After a short but restful Father’s Day in Pine View Heights, it was back on a plane and off to New York City Monday morning. Three nights this week at B.B. King’s Blues Club on 42nd St! Tommy sold out the first two shows so fast that he added a third show (last night’s).
B.B King’s is one NYC’s premier live music venues and hosts some of the greatest legends in music: Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Alicia Keys, The Allman Brothers, Gipsy Kings, ZZ Top, Jay Z have all performed on its stage.
The club is just a couple of blocks from Times Square in midtown NYC, so the area is always hopping and exciting. I took time to take a walk around the area prior to the show. Even made it to the garment district to look for some new wardrobe accessories.
I had a great time seeing the sights, smelling the food, watching the people and taking in the entire ambiance of midtown NYC.
Tommy Emmanuel is always the most gracious of hosts. I enjoyed watching him backstage as he mingled with those who had signed up for the pre-show meet and greet. Even there he was the professional performer, providing encouragement and accessibility for his friends and fans.
Tommy has friends everywhere, many of whom are amazing musicians in their own right. Last night he invited his friend Will Galison to join him on stage. Will is widely known as a harmonica player, but also known as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer. He has performed and recorded with the likes of Sting, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand and a list of others. He and Tommy blended together wonderfully to the full house.
The coolest thing about this tour has been hanging out with Tommy and his crew. Tommy’s sound engineer and road manager, Steve Law, is a stellar guy who can do/has done everything. And I feel like I’ve taken a Master’s Class in Entertainment and Showmanship already, and it’s only been four shows. Tommy is not only a consummate professional, he’s also a wonderful human being – which holds more weight with me than anything else.
Tonight we are off to Annapolis, MD where we play two nights at The Ram’s Head tonight and Wednesday. We will be back at B.B. Kings for two more shows on Thursday and Friday.
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