If there's one thing that Jennifer Lopez has drilled into our heads over the last decade and a half, it's that she has a liking for this little ol' place called the Bronx and her one-off show at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Saturday, June 21 was no exception to that tale.
Just around 8:39 p.m., the phenomenon known as JLo emerged on stage in a diva-like fashion, donning a green one-piece, a throwback to her infamous Versace dress, which has its very own Wikipedia page. Backed by a live band and two backup singers, Jennifer opened the show with the pulsating bass of her latest single, "First Love." It was an initial crowd offering that would eventually turn into a retrospective of her career and journey to stardom. From the opening backdrop of the Bronx's Castle Hill neighborhood, to gushing about her love for her stoop days, Lopez's Saturday night takeover had one theme in mind: her roots.
"You mind if we go back to the JLo days right now?" she asked the crowd, before performing a medley of old-school hits, which left my 15-year-old self in utter bliss and my 26-year-old body unable to control itself. I mean, it was like a throwback to Friday night dances at my high school as she performed "Love Don't Cost A Thing" and straddled a bike during remixes of "Ain't It Funny" and "I'm Real."
Even at 44 years old, the papi-loving temptress proved that she can still shimmy, shake and dance just as good as she did during her late-'90s debut. Whether it was her seductive couch-grind during the mashup of "If You Had My Love" and her new track, "Girls," or her straight-out-of-the-video execution of the "Get Right" choreography — complete with cane in tow — JLo proved she can still hang.
And if that didn't catch your eye, then there were definitely a few eyebrows raised when she changed outfits and hit the stage for her new Diplo-produced track, "Booty." Let that sink in. Jennifer Lopez finally recorded a song in honor of the famed asset that we've been worshipping all these years. But she saved some of the best for last as the latter portion of her set list included "Never Satisfied," "On The Floor" and, of course, the deliciously-eargasmic sounds of "Waiting For Tonight."
Lopez's determination to get the crowd dancing and in a frenzy remained consistent, but wasn't met with an entirely-receptive response, especially since much of the audience was surprisingly older than what you would expect from a typical Jennifer Lopez concert. And yet, it's that drive, energy and on-stage charisma that makes Lopez the performer that she is, even if she might not give Adele a run for her money.
From her days as Bronx-born Jennifer to current-day JLo, there's no doubt the woman gives her all on stage. And no matter how far things have come since her beginning, Lopez seems to be insistent on letting people know that she really is that same hard-working girl.
As for the encore, you probably already guessed it: She's still, she's still "Jenny From The Block."
Check out the full set list below.
"Love Don't Cost A Thing"
"I'm Real (Remix)"
"Ain't It Funny (Remix)"
"I Luh Ya Papi"
"If You Had My Love/Girls"
"I'm Into You"
"Waiting For Tonight"
"Let's Get Loud"
"On The Floor"
"Jenny From The Block"
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