Inside Look at the ACM Party for a Cause and the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards in Dallas
For all my country music fans out there, this is the post for you. Not only do I have pictures from Friday and Saturday night's ACM Party for a Cause and Sunday's 50th ACM Awards, but I've got the behind the scenes scoop on how a made for TV concert really works.
But first and foremost, I want to say a HUGE thank you thank you thank you to Women's Rogaine and Walmart for making this weekend one of the most memorable ever. I got to hang out in their tent at the ACM Party for a Cause on Saturday, and watched as their stylists made over country fans.
Ladies could choose from three looks, the basic blowout, hollywood glam or beachy waves. This may sound really nerdy, but I love watching stylists do hair. I find it very therapeutic, kind of like my love of watching the food network as I fall asleep. You can learn so many tricks to incorporate into your daily beauty routine. I took some of the new stylist tips I learned home with me, and applied them while I was getting ready for the big awards show on Sunday night! Don't forget, like I mentioned in Friday's post, if you want to try Women's Rogaine, to get fuller, thicker more beautiful hair, you can click here for a $10 rebate and a $5 digital coupon that can be redeemed at Walmart!
The weekend, which was all about country glam, kicked off with a bang! Literally, a bang. Lots of them. As in severe thunderstorms which halted all performances for a couple of hours. CB and I chuckled over the timing of these torrential downpours. We are in desperate need of rain in Texas right now, and showtime on both Friday and Saturday night, is when the rain decides to come. Go figure!
Ok, so let me give you the rundown on how a made for TV country concert is made. Picture this: Darius Rucker and Sara Evans (who has the most angelic live voice I've ever heard, BTW) take the stage and entertain the crowd with an incredible rendition of Johnny and June Carter Cash's song Jackson. They kill it. I'm sitting there with my mouth open at their chemistry together, but mostly over Sara's voice. I mean really, maybe the biggest talent in country, and at the very least, certainly the most underrated.
They finish the song and I see Darius shake his head and mutter into the microphone, "Man... TV." I knew something was up. I said to CB, oh my gosh, they're going to make them sing it again. CB looks at me and says no way, they're about to sing something else. We made a bet that loser buys nachos, and lets just say I received free nachos and they were delicious! The producer knew what she wanted and was going to get it, which should make for a great show on television. You guys have to watch on May 15th when it airs on CBS.
The weather also caused other problems on Saturday night besides just a 3 hour delayed start time. The host of the show indicated that Florida Georgia Line and Eric Church's equipment was ruined by the storm. I'm not sure what to make of that, so I'll just plead the fifth.
What I can draw a conclusion on though, is how much I now love Keith Urban. Keith was the last act to perform, and because Florida Georgia Line and Eric Chuch cancelled, Keith told the fans he would play several songs to end the night; keep in mind, everyone was allotted just 1, sometimes 2 songs throughout the evening. Maybe he was still on Australian time, or maybe that is just Australian hospitality, but he went above and beyond for the fans that stayed at the ballpark through the severe weather, by playing a mini Keith Urban concert for us. What a class act.
The weather most certainly didn't stop us from having an incredible time though. We hung out in the enclosed safety of the Capital One Club during the storm, and ventured down to the floor once the weather cleared, and the show started again. CB, who is relatively new to country music, and I had so much fun jamming and screaming along! Here are some pictures from Friday and Saturday!
You get two guesses what I signed on the wall.....
Well thank you kind sir, I don't mind if I do pose with the Lombardi Trophy! It was San Fran's, not the Cowboys, and I think it was one of the replica's the team makes, but still very cool.
Oh, there's my girl. Right next to me. No biggie.
Sunday night was an experience. Not only was it a glamorous night of celebration for country music, but my favorite person, Miranda Lambert, won all of the awards. I tweeted her and asked if she was going to have to start using ACM trophies as paper towel holders... standing by for her response....
And the ACM for the most underwhelming couple photo on a blog goes to, Sarah and CB for their selfie in section 335! *mild applause fills the room*
You think I had enough sparkle??? I can't decide...
Song of the Year! Winner winner chicken dinner!
Garth Brooks absolutely killing it! Such a moving performance.
I of course had to snap a picture with one of my favorite fellow alums, Mr. Jason Witten. #GBO
Just as a heads up, should anyone ask me to do anything involving walking from cowboys stadium, to a parking lot 1.7 miles away in heels -- even if they are cowboy boot heels -- in the next 3-5 business days, the answer will be a negative. The way I see it though, blisters are a small price to pay for such a glamorous weekend! Thank you so much, Women's Rogaine and Walmart, for the country music experience I'll never forget.