Juniors reflect on experiences at Beyonce/Jay-Z ‘On the Run’ concert

September 2, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira

The joint Beyoncé and Jay-Z “On the Run” summer tour left its unforgettable mark on AT&T Park in San Francisco on Aug. 5 for the close of its North American leg, amazing fans with an epic two and half hour performance.

The joint Beyoncé and Jay-Z “On the Run” summer tour left its unforgettable mark on AT&T Park in San Francisco on Aug. 5 for the close of its North American leg, amazing fans with an epic two and half hour performance.

Junior Neeki Tahmassebi witnessed the electrifying concert live, along with junior Nina Harris.

“I have always loved Beyoncé, and seeing her in concert was a childhood dream of mine. I used to sing and dance to her songs when I was about 7 or 8 years-old,” Tahmassebi said.

The power couple performed music of a wide range in their respective careers: music that Queen B had produced when Tahmassebi was a child, to songs and rap that they had put out recently or just this year, including selections from Jay-Z’s latest “Magna Carta Holy Grail” album as well as Beyoncé’s famous “Single Ladies.” Fortunately for dedicated fans, everything they performed can be found on their “On the Run tour” album.

Although Tahmassebi admired the way Beyoncé carried herself as an artist, exuding great confidence and class as well as stunning outfits, one part of the night resonated most profoundly with her.

“The most memorable part of the night was when Beyoncé sang “Love on Top.” Her vocals were amazing, and I couldn’t believe what I had just heard live!” Tahmassebi said.

Junior Sabrina Clark also attended the concert with her mom and fellow junior Iva Glumac.

“Although Jay-Z definitely got the crowd going, Beyoncé was the most memorable part of the night,” Clark said. “She’s a great role model, as she can sing, dance, rap and inspire women to be strong all while looking like a model and simply being amazing.”

Because the theme was “On the Run,” the stage effects created an atmosphere of vagabonds escaping from the events of their pasts.

“The videos, lights and sound effects were all perfectly coordinated, and they meshed together many songs and overall created a story with movie clips and words and great music and effects,” Clark said.

The wild crowd of over 41,000 ranged from teenagers to middle-aged people. Everybody was extremely energized, hyped up, and dancing crazily. Clark was on the baseball field, where she was up and dancing and singing along for the whole night.

Although rumors circulated during the couple’s tour of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s divorce, Clark said the rumors seemed unlikely afterwards because they were so cute together, and Tahmassebi agreed.

“It was precious when they showed Blue Ivy on the big screen, and it was a slide show of her pictures. It was a cute and loving moment when the couple embraced each other and smiled at their baby daughter,” Tahmassebi said.

When the night ended around 11, the girls left with an experience to remember.

“I thought the concert was really worth it because seeing Beyoncé live is a very rare thing to come by. It was definitely something I will remember for the rest of my life. She is an icon,” Tahmassebi said.

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