Normally when I create a blog post about Jackie Evancho I am usually basing it on my own personal experiences. In this blog entry, I will be telling a story based on accounts from other Jackie fans who have been gracious enough to provide me with content based on their own experience at The Capitol Fourth concert in Washington DC.
In my previous blog entry titled “Jackie to perform at the Capitol Fourth concert in DC,” I had indicated that I was contacted by Jamie Geller who is associated with Capitol Concerts. Jamie had suggested that I post a blog entry to promote Jackie’s appearance at the event. This blog post is a follow-up to highlight Jackie’s performance at this special concert. Unfortunately I was not able to attend this event in person, but I have received some tidbits from other Jackie fans in attendance who gave me a first-hand account of what they experienced at the concert. I was able to watch this concert on my local PBS station, so I can offer some insights into this concert based on what was broadcast. Sometimes watching an event on TV gives a better perspective than being there in person (at least that is what I have been trying to convince myself). In this case, we will have the best of both worlds – my TV viewing experience and the experience of first-hand accounts from fans who were in attendance.
July 3rd, 2013 – Rehearsal day
Jackie had posted several twitter messages, pictures, and some short videos of her experience during the rehearsal. Here are a few of the twitter posts that were made:
Here are a couple of pictures of Jackie that were taken by some fans at the rehearsal.
Here is a link to additional official pictures of Jackie that were taken at the Capitol rehearsal:
Here is a brief summary of some of the commentary that I received from some fans who had attended the rehearsal:
The police presence was as advertised, everywhere you looked you could see the uniforms of DC, Park, U.S. Protective Service (uniformed division of the Secret Service), Metro and Maryland State Troopers. The security screening was both interrogative and with metal detection. We were also sniffed by a bomb dog. I thought it was very thorough and they were set up for a large crowd for the evening dress rehearsal as well as the very large crowd for the 4th. We were kept out of the seated area which was for guests and the media but had a view of about 100 ft from the stage. Jackie was dressed in a white dress that was beautiful. We were astounded and proud when we heard the National Anthem intro being played, then I received the Keek that the first secret was out. Jackie sounded wonderful but after the first go around Lisa (Jackie’s mother) came to the stage and talked to Jackie and then the color guard was announced and she sang it again with a stronger voice, in my opinion. Then we heard the into for her second song. The announcement for Jackie was a very over-the-top one stating about her 3 year career of multi-platinum selling throughout the world. She then sang Can You Feel The Love Tonight after which the second Keek about the second secret was out. Jackie was given a round of applause for both of her songs by all who attended. All in all a very nice day.
July 4th, 2013 – Concert Day
I was in great anticipation for the PBS broadcast at 8:00 pm EDT. Many of Jackie’s fans had gathered in her official fan club chat room to express their thoughts and encouraging words during Jackie’s performance. I was one of them.
To our surprise, Jackie was the introductory performer to open the concert with her singing The National Anthem. What a great thrill it was to watch Jackie sing our National Anthem at such a monumental event. I was told by a fan that during rehearsal Jackie did not go after the high note when singing the verse – “land of the free”, but at the actual performance on the 4th she did go after the high note and nailed it! You could read the lips of some people in the crowd saying “Wow!” Jackie did an amazing job!
Later in the concert, Jackie would come out again to perform Can You Feel The Love Tonight. Once again, she did an incredible job as usual! The roar of the crowd at the end of her performance showed just how much the audience appreciated her talent. With Jackie now at 13 years-old, she has probably taken a lot of people by surprise at how much she has grown up since her well-known television appearance on America’s Got Talent (AGT) back in 2010. This was evident by numerous tweets mentioning Jackie. It is quite apparent that Jackie impressed a lot of people who probably have not been following her since AGT. Let me say from someone who has been following her since AGT, the number of things Jackie has accomplished are too numerous to mention and are impressive beyond belief for someone so young.
Who knows how much this latest appearance with all of America watching will affect Jackie’s career. I only hope for the best for her because she seems to have remained very humble and modest in spite of all the attention she has received. I think that Jackie and her parents will set a precedent for all future kids who may follow in Jackie’s footsteps someday – showing how to do things right when raising someone so young in the entertainment industry. I pray that Jackie and her family will always have the wisdom to know how to handle all the fame that has come their way. Based on what I can tell, I think those prayers are being answered.
Thanks to all of the fans who helped provide content for this blog entry. It is very much appreciated.
Here are videos of Jackie’s performance at the Capitol.