Messina Goes Acoustic in New York State

Jo Dee Messina turned her Thursday night (Aug. 14) concert at Verona, N.Y., casino into an acoustic show following the power outage in the northeast. Officials at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino were optimistic the power would be restored in time for her 8 p.m. concert. Even without power in the building, more than 500 ticket holders arrived for Messina’s show. A makeshift stage was placed in one of the venue’s main lobby areas. Messina stood on top of a piano to sing while accompanied by her acoustic guitar players and drummer. At the suggestion of fire marshals and the venue’s security team, she only performed 30 minutes. “I just wanted to make sure that the fans who showed up were taken care of,” Messina said. Her full concert at the casino has been rescheduled for Sept. 5. 08/15/03