POP ICON AARON CARTER VISITS W&M:
A Reflection of the First Annual Carter Day Concert
by Caroline Creasey // I N T H E B E G I N N I N G // When I first discovered that AMP had somehow persuaded Aaron Carter to make a stop in Williamsburg as part of his After Party Tour, I was fairly perplexed (and rightly so). I debated the involvement of briefcases of cash, copious amounts of cocaine, or maybe even a guaranteed exchange of sexual favors, but I quickly reached the logical conclusion that all three were most likely a part of the deal. After this brief initial confusion, my instincts promptly assumed complete control over my thoughts and actions, calling forth a repressed glitter-wearing, LisaFrank-loving, preteen version of myself. I scrolled through the annals of filestube.com for a download of Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) circa 2000, thus launching a three-week-long period during which I rediscovered my love for teenybopper dance party hits like “Bounce,” “I Want Candy,” and “Iko Iko,” the lyrics to which had conveniently lain dormant in my memory all these years in anticipation of Aaron’s inevitable comeback tour.
// T H E W E E K E N D // After extensive logistical planning to ensure that I’d return in time to witness the entirety of Aaron’s concert, I decided to embark on a journey to Floyd, Virginia in the days leading up to the show. Bluegrass jamborees, bonfires, hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and even a costly police encounter were all peppered with Aaron’s feisty telephone interludes and impromptu “That’s How I Beat Shaq” sing-a-longs in preparation for the big day. The morning of the Carter Day Concert was foggy, rainy, and