The reason I chose to write about the Brooklyn Nets opening event that took place at the Barclays Center the 6th of October is because they used this opportunity not just for the fans can celebrate but also rejoice a Brooklyn native who started out from poverty and became a global icon, Jay-Z. The Jay-Z concert which sponsored the Brooklyn Nets gave honor to the city’s past successors before the beginning of the event. My experience in the event was unlike any other. The place was shaking from so many people cheering, clapping, roaring and dancing. I can say that the Barclays Center is bigger than it looks as I walked in and sat at the section on the very top. Jay came out after introducing the city’s timeline with a freestyle rap about his experience owning a team in the city that raised him up with a rough environment. The concert was different from many others as the place was 90% of the time black, unlike a Latin hip hop concert where it’d be lid up with fumes and all kinds of concert “bubbles” plus the neon lights going on and off all over the place. I was overwhelmed because during the performance he never showed mimicking.
I felt at home even though I’m from the Bronx since growing up, music’s been my life and my love. The beats, the instruments and Jay conducting his own band make the future look beautiful for a student slash young artist like me as I also make music. Recently, starting to get involved with sequencing sounds in a computer, and graduating with a certificate at Touro College of Audio Engineering in 2007, I understood how important this investment was and it looks worth the money with so many fans supporting the beauty of how a person that’s relative to one with struggles, hardships and oppositions can expand his/her thought from childhood to grown up (superseding all odds).
In ways this event did not affect me aesthetically was the darkness of it as well as how long It took to start from the time it was supposed to. Although the performance executed as creatively as possible I would have modified the lights and give Jay more fumes since he won’t take dancers up on stage with him if it’s not Beyoncé sometimes. I believe the event was great, not as great as the “Fade To Black” concert he did at Madison Square Garden, but It definitely demands New Yorkers and the whole United States of America to pay attention at the new Barclays Center. More so, from an aesthetic point of view the fact that its owner is Jay-Z people would say it’s a global celebration for the wealthy not to mention for the poor. Another experience of aesthetic creativeness was the guidance of the artist towards the fans and the interaction he had with us. Whatever he’d say for the people to do, the people did. When Jay said “make some noise” everybody would make noise. When Jay said “sing” everybody sang. When Jay’d tell the musicians to “stop playing” or “play low” they’d “stop or play low”. Also cellphones were up for so long that the event looked like it had sprinkles on the floor from where I was sitting.
While on stage, Jay expressed how flattered he felt performing all around the world but the sold out Barclays Center fans made him feel like never before. My favorite part in which I pictured myself in was before everything started Jay was walking in with people cheering and chanting going impatient after teasers he’d make getting ready to perform on stage. He shared he lived 15 minutes away from the Barclays Center, and made moves with clubs as he was growing up all around that location which also affected attendants aesthetically. Throughout all the spectacles of the night, It couldn’t have ended better than with it being a sold out event. Beyoncé, Jay-Z’s wife, came out performing, and that also made an impact on everybody. To have your family on stage with you, performing at your own stage for fans in Brooklyn New York is a collective memory for anyone with big dreams.
This event will be remembered for its creative experience and aesthetic content of a Brooklyn kid, growing up from nothing to something.