Jennifer Lopez rings in 50 at her finest

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Jennifer Lopez 50th-Birthday Party cake
Jennifer Lopez 50th-Birthday Party cake

It’s My Party tour is upbeat and a real celebration

Jennifer Lopez hit a milestone turning 50 years old in July. To celebrate the turning point, the seemingly ageless multifaceted performer embarked on a Summer-long tour appropriately titled It’s My Party. The tour included a sold-out show at Prudential Center in Newark.

Jennifer Lopez 50th Birthday Party spread at GRAMMY ™ Museum
Jennifer Lopez 50th Birthday Party spread at GRAMMY ™ Museum. Photo by Will Loschiavo.

“Icon” and “Diva” are two words regularly associated with J-Lo, whose net worth is more than $400 Million. Thus, it would not come as a surprise that the dancer, turned actress, turned singer, turned businesswoman extraordinaire, whose production company is producing the star-studded comedy-drama Hustlers due in theaters September 13, 2019, would not be in attendance at her own exclusive soiree. It was held at The GRAMMY Museum™.  And the private pre-show was a “whose who” of music industry execs and press alike. It featured a wide array of artisan desserts, an open bar, and an intimate performance by the unsigned up and coming Evangelia, who is quite reminiscent of a young Jennifer Lopez musically and physically.

The atmosphere provided the perfect high in preparation of what is undoubtedly the most positive tour of the year. Positive, the best word to describe It’s My Party. The two-and-a-half hour show consists of a catalog of nostalgia-inducing upbeat hits. It includes stunning visuals and motivational moments from the highest-paid Latina film actress. J-Lo grew up in a struggling working class Bronx household not far from Newark.

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Straight out the gate J-Lo kicks off the dance-fueled birthday party to a roaring audience of 20,000 concertgoers performing her current radio hit “Medicine” before moving into the empowering “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” and energizing “Get Right.”

Jennifer Lopez solidifies her status as a pop music icon on her commemorative “It’s My Party” world tour
From the vocals, choreography, setlist and wardrobe, Jennifer Lopez solidifies her status as a pop music icon on her commemorative “It’s My Party” world tour. Photo by Will Loschiavo.

The impressive 24-track setlist did not disappoint as it hasn’t been since Lady Gaga’s 2017 Joanne World Tour where a major pop artist strategically crafted such a tour setlist which illustrates how many successful singles they have acquired. Ultimately, when fans are attending shows of this caliber, which cost a significant amount of money, they come with a certain level of expectation. Too often today mainstream artists get too bumptious with their selections, routinely including their favorites as opposed to the music which made them who they are. J-Lo dodged this current mistake of a trend completely, which is by and large the reason why much of the arena was on their feet during the entire show, a rarity.

Jennifer Lopez on stage
Jennifer Lopez on stage. Photo by Will Loschiavo.

J-Lo is a passionate performer. And every song ignites a particular emotion within the audience. She featured, “Si Una Vez” from her first major film the Selena biopic; to “I’m Real” which brings us back to a Pre-911 time when life was seemingly much simpler. Plus,  she featured “Jenny from the Block,” which reminds us to never forget our roots no matter what level of success we acquire. “All I have” addresses moving on from a one-sided relationship due to infidelity. “On the Floor” is a dance anthem still on rotation in nearly every gay club. J-Lo saves the best for last in the encore, closing with her staple dance anthem “Let’s Get Loud” which is seemingly the theme of the evening.

From the vocals, choreography, setlist and wardrobe, Jennifer Lopez solidifies her status as a pop music icon on her commemorative It’s My Party world tour. Effortlessly, J-Lo lets it be known every night she is on stage that there is no feat she can not accomplish. Bravo, all around.

Watch Jennifer Lopez open up her festive birthday celebration tour with her latest hit “Medicine.” And watch a full playlist of “It’s My Party” performances here