This is it, y’all! My first giveaway on my new blog platform. It took me a while because I was wrestling with the ethical question of if it’s ok to do a giveaway for the place that employs me. After consulting a few experts, it would seem I’m ok as long as I disclose my affiliations.
Thus: I work at Walton Arts Center, and they/we gave me two tickets to One Night of Queen (March 15 at 8pm) to give away. Disclosure done.
Naturally, I won’t just let you enter the giveaway below without making you hear a little story about One Night of Queen. Pretty much everyone my age is or was at some point obsessed with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and most of us who played sports in the 90s had “We Are the Champions” on our warmup tapes. And “Fat Bottomed Girls” is just plain awesome.
A few years ago, when One Night of Queen came to Walton Arts Center, I was skeptical. It was the first time we’d booked a tribute show, and I was worried that the, well, cheese factor would be high.
My parents were visiting, and the night before, I took them to see Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who are delightful and couldn’t be more different from a Queen tribute show. I bought seats in the 4th row, and we had a great time. It was a high culture moment, and so the next night, I shamefacedly asked if it would be ok if we dropped by the theater just to take a peek at the One Night of Queen show. See, I assumed that Queen wasn’t my parents’ kind of music, and that it would be too loud and raucous for them.
We snuck in and stood in the back, and I have to admit, I was impressed. The theater was packed and Gary Mullen and the Works put on a heck of a show. The crowd was going crazy, the music sounded great, and the cheese factor was just right. Satisfied, I turned to my parents to usher them out, and found them both grinning from ear to ear, swaying to the music and looking for all the world like they belonged. I asked if they wanted to leave, and instead they said they wanted to stay, and could we move a little closer?
It was fabulous. I think we wound up staying for the whole show, and afterward, they told me how awesome it was. Which just goes to show; our parents can still surprise us.
Anyway, Gary Mullen and the Works are back at Walton Arts Center on Friday, March 15th for an 8pm show, and I have two tickets to give away. The winner will be chosen late on March 8th and announced on March 9th.
TWO WAYS TO ENTER (sorry – I can’t use that nifty rafflecopter thing):
1. Leave a comment below (and make sure you enter your email in the form) – tell me your favorite queen song, or about a time where your parents surprised you. Or, just say hi; that works too. 🙂
2. Follow my blog (and make sure you share your email or blog address so I can get in touch with you). If you do this, you’re entered 3 times!
Your odds are REALLY good, trust me. Good luck, and thanks for spreading the word!
Find out more about the show by visiting the official tour website. Walton Arts Center is located in downtown Fayetteville, AR. If you want to skip right to buying tickets, you can do it on the WAC website here.
Full disclosure (again): I work at Walton Arts Center, and they gave me two tickets to One Night of Queen (March 15 at 8pm) to give away.