These days it's rare to perform on a three show weekend. Main Street had the pleasure to be headlining the Naples/Ft Meyers Chapter show down in Naples, FL. The first show was on Friday evening. Mike and Myron drove down together as Roger and met Tony at EPCOT after work and followed behind us. Traffic wasn't too bad on the almost four hour drive south. Tony and Roger were fortunate to get a front row seat of some Navy jets performing some flight exercises directly over the Interstate.
We arrived at the church after the show had already started. A quick warmup and run through of a few tunes helped us to be focused for our performance. While it was an older crowd the response we received was incredible. It was a memorable experience for the quartet to perform for such an enthusiastic audience.
Afterwards we followed the chorus to a restaurant for a little post-show meal. We sang for the owner who loved the quartet so much she gave us all free dessert! Main Street closed out the afterglow and even stuck around for the next hour in the parking lot talking 'shop and hanging out.... just the four of us. I think it says a lot about our friendship that the location of where we socialize isn't important.
Saturday morning Myron and Mike woke up early and hit the fitness center. Once everyone was awake we had some lunch at First Watch then headed directly to the show. The afternoon performance was a big hit. In fact, a highlight for us was the tag of Apple Blossom Time when we created a very loud undertone! Check out the video below to hear it yourself!
The quartet had a nice dinner at the Cheesecake Factory then finished our last set on the evening show. The afterglow was held at a clubhouse in a gated community a few miles away. Before the quartet sang the chapter had a large television setup to play a surprise video. It was a clip of Tony DeRosa as a young teenager singing in a pickup quartet with Joe Connelly, Sean Milligan and Randy Williams for a youth harmony workshop. It was really fun to see all four such young men singing... and very well we might add. It was like a time capsule.
The chapter was gracious enough to allow the quartet to sing first since we had a four hour drive home and two of us had to work in the morning. The quartet helped keep each other awake by texting comments between both cars. Poor Roger, who didn't get home until 3:30am and had to be up by 5:30 to get to Disney on time. Mike suffered from a lack of sleep over the past few days which took him a week for his voice to recover. While it may have been rough on our bodies following the show weekend, the quartet had a fantastic time and was very happy to be asked to perform with the Naples chapter.