B1A4, a South-Korean pop boy band, has been amplifying the Korean pop craze ever since their debut performance in 2011 with their debut song entitled “O.K.” along with the release of their cute music video to accompany it. They are well known for their cute demeanor and adorable dance moves alongside their iconic fashion sense. I thought I would never see them in person because Korean pop groups tend to have concerts either in the West Coast or the East Coast; it almost feels like the Midwest does not exist in a lot of Korean entertainment companies’ eyes. To my surprise, B1A4’s managing company decided to hold one of their US concerts on October 5, 2014, at the Rosemont Theatre, right by the blue line Rosemont CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) station.
As I walked towards the concert venue, I was able to see a stream of fans ranging from teenagers to people in their twenties like myself. A lot of fans brought their boom boxes and started playing B1A4’s songs alongside other popular Korean pop songs. Some fans decided to make colorful fan signs and one of the fans actually made fan signs for everyone to hold! The intensity of the dedication of many of these fans is very high and many of them even learned all the dance moves to B1A4’s popular songs such as “Beautiful Target,” “Baby, Goodnight,” and “Lonely” and performed them in unison in front of the concert waiting line.