Students perform, compete for prizes at K-pop concert

KSA hosts free event with dancing, music and gifts

By Kierstyn Wiley
On April 12, 2019

Photo by Axel Marcenaro: Acoustic Kollabo gives a solid performance at the K-pop Mini Concert. In addition to bands and singers, the concert featured multiple dance routines.

The Korean Student Association on April 5 held the K-pop Mini Concert in the C.J. Davidson Center for students to sing and dance to K-pop music.
The KSA wanted to give everyone who is and is not familiar with Korean culture a chance to have fun and learn about their music.
“We held a mini concert last semester, also, and it was pretty fun,” Brian Jeong, KSA board member, said. “A lot of people liked most of the events, so we decided to add games. Next semester, we are going to do similar events like this.”
The event was open to anyone interested in K-pop who wanted to enjoy a free activity on campus.
“It’s my friend’s birthday, and she really likes K-pop, but I’ve actually never heard it,” Dode Gleghorn, freshman, said. “I’m excited to get to see it because I’ve never been to anything like this before.”
With over 100 people in attendance for the mini concert, many students were excited to take part in Korean culture. 
“We wanted to be with our friend tonight and she enjoys Korean music,” Freshman Brandy Majano said. “I’m excited about the dances and the music because it sounds pretty cool.”
There was also an opportunity for performers and the audience to win prizes. 
“We gave the prize through a lottery without evaluating and scoring the ranking of the participating teams,” Soyoon Park, president of the KSA, said. “When the participants and the audience entered, they received random number on the pamphlets, and we drew the numbers and presented them with gifts.”
The participants were not ranked because KSA wanted everyone to have a chance to win. 
“Therefore, 12 winners are from the participating teams or the audience and they won the prize,” Park said. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to rank the participants in our event because this event was a concert. So, we prepared this concert as an event where the audience and participants can enjoy it together.”
Since there were 12 winners, each prize was different for each person ranging from snack sets to cosmetics.
A total of 17 students performed various types of Korean music during the concert.
The first to perform was Acoustic Kollabo, which is the only K-pop band at ASU. They played three songs by different famous Korean artists.
Eight teams sang during their K-pop performance while the remaining 9 teams competed to dance with the music.
“I think it’s a good opportunity to learn from others and other people’s culture and it’s great for students to go,” Majano said. 

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