of time on their vocal training and dance choreography, moving almost nonstop throughout the performance, only sitting down once to focus on the tight harmonies of “Break Down.” : a theme song for a generation using their voice to express themselves. The reggaeton-tinged pop song “Go Baby” added the crowd’s chanting on the “go baby girl” chorus, with the chant continuing on “GunShot.”
Performance: Opening with a strong Latin flavor, including sultry hip thrusts and flowing choreography (“Oh NaNa” and “Dimelo”), the group added crowd favorites “Hola Hola”, “You In Me” and “Moonlight”, sharing a few breakdancing moves before turning into a tribal energy EDM bop, similar to the vibe of “Bomb Bomb”. “Dimelo” added slow, sultry dance choreography between the performers, with “Dumb Litty” bringing heavier percussive energy and punctuated angsty lyrics. The Latin energy and heavy choreography returned for the closing nights “Ring The Alarm” and “Ride on the Wind”.
Summary: The members of KARD are clearly at home on stage and each possess incredible stamina, moving easily while displaying great vocal control and confidence, even sharing Chris Brown’s “Take You Down” (solo cover of JiWoo) and superb vocal harmonies in their cover of Camilla Cabello & Ed Sheeran’s “Bam Bam” (performed as a duet between J. Seph and Somin). They showed an ongoing connection with the crowd through bilingual (English-Korean) banter, with J. Seph even sharing his mother’s Instagram account and encouraging fans to send her videos from the evening. By adding intermittent and motivating decibel controls, KARD shows a clear commitment to its sea of screaming fans with its upbeat and driving show.