After this year of Idol, I found it amusing I had seen both Keith and Harry in concert for free, but hadn’t yet seen JLo.  So of course when I saw one of the local radio stations was giving away tickets I had to throw my hat in the ring. Then I got an email that I had won.  I didn’t realize that the cheapest tickets were $200!  Crazy.  I didn’t get the tickets in advance, we had to pick them up at Will Call that night so I had no idea where the seats would be – but for free I’ll sit pretty much anywhere.  First, they couldn’t find my name on the list and I was panicking a bit – I had driven 1.5 hours and was not about to buy a ticket if they didn’t have mine – but eventually she found me and I got 2 seats in the very last row of the lower level – which were listed as $275 a pop on their website. (whoa)

Doors were supposed to be at 7, but opened up more like 7:15.  The show was supposed to start at 8:00, but started after 8:30… (I just remember my friend Liz asking if it was 8:30 and I said after 8:30 and the show still hadn’t started.)

But once the show did start – it was pretty much non-stop.  There was no opener, and a few interludes so that Jennifer could change her outfits.  I was surprised that there was really only 1 song I didn’t know – other than the one that she said was from her new album and we probably didn’t know.  I guess that just shows how many singles she has had over the years! Wow!  (I did pick up A.K.A after I got home and will hopefully be reviewing it for a Music Monday one of these days!)

I think there were a final count of 6 or 7 outfits? Maybe more than that if you count when she added or took off pieces!  There were a lot of dance breaks and I couldn’t believe how much moving and running around she did throughout the show.  I was exhausted just watching her!  Pia Toscano from American Idol was also one of her backup singers which was pretty cool.

One thing I found interesting was how few people around me stood.  I guess a lot got the tickets comped because they didn’t seem like the typical demographic I had expected for a JLO show.  It seemed like most of the orchestra was up and dancing, but throughout the majority of the show I could count on one hand how many were standing near me. And one poor kid was dancing and got yelled at to sit down by the people behind him!  Look, if he was standing like a statue and no one in front of him was blocking his view – then mayyybeee I could see you asking him to sit.  But he obviously was enjoying himself and dancing around – so don’t make him chair dance!  There was also a sign when we came in that said they wouldn’t yell at anyone who was standing or dancing at their seats – and rightfully so!  I wonder if the venue gets a lot of complaints from people about others standing up and enjoying themselves?  There must be some reason they posted the sign?

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the show – but I definitely enjoyed myself and wouldn’t mind seeing her again! (As long as I don’t have to pay $200-$300!)  She talked a bit about how she liked the East Coast in the summer too.  And did a lot of “Will you sing along? I can’t hear you!” in between / during songs.  If you’re on the fence about seeing her live – definitely go!

First Love / Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Love Don’t Cost a Thing
Ain’t It Funny / I’m Real
I Luh Ya Papi
Get Right
Big Booty
Girls / If You Had My Love
I’m Into You
Waiting For Tonight
Never Satisfied
Dance Again
On The Floor
Let’s Get Loud

Jenny from the Block

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