I thought Ali was going to have a heart attack. It was 730pm on the dot and the lights had dimmed. Then the band came out. And then...then you heard her voice.
Ali is arguably the biggest Dolly Parton fan there is. Of course, the drag queen dressed as Backwoods Barbie may give her a run for her money, but I know Ali, so therefore she wins. And she was ecstatic for the show, which was beyond cute and ended up making me even more excited (as if that was possible). Ali astounded me with her knowledge, though. An example:
Dolly: Someone asked how I met my husband...
Ali: In a laundromat
Dolly:...I met him in a laundromat!
And Dolly puts on an amazing show. She started right on time, with no opener*, played for an hour, took a short break and then played until 930pm! And she played a wide variety of songs, both old and new. I especially enjoyed Jolene (duh), I Will Always Love You, and the acapella one.
She's a little pipsqueak, too. She was hilarious and wore the sparkliest outfits I have ever seen. It has inspired me to rhinestone everything I own.
So overall, the concert was hella good. Despite the fact that I got caught twice trying to bring a camera in. I even tried to lie to the first guy and say it wasn't a camera and said I promised not to use it once he gave me a "Don't bullshit me" look.
Concert Grade: A+!
*I was scared of some up and coming country band opening.