During the Summer of 96′ I was the Operations Manager for Summerfest in Long Island. It was an incredible summer and the type of festival which also allowed me the opportunity to have conversations with many of the artists performing. Two moments I’ll always remember was the night with BB King as after the show I was invited to come on his bus as I’ve worked previous shows with BB in Switzerland. I told him how much it meant to me when he came up after the show to say thank you and I gave him a pin. He in exchange gave me a necklace while we shared several laughs.
On another evening we had a power outage and the performer on stage was Roberta Flack. As there were also issues at first with finding our electrician I asked Roberta if she would like to do a song ‘acoustic’ as I can bring out some candles and she was fine with giving it a go! We did exactly that! Lined them up along the piano and stage, and she addressed the crowd with No PA with everyone quieting down and she started playing Killing Me Softly. The crowd was so quiet that you could probably hear a pin drop (there wasn’t a peep) except when it was time for the chorus and she had everyone help… The power was back after that song and the evening was magical. It was one of those experiences I’ll always remember and I remember when she came off stage she couldn’t stop talking about it!