Concert reviews have been somewhat of a rare occurrence here on All Things Go, but every once in a while Zack and I get to go to a show that we just have to write about. It’s these shows that force you to look in the mirror and ask yourself: “Who am I really?”. It’s these shows that encourage you to look back at what you’ve done in life and question whether you’ve been true to yourself. It’s these shows that change who you are as a person. That’s why All Things Go would like to thank the Jonas Brothers for encouraging us to look deeper into our souls and learn who we are as people.
It’s safe to say that the place to be this weekend was the nation’s capital. With manifestations of Obamania at the corner of every street in the district, Washington was more alive than it had ever been in recent history in the lead up to the inauguration of our nation’s 44th president. And as is usually the case every four years, there are plenty of inaugural events and balls that occur in the several days surrounding this momentous date. One of these was the Kid’s Inaugural, a Disney-hosted concert held in honor of American military families.
On the night of this event, the Verizon Center was abound with hordes of little children, all absolutely psyched to see Miley Cyrus and the Jo’ Bros. The concert also included performances by The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift‘s Bow Wow, rising Disney stars Corbin Bleu and Demi Lovato, and appearances by Jamie Foxx, Usher, Rosario Dawson, and the one and only George Lopez.
Although Zack and I got pretty pumped up by all the performances that night, our awkward attempts at dancing to Miley Cyrus and making cat-calls to George Lopez were shrouded by the shrieks and screams coming from the thousands of Disney-ites in attendance. But you can’t blame these kids for being so excited — several of the night’s performances were legitimately entertaining. The event kicked off with a four-song set by Miley Cyrus, which included the ever-popular “See You Again” and a duet with Billy Ray Cyrus which, to our chagrin, was not a father-daughter rendition of “Achy Breaky Heart.” The remainder of the night was filled with a slew of celebrity appearances and performances, most of which were fine and amusing (although Demi Levato’s second song, “La-La Land,” closed out with a pretty-awesome-but-I-guess-you-had-to-be-there breakdown).
The musical highlight of the night was by far the Jonas Brothers. Would I have been furious if they didn’t play “Burnin’ Up”? Yes, incredibly. Fortunately, I didn’t have to throw a hissy fit. The Jo’ Bros rounded out their four-song set with their hit single, bringing every tween girl in the room to their knees. To be honest, the three siblings are great entertainers. I was surprised at how much I seriously enjoyed their performance, not for its novelty value, but as an actual concert.
However, the true highlight of the event was having Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, at the event. Michelle did give a speech towards the end of the show, but the best part was having the presidential family around for the entire show and seeing them dance the night away to the Jonas Brothers, Miley, and co. The two Obama girls seemed to be having the times of their lives, a good start for their stay here in the nation’s capital.
So was the concert a blast? Yes. Am I somewhat ashamed? Sure. Does that make me lame? You be the judge (Yes.). But in the end it was a fun part of the weekend-long celebration here in Washington, DC that it was truly special to be a part of.