Yes – you can get a free concert and a plate of ribs for breakfast if you're in the right place at the right time in New York City!
August 19, 2011 was a typically hot, humid day in midtown Manhattan. The threat of rain hung in the air and billowy clouds peeked from between the buildings up and down the steel and glass canyons of the big city. Still, it was a Friday morning, which always brings out the morning news-and-talk TV crews hosting special outdoor segments - including the inevitable summer mini-concert series.
On this particular morning, Fox and Friends ("we report – you decide"), the conservative-leaning morning news alternative, was hosting a live performance by Switchfoot – to the delight of many and the consternation of some. Still, the show did go on, and "Dare You to Move" was already ringing out during the 7 AM sound-check at the corner of 6th Avenue and 48th Street.
While we waited for the actual air-time performance (the new single, "Dark Horses"), Jon Foreman and the rest of the band played several songs, old and new, and interacted with the crowd that had gathered for the music and the free food from Famous Dave's. Yes – you can get a free concert and a plate of ribs for breakfast if you're in the right place at the right time in New York City!
The sound was perfect, Switchfoot was in fine form – even that early in the morning – and the few raindrops that did make it through waited patiently 'til the concert ended. The brief interview for Fox was friendly and went extremely well. A good time was had by all, since all we were able to see and hear were good people, good music and good vibes.
Oh, yeah – the ribs looked good, too, even though we didn't get any. We were too into the concert. Any band that can keep me away from free ribs has got a lot going for it.....
- Bert Saraco (words, pictures, and no ribs)