As Katy Perry sang raunchy songs and simulated sex acts on the Merriweather stage, she had some pipsqueaks in her audience, including Howard County Executive Ken Ulman's two little girls.
"There were moments when my wife [Jaki] and I looked at each other and hoped that the girls didn’t comprehend the lyrics," Ulman said. "But it was a great show and they were into it, dancing the whole time. It was like one big Candy Land party."
Ulman said the concert was a little like "Madagascar" and other kids' movies that have jokes only grown-ups can grasp.
"Some things only the adults get," he said. "They had no concept, thankfully."Ulman's girls, Maddie, 10 and Lily, 5, weren't the only little ones at the show. For some strange reason -- Perry's high-pitched voice? The Candy Land theme? Countywide suspension of good parental judgment? -- lots of kids were there, The Sun's John-John Williams IV reports in his concert review on the Midnight Sun blog.
While the action on the stage was undeniably adult, backstage was completely kid friendly, Ulman said. Perry posed for pictures with his daughters and graciously accepted some fashion accessories they'd crafted for her: a change purse made out of duct tape and a bracelet fashioned from a colorful shoelace and soda can pull-tops.
"She either loved it or pretended to love it very much," Ulman said, referring to the duct-tape purse. (The exec, incidentally, has a duct tape wallet.)
"When they came up, she literally got down to their level," he said. "Jaki and I were actually amazed how much time she spent and how genuine she seemed. It was neat."