I had a really good corporate gig in Hartford last night with my show band. It was at the Bushnell Theatre, which is a really nice old theatre complex and we've done this party for 8 years running. They always do concert act in the big theatre for about 1,000 people and then we play the afterparty in the smaller theatre which holds about 600 people, but they open up the whole area to dancing. Last year, Chris Botti was the concert and it was a Billy Joel tribute the year before, so you can imagine how intimidating it was to play AFTER Earth, Wind and Fire this year! Especially since we wouldn't be able to play any of their songs for a change. I ran into Verdine by the dressing rooms and he could not have been sweeter. I was on guitar last night and mentioned that it was our bass player Tommy's birthday and that we are both big fans of his playing. he gave me a big hug (which must certainly be good for my bass playing, I would think) and he went out of his way to approach Tommy and say Happy Birthday, totally made his day (as you can imagine). We got to watch their soundcheck and some of their show from the side of the stage and got a nice photo with Verdine, Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson. This is them flanking some of the fellas from my band.