One of the great things about living in Austin, Texas, the “Live Music Capital of the World,” is that there are so many opportunities to expand your musical horizons by discovering and supporting young talent around the city. A good example of this is that time I went to the Taylor Swift concert last night. You may not have heard about Taylor; she’s not your “Britney Spears” or “Jennifer Lopez,” but let me tell ya- this gal is going places. You heard it here first.
Yep, last night I threw my shame into the wind and packed into the Frank Erwin Center along with 10,000 of my best (pre-)adolescent girlfriends and their one-tween-concert-away-from-fullblown-midlife-crisis dads for the Red Tour. And I have to say, it was a freaking blast. I never really went to big time pop shows when I was a kid (I’m pretty sure my first concert was Weird Al Yankovic when I was like 15), so the sheer magnitude of enthusiasm and collective high-pitched screaming was actually astounding to me. Brightly lit signs illuminated all around the theater, saying things like “22,” a nod to Swift’s pop mega hit of the same title as well as the combined age of everyone at the concert besides me and my friends.