Taking advantage of the long Fourth of July holiday weekend, 7000Miles (a New York based concert production company) hosted a show at (le) Poisson Rouge, a small downtown venue. The night’s headliner for the “Night of Soul” was non-other than singer Kim Tae Woo. Known mostly as being the lead singer of g.o.d (a first-generation idol group), Kim Tae Woo has gone on to a successful solo career collaborating with many artists and contributing to OSTs. Fans were all lined up to get into the venue and enjoy the rare occasion where a top singer would perform in such an intimate locale.
After a very hip opening act, Kim Tae Woo took the small stage and started with the upbeat “Lonely Funk,” which immediately got the audience up and dancing. The Super Session band that accompanied Kim Tae Woo was made up of local musicians; Youngjoo Song on Piano, Hyunwook Yang on Saxophone, BIGYUKI on Keys/Synthesizer, Randy Runyon on Guitar, Sangmin Lee on Drums, Dukrae Noh on Bass, and Sori Kim as the Chorus. Together, they perfectly melded the funky beats and modern jazz sounds to create a great atmosphere that everyone enjoyed.
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After the first few songs, Kim Tae Woo began a typical introduction which quickly turned into a talk session with the audience. The intimate stage allowed him to get up and personal with the audience members, chatting some of them up and even telling some to post his performance on YouTube. He then incited a freestyle dance session with I Love Dance (a local K-pop dance class) with the band playing Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
Kim Tae Woo went on to sing a few covers of Stevie Wonder’s popular songs including “Isn’t She Lovely,” followed by a lovely duet with Sori Kim to “When I Fall in Love.” After the duet, Kim Tae Woo randomly selected a phone number from the ones that were submitted prior to the show. After dialing it, the crowd went quiet to hear for the phone to ring. Once someone answered, Kim Tae Woo called her up onto the stage where he gave her a single rose and began to serenade her with “Two of Us” while she filmed him on her cell phone.
After a quick instrumental break, Kim Tae Woo returned to the stage and began the rest of his set that included popular g.o.d songs like “To Mother” and “Lies.” The g.o.d set was by far the audience’s favorite, where you could clearly hear everyone singing along causing Kim Tae Woo to have a huge smile on his face. The show closed with Kim Tae Woo’s rendition of “New York State of Mind” and he thanked the audience and left the stage.
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The show was an overall great success. Being able to interact the way Kim Tae Woo did with the audience is something only a veteran in the K-pop industry could do. Sure, you can get a fangirl/boy scream from flashing lights and sexy dance moves, but Kim Tae Woo was able to connect on a more personal level and create fun and beautiful memories for his fans.
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