Brad Paisley / Jewel Concert

We went to another concert recently. Ashleigh has been a big Jewel fan forever and Jewel was in concert in Cincinnati with Brad Paisley.

We had a really good time made a lot better when my wife was able to get Ashleigh into the Meet and Greet sessions with both Jewel and with Brad Paisley. Trying to find the right people to get permission to be in the Meet and Greet is very difficult. I asked my wife if she was sure it was worth it. She said that when she saw Ashleigh’s big smile when she met Jewel and Brad that it was definitely worth it. There is so little Ashleigh can do for entertainment that anything that brings her joy is well worth any trouble on our end. I just wish we could do more.

When we got to meet Brad Paisley after his show we had even a bigger surprise. My wife told Brad that we were disappointed that we did not catch the hat Brad threw into the audience. She said Ashleigh would be happy to take his shirt instead. (I think she was joking but she and Ash both think Brad is very handsome) Brad said he didn’t know about a shirt but that he thought he could come up with something. He said he would get a hat from the bus and give to her. He sent the hat back autographed to Ashleigh.

Ashleigh picked the hat off of her lap and I thought she was going to try and look at it. No way, she tried to put the hat on her head. I helped her a little and she wore that hat all the way home, smiling all the way. Ashleigh’s brother keeps trying to trade her something for the hat but she keeps signing no deal to all of his offers.

The other acts at the concert were Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks both of whom were very good. However, when I suggested my wife arrange a Meet and Greet with Julianne Hough I got punched in the arm for asking.

We knew from meeting Jewel before how sweet she is and she was just as gracious this time. Ashleigh gave Jewel a copy of a picture we took with Ashleigh and Jewel from one of her concerts a few years ago. Ashleigh gave her cousin Celeste’s husband, Chris, one of the pictures Jewel gave us and he is very happy.

Brad Paisley is also very, very nice. He was so kind to Ashleigh and wanted to make sure she had enjoyed the show and had a good time. He went out of his way to give her the cowboy hat and we are very appreciative. My wife said it felt like we had known him for a long time even after spending just a few minutes with him.

Thanks again so much to Jewel and Brad and all of the people that helped us get Ashleigh back to meet them including the people at Hersheys who made some calls.


  1. Mike Shelton on August 18, 2008 at 11:44 am

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