Monday, August 20, 2012

My Baby's First Concert

Oh. Em. Gee. You guys! So last month I had the opportunity to take my daughter to her very first concert. I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a Demi Lovato concert with Hot Chelle Rae opening for Demi. We were also invited to a backstage pre-show party with Demi! How's that for a first concert experience ever?! I know, nothing I ever try to do will top this first experience, but I'm ok with that!

Let's start at the beginning, shall we? Back in June I was presented with an opportunity to take my daughter to a backstage party with Demi Lovato hosted by Hallmark.  Leading up to the show, Hannah was so excited she couldn't sit still.  We had to pick Daddy up at work before we headed to the concert so we were of course listening to Demi and HCR on my iPhone while waiting for him.  Girlfriend was gettin' down with her bad self ;)

Once we dropped Sean off at home and changed our clothes we headed out for our girls night downtown, baby!  We were both pretty excited to experience something so cool together.

So you are probably wondering how we managed to score this awesome opportunity, well let me tell you about it!   Hallmark has this awesome new product called Textbands and have teamed up with Demi Lovato to get the word out about them.  Textbands are pretty cool, you wear them on your wrist and can type a message into them and by bumping fists or giving your friend a high-five the message you typed on your Textband magically appears on their Textband! 

So, when we got to the Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix we went to will call to pick up our tickets and passes.  As soon as they were in hand, a Hallmark rep greeted us to show us where to go.  There was no chance of getting lost trying to find the party because there were Hallmark reps positioned all along the way directing us.  Major bonus points to Hallmark for this!  Once we checked into the party we got our Textbands and were given instructions on how to work them.  We met up with a few of our friends, other Arizona Bloggers Sara from Clever Pink Pirate, Wendy from Choosing Love AZ, Kara from AZ Thrifty Mom and Becca from Our Crazy Boys.  We were all directed to the backstage area where Hallmark had put on quite a spread and being the awesome blogger I am, I completely spaced on taking pics of the spread.  Yep, I know.  #bloggerfail.

Anyway, there were bean bags all over the floor for everyone to sit on and of course the food and drinks to enjoy before the show.  After a little bit, the people from Hallmark had us all line up to meet and get a photo with Demi and once we had all done that we took a seat again.

A little bit later, Demi came out with a guitarist and played a few songs for us.  It was super cool!

Once the backstage party was over, we all made our way down to our totally AWESOME seats.  Hannah and I were in the 15th row, really close to the stage.

Hannah had seen all these teenagers taking crazy face pictures and of course had to be like the big girls, so she wanted me to take a pic of her like this...

Once the show started, Hot Chelle Rae came on and put on a really fun show.  I knew their songs from hearing them on the radio, but I have to say I am a big fan now having seen them live.  Really engaging and a lot of fun to watch perform.  Hannah sang along with me and everyone else in the crowd and she cheered and screamed and seemed to get the hang of what it means to be at a concert pretty quick.

Now, I wish I had some cool photos of Demi actually performing, but every single picture I took while she was on stage was crap.  The lights were so bright on her you can't even see her, like at all in the pics.  You just see these insane lights shining on the stage.  lol.  Another #bloggerfail.  Even without the great pictures of Demi performing I can tell you, she was awesome.  She had great energy and really connected with the crowd by talking about her struggles with self-harm and eating disorders and just letting her fans know they are not alone and to reach out for help before its too late.  Yes, this mama teared up.  And I cannot hear Skyscraper without almost bawling.Every.single.time.

After the show was over, Hannah and I made our way home and spent the next 2 days trying to get our hearing back to normal and of course telling all of our friends about what an awesome time we had and about the Hallmark TextBands! 

Now, how about a giveaway!  Hallmark is giving 2 of my lucky readers their own set of Textbands! 


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