Parti-Gras, the weekend before the Beaches Jazz Festival, took place at the Distillery district. Debbie and her quartet were to follow the wonderful June Garber in the afternoon.
Rain began to fall, and the outdoor “Tankhouse Diva Stage” was protected only by overlapping patio umbrellas. By the time Debbie and her band stepped onto the stage, the rain was coming down steadily, and dripping onto the drumstool. The kit was moved to slightly drier ground, tarps were loaded atop the floor monitors to protect them, and to successfully muffle the sound coming out of them. Nobody seemed to think about protecting the singer, and Debbie stood in a puddle while holding a mic and singing “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On Your Head” as a soundcheck tune.
A few diehard fans took to the tables and chairs, wrapped in protective raingear, and prepared to get up and dance anyway! During Debbie’s third song, a massive series of “poofs” took place in the speakers, which immediately lost power along with the piano, and that was the end of that! Debbie felt very frustrated not to be able to sing her songs for the audience who had come to hear her, however she was saved from electrocution, and lived to tell the tale.