Guest Blog by Fenix:

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A story from a show we did 15 years ago that puts tomorrow’s forecast of rain in perspective…
This is from another blog, but I took out the parts involving our show along the cost of Connecticut back in August 2008:

As I walked back and forth I was listening to the live radio broadcast they were doing from the festival. The guy was in an aluminum pop up tent on the side of where everyone had parked.
He was interviewing the people who run the festival, and giving traffic and weather reports.
Lots of people were walking past, only partially listening.

He turned the weather report over to a guy back in the studio.
“A major storm is moving out of New York and along the Connecticut coast. This is a major cell that has spawned at least two water spouts in Long Island Sound.”

The whole crowd stopped and as one turned towards the radio tent.

“Could you repeat that,” the announcer said, looking out at all the people suddenly very interested in what he was saying. “I thought you said water spouts in Long Island Sound. So you know, I can see the sound from where I’m standing.”

“Don’t worry,” the guy back at the studio said. “They’re still 20 miles from where you are. It will take an hour for them to get to you. All you have to worry about is the lightning.”
“You know I’m doing the show from an aluminum tent, right?”
“What time do you finish there?”
“I finish at 7,” he said. “And, the new time is now 6:53. I guess I won’t hang around after the show.”

I went over to my wife.
“There are water spouts in the Sound,” I said.
“Car two is broken down,” she said. “Tom can’t find them. I haven’t heard from car three.”
“So, it might be the two of us doing the show?” I asked.
“Yep,” she said.
So, we worked out what the two of us could do alone.
I talked with the people whose car was leaking a gallon of oil an hour and told them to go home and send Tom on without them.

Then, car three showed up. I was VERY happy to see them. I’m not sure I can express how happy I was to see them.

The rain got harder. There was a row of tents along where we were going to perform.
The last one in the row was the coast guard one.
I went over to them.

“Can we use some of the space under your tent for our drummer and to fuel our fire things?” I asked.
“Sure, we’re leaving,” they said.
“The rain is too much, so we’re packing up.”
My wife and I worried a bit about the rain being too much for the coast guard, but we took over the tent anyhow.

We went over to the organizer.
“A lot of folks have left,” he said. “But, if you can, I’d still like you to go on.”
“If the rain lets up some, we will,” I said.
“Just wait until the band stops.”

About 8, the band stopped. I went over to the band tent.
“Are you guys done?” I asked.
They looked down at their damp instruments.
“Oh, we’re done,” the band leader said.
“Good, because I was told not to start until you finished.”
Laughter ensued.
“You go ahead and start any time you want,” he said. “I promise you we’re not playing anything else tonight.”

So, I went back over to the organizer. Counting the time for thunder, the storm was now 3+ miles away and the rain wasn’t as bad.

“The band is done, can we start?” I asked.
“That would be great,” he said. “The $40 a person tent of oysters and wine is running out of food and drink. Some entertainment for them would be really appreciated.”
“That’s right next to where we set up,” I said.
“Perfect,” he said.

So, we performed.
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Tom, who had left his house 5 hours before, came running in just before the finish.
“Did I miss the show?” he asked.
“Everything but the fire sword fight and fire breath,” I said.
“Those are the things I do,” he said.
We lit him up.

So, it worked out.
There was a show where I stood in a town square in a hurricane and told the organizer we’d still go on if she wanted.
There was a time we performed where it rained so hard it put out the fire swords.
But, I’ve never had so much of a “what” moment as when that guys said “waterspouts headed towards you.”

We never saw them. Later on the radio the same guy said the rain was too hard to see them and they only tracked them with radar. So, maybe they were out there for the show. I don’t know.