More than 20,000 excited fans packed Pelham Bay Park at Orchard Beach Wednesday night for an exciting performance featuring Jennifer Lopez, who returned to the Bronx for a free concert. The Borough native went down memory lane performing her biggest hits. According to the New York Daily News, she started the concert with her pop song Same Girl as a way of letting her fans know that fame had not changed her. She also performed hits such as Love Don’t Cost a Thing and Waiting for Tonight.
Although most people loved her return, some community members of neighboring City Island were not as enthusiastic. They feared that the concert would cause traffic chaos. One resident told CBS 2 they would prefer it if the concert did not happen, but as early as 3 p.m. New York City Police and the Transit Center arranged shuttles and buses to take residents to the concert and to the subway near Orchard Beach. Lopez said that her return to the Bronx would not be as big as other events happening there such as Fourth of July or Memorial Day, so there was no need to worry about the traffic.
JLo not only performed like a true pop star, but also brought back an outfit very similar to the famous sheer green Versace dress she wore at the Grammys in 2000. The bodysuit had very similar tropical patterns to the Versace dress, however this outfit was not as revealing. Even though the neckline did not go all the way down to her belly button, but she did let her always-talked-about bottom show off a little. The concert lasted 90 minutes, and Lopez also performed some songs from her new upcoming album A.K.A., which will be released June 17. The show also featured other artists such as Ja Rule, Fat Joe and French Montana, and some amazing dancers that dished out great dance moves, changing outfits with almost every performance.
Many of her fans were excited to see Lopez perform in her hometown; this was the first time she had a concert where she grew up. Reporter Erin Clarke from NY1 interviewed some of the fans. They expressed how grateful they were JLo was putting on the concert for free, and others said that they were excited that she was representing the Bronx.
The concert is part of the State Farm Neighborhood Sessions, which brings artists back to their hometowns to give thanks for their great support. The general admission to the concerts are free for the community, and the VIP tickets are reasonably priced. The funds raised at each event benefit the charity partners of each community. Lopez’s return to the Bronx was a success, and she gave thanks to State Farm and her fans for their support through a Twitter picture with the hashtags #JLoComingHome and #NeighborhoodSessions. Her fans cannot wait for her to make a return with another concert in the town that raised her.
By Marcia Villavicencio