Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Alan Jackson/Jo Dee Messina, Sioux Falls, SD

It's Alan Jackson and Jo Dee Messina at the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, August 1996.

I bet Alan remembers this show because all the high-tech video screens, etc. didn't do any good when about halfway through the show a transformer on the fairgrounds blew up and all power to the stage died. It took a few minutes, but the crew got a backup generator going and got a single light working on the stage. To Alan and band's credit, they grabbed some stools and acoustic guitars. The crew could power enough amplifiers to get microphones working, so the rest of the show became an "unplugged" set. It was a little too dark for me to shoot at that point and I had a three-hour drive still to go, so I left before they were done. I've always thought it was a very cool thing for the band to not give up on the fans when it looked like the show was over.

This was Jo Dee's first big national tour and she sounded great.

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