Rubbing Shoulders with Fame
From Aaron Lewis to Rick Springfield, Lady Luck® Vicksburg is one of the key tour stops for some of the biggest names in country and rock music. With so many stars making appearances in Vicksburg, we wondered: what is it like to rub shoulders with these talented and famous folks? We asked Genna Brown, our Executive Administrative Assistant, that exact question, as well as a few others.
Q. You picked Aaron Lewis up from the airport for his concert on July 5. What was the drive back like? What were some of the topics you discussed, or was he just quiet?
Genna: Aaron Lewis is by far one of the nicest, most down-to-earth country guys I have ever been around. We discussed topics from writing music to the multiple volunteer organizations we are both involved in.
Q. What was it like that day working with him and his band/crew?
Genna: Aaron is very easygoing, so working with him was a delight! He really wanted to go fishing and even keeps his fishing gear on the bus! We let him fish right in back of the arena.
Q. In the eyes of Genna Brown, what is a big concert day like? Give us a few examples of what your role is on the big day.
Genna: Concert days are great. I love the opportunity to meet new people and make them feel welcome. If we are responsible for transportation, I make sure everyone knows the details. It’s important to always keep the tour manager’s cell phone number saved in my phone, I have learned. Hotel accommodations is another big thing for a lot of bands, so I make sure we reserve what is needed and that the arrival time is appropriate for check-in. Catering needs can be anomalous at times, so I like to get with the tour manager to get specific requests and/or needs.
Q. Who has been your favorite entertainment artist to work with and why?
Genna: I really have enjoyed working with them all. If I have to pick a favorite, I would say my experience in picking up Aaron Lewis at the airport. It was such a surreal day showing him around the town of Vicksburg and getting to know him personally. My second favorite would be Eddie Money; he kept you laughing all the time. You never knew what joke was coming next!
Q. Have you had any strange requests from any bands or entertainers?
Genna: Yes, all of them are strange. No, seriously, most are the usual drinks and food. On occasion, I do have the request for all organic products, such as organic peanut butter, Ezekiel or organic whole grain bread, and even non-dairy products are more common now. Rick Springfield requested four wet soy cappuccinos – two at sound check and two prior to show. Not living in a town that has this readily available, I made special arrangements with our local coffee shop to get this done.
Q. Have you ever met an artist you really wanted to meet and then were disappointed once you met them? (Don’t worry, you don’t have to name any names.)
Genna: Yes, I have. I believe that a performing artist should always be willing to do a meet-and-greet, and when that doesn’t happen, guests are disappointed. The artists should always remember that if it weren’t for the guests listening to their music, they would be without a singing career.