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Miley Cyrus San Antonio Concert Review

Hector Saldaña, Express-News Staff Writer

It's a girl thing.

 

Nearly 15,000 people — the vast majority girls ages 5 to 14 accompanied by at least one parent — filled the AT&T Center on Monday to experience Hannah Montana, aka 14-year-old Disney Channel actress/singer Miley Cyrus.

 

The squeaky-clean, "Best of Both Worlds" screamfest concert also featured Disney superstars-in-waiting Jonas Brothers, three talented siblings who rocked out on hits such as "Hold On" and "S.O.S.," and later with the split-personality headliner on "We Got the Party (With Us)."

It's a message thing, too.

 

Hannah Montana songs such as the upbeat "Life's What You Make It," "Just Like You" and "Nobody's Perfect" resonated here as loudly as the screams.

"It's cool to see someone close to our age be a star," said MacArthur freshman Rachel Perrine, 14, attending with friend Aubry Ware. "We love the show."

Twelve-year-old Danner McGill, a rare boy sighting here, put it this way: "It's all good."

 

Many of the 'tween fans were too young to articulate exactly what the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus magic is, but their moms usually had an answer.

"She's really down to earth. I like the relationship between her and her dad," said Valerie DeHoyas, who chaperoned her daughter, Nadia.

She was speaking, of course, of the art-imitating-life appeal of the Disney Channel's No. 1 show, "Hannah Montana," which stars country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus as his real-life daughter's on-screen dad.

 

Many parents echoed the sentiment. They like the wholesome image, the welcomed antithesis of the "Girls Gone Wild" era.

 

Jo Sansing and her 6-year-old daughter, Taylor, along with fellow mom Jennifer Fest and her daughter, Madison, sat near the front row.

Unlike many who were forced to buy tickets at highly inflated prices from ticket brokers, they paid face value for theirs.

 

"She has a very good message," Jennifer Fest said. "She says to feel good about yourself. She's not doing anything crazy like Britney (Spears)."

For their part, tiny Taylor and Madison (in matching black Hannah Montana T-shirts) enjoyed pink cotton candy as they awaited their first concert. As they practiced their screams, they showed off smiles that were missing a few baby teeth.

 

"She has good songs, she's pretty and she's blondie," Madison said.

"I want to kiss her," Taylor gushed with a cute, innocent giggle.

 

Rozzanne Arsate and her 9-year-old daughter, Krickett, were in the front row. They scored the in-demand tickets when they were released a few days ago for $56 each.

 

"I prayed a lot," Rozzanne Arsate said.

 

Krickett said Miley Cyrus' music gives her "a great feeling. The music makes a lot of sense."

 

Her mother said she would have been willing to pay $100 a ticket but not a penny more. Hannah Montana tickets were being resold for hundreds and thousands of dollars. She had a message for scalpers.

 

"I don't think it's right. They shouldn't up it like that. Most of us are working moms," Arsate said.

 

At an outdoor holding area, or "parents lounge," dad Charlie Hinojosa waited with about 40 other parents. He admitted he'd rather be almost anywhere else, but "You do it for the kids."

Hinojosa brought his two daughters, Bailie and Shelby.

"I took time off from work so they could have the whole experience."

hsaldana@express-news.net