The most “Grande” concert of them all

Published 2:31 pm Friday, June 14, 2019

Every year I make the effort to go to one concert. I love music and enjoy getting to experience a different venue and celebrate with all the other fans. This past weekend I went and saw the one and only Ariana Grande with my roommate, Bailey in Atlanta.

We checked into the Omni Hotel at CNN Center on Friday night and then made our way to the Hudson Grille, where we saw some basketball action, despite not knowing that much about either team playing. After a night of chit chatting and just enjoying a new scene, we started the walk back to our hotel. We kept seeing people scooter around. Bailey wanted to see what all the fuss was about and walked up to one of the parked scooters. It turns out that they are actually Lyft scooters you can rent to get to your destination. She rented one and it literally took off. Bailey went zooming down the sidewalk and fell in one of plant beds near our hotel. I would be lying if I didn’t say it was hysterical to watch from an outsider’s point of view.

The next morning we woke up and went to Lenox mall, where we shopped for an outfit to wear on this special occasion. We purchased glittery hair clips and cool shorts before meeting up with my college friend, Madison and eating at the Cheesecake Factory with her.

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While I was of course excited for the concert, it made me most excited to see two of my best friends meet, get along and do something all together. She dropped us back at our hotel and Bailey and I got ready. Bailey did my makeup and I looked like a Grande Goddess.

I told her we should leave early, so we walked down to the lobby. Thank goodness we did; the line wrapped all the way around the building and back to get into State Farm Arena.

After a half hour wait, we made our way inside and met some other fans. Erin and Kristin quickly greeted us and befriended us and took all the pictures we wanted at every angle. Then we said our goodbyes and went inside. The opening act was Normani and she had moves like I’ve never seen before. Bailey and I were screaming in disbelief at how she could contort herself.

Then it was time for the main act. Ariana Grande came out and sang all of my favorites. We especially went crazy singing “Seven Rings” and “Thank u, next”

Bailey would sing one line and I would sing another before we would chime in together on our forward facing video that we later uploaded to social media. People were dying laughing at my singing voice, but I didn’t care. I lived my best life Saturday night, and I can’t wait for my next concert and to share another special sing along with another friend and music fanatic.

I owe a special thanks to my parents who made it possible for me to go. I am sure my dad is secretly thankful he no longer has to be the guardian at these and my sister and I don’t get to dress him up like a teenage fan any longer.