Who are the Jonas Brothers?
That was the question on our minds Friday afternoon when my dad called. He had some tickets available to a Jonas Brothers concert that evening. Would we like to go? Pretty much all we knew was that the Jonas Brothers are a product of the Disney empire and are very, very popular with pre-teen girls. Our pre-teen girl and her older brother were each already committed to other plans for the evening, and we had been casting about for something to do with Anna. A concert? Why not?
We decided to take one of Anna’s friends with us, a dear little boy we know from our swim club. His mom dropped him off to us and we were soon on our way:
Traffic was heavy in town – there was a Phillies game starting at the same time. By the time we made it to our seats, one of the opening acts was already on stage:
The show was sold out, so the arena was packed to the gills, and it was LOUD:
The music itself actually wasn’t too loud – I’ve been to concerts at the Wachovia Center before which were absolutely painful. No, the loudness was supplied by the crowd. In between acts, there was a feature where you could send a text message to be displayed on the big screens over the stage. Pretty much all of the messages looked like this:
Every time a new message came up, there was a new round of screaming. And by the time we got to the main event, the excitement in the crowd had gone far beyond a fever pitch. Here’s a brief video clip to give you a sense… make sure your speakers are not turned up too loudly before you play this:
My hearing was completely shot when we got out of there.
Jordin Sparks, formerly of American Idol, was one of the opening acts, and she put on a very energetic set:
As for the main event, well, they were pretty lively too:
Anna and her friend had a fabulous time, despite the fact that they didn’t know any of the songs… indeed, we were probably the four most clueless and unaware people in the whole place that night. We do know that there are three Jonas Brothers, they are all fairly musical guys, and they’ve put out two platinum-selling albums of up-tempo pop/rock songs. We also know that next time they come to town, we’re bringing earplugs.
A footnote: When we had gone into the concert, there were two dads who were tailgating in the parking lot. Presumably their wives and daughters were inside at the show. When we left, they were still out there, tossing a football back and forth in the blissfully quiet parking lot. An idea to remember for future teenybopper events….