Way back in March, when Isabelle’s 8th birthday was approaching, I just wasn’t into the idea of planning yet another formulaic birthday party. I had the idea that instead of throwing a party with a bunch of little girls we don’t particularly care about (and having to at wrangle them all), we could just do something special for Isabelle. I also thought this could be a sneaky way of saving some money,* since parties get so dang expensive!! But what to do?
Go see Katy Perry, of course!!
Unfortunately, the concert wasn’t going to be until August, so it couldn’t be a surprise (um, hey sweetie, we got you a present, but it’s a surprise. And you can’t have it for 5 months. Happy birthday!). So we told her- actually, we gave her the choice between seeing Demi Lovato the week before her actual birthday or waiting for Katy Perry, and by the title and timing of this post I’m sure you know what she picked. And she has waited patiently, without even asking how much longer until the concert even once, because she is the best child ever born in the history of ever.
And finally, FINALLY, yesterday was the day!! A school night! In the middle of the week! And the concert was 50 miles away! Because we make good parenting choices!
We set off nice and early (5:20pm) to make the hour drive to Lincoln just in case there was rush hour/concert traffic. There wasn’t. So we were a little early (or an eternity) for the 7pm start time. No problem, the whole experience was exciting for her, and there was tons of time to navigate lines for tshirts, and lines for the bathroom, and lines for water.
We got to our seats probably about 7:15, halfway through the pre-opening act. An act (Ferious? Ferros?) who was clearly SUPER enamored of 80s staples like Simple Minds’ Don’t Forget About Me, and could use some help lowering the inanity level of his lyrics. One song was about his leather jacket, and at one point he started talking to the audience like, “do you want to know why I love this jacket?” and Izzy says “not really.” Ha!
Nose bleed seats- but no obs vu!
Anyway, he finally finished, and I thought “super. Now the real opening act, then the main event!” Except, no. Despite the set pieces for the opener consisting of two neon cacti, it took at least 30min for Kacey Musgrave (is that her name?) to start. Good news: she’s really good and I liked her songs. Bad news: it’s already past Isabelle’s bedtime and the “real” concert (which I knew from Google was 2 hours long) hasn’t even started. Good thing I let Izzy eat an entire giant bag of cotton candy!
FINALLY, at about 9:15pm, Katy Perry entered rose up through the center of the stage. And here is where I regale you with a million terrible, blurry, far away iphone pics!
Girl puts on a hell of a show. She also changes her clothes faster than anyone I know. She had tons of costume changes (including wigs!), and back up dancers dressed as Egyptians, as cats, as cats IN costume (cat walking to Vogue, no less), and in various day glo outfits- with or without neon piping. It was quite the spectacle.
She had a cool horse manned by people that she rode around on
This effect where she “walked on air” over a giant blowing sheet of fabric was fun
When she rose up in this giant skirt right before our eyes Isabelle said “Katy has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.”
Here she is giving two kids from the audience corn because, Nebraska.
Real fireworks for the finale, showstopper Firework!
All in all it was an awesome time. I would totally go again, even though I didn’t get to bed until 1:30am and Isabelle had to go to school on 6 hours of sleep instead of her usual 11.
So fun. Happy birthday, Isabelle!!
*so not cheaper than a birthday party