We all know someone, or are someone, who grew up in the 90’s. I was only alive for a little over half of that decade. But, I was alive enough to enjoy all that came with it. Toys (A Furby is officially worth thousands), clothes(we all had a scrunchy), TV shows(when TV was actually good) and lets not forget the boys that made girls swoon. Boy bands were everything in the 90’s. They were pretty much the only thing to fight about. Backstreet Boys or N’Sync? Maybe you were a 98 Degrees fan? I, personally, and still to this day, am a DIE hard Backstreet Boy girl. But, it’s the little brother of a Backstreet Boy that this post is about.
Aaron Carter. The younger brother of Backstreet hottie Nick Carter. I was 6 or 7 when I first heard his little voice and it was all down hill from there. I officially became a die-hard fan of the Carter brothers. Now, which one is my favorite is a debate I will NEVER get into. However, imagine my delight when I saw that Aaron was going to be doing a concert at a popular club in my city. I happen to live in a city where artists tend to frequent. But, I am usually only a big concert type girl and not a small venue girl. But I sure wasn’t about to pass on the chance to see someone I have loved since I was 7.
My college best friend and I got our tickets, made our way to the city, and listened to classic Aaron on the way via Pandora. Which also happened to play some Britney and other artists that gave you all the nostalgic feels. It was pouring rain and freezing cold(thank you, Minnesota) while we walked to dinner. We tried a new place in the city for dinner called ‘City Works’ that provided me the best fondue I have ever had and a burger that was bigger than me.
We left the restaurant and made our way a few blocks down the way to get in line. Still raining. Still cold. Still totally worth it. The show started at 9pm and the nostalgia set in. We enjoyed constant songs and movement for an hour. He was joined on stage by a hometown recording artist, also his best friend, known as “Lake Street Louie.” It wasn’t until this night that I was introduced to him(literally and figuratively), but he was pretty good! As I watched an artist that I have loved for over half my life perform, I realized this was one dream I never knew I had. At the end of the show, they announced a meet and greet and my friend and I just looked at each other like “do we or don’t we.” It was going to be an extra cost, on top of our ticket, and after about 20 minutes, we did. We got our V.I.P wristband, climbed the stairs to the top, looked at your phone cameras to see how bad the rain actually ruined our hair, and questioned each other on what you think he will be like and think of everything you want to say.
He came out, the line moved, Kayla went first, I provided her photo-op and then it was my turn….white noise. I felt like the 7-year-old in me was going to come out of my body and start jumping for joy. I literally didn’t know what was happening. You are less than a foot from someone you have loved for 17 years and suddenly you forget how to walk, talk, think, everything. It disappears. After casual conversation, autographs were signed, pictures were taken and my life was officially happy again!
Oh! And he said I won Queen Bee of boots for the night… No big deal.(silently freaking out on the inside.) Thank you JustFab for the best boot purchase ever!
We left the venue, walked back to my friend’s car and started driving home. I realized in that moment that I did something spontaneous for the first time in a long time. I’m not a meet and greet type person but, I spent the extra money, waited for the unknown and loved every second. The next day, I booked a spontaneous birthday trip to San Diego… Thank you Aaron Carter for giving me more than a great show and a memory that will last a lifetime.
And yes, he sang all the classics that made me freak out at 22, as if I was still a 7-year-old girl. 🙂