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At the time of the blackout that left 50 million people without power, Jo Dee Messina was getting ready for a concert in Verona, New York.
Jo Dee and her crew decided to wait and see if the lights would go back on in time for her 8:00 show at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, and apparently so did her fans -- more than 500 people showed up for the show regardless of the blackout. But the power never came back on.
Determined to give her fans a show, Jo Dee set herself up in the lobby and stood on a piano while her band members played acoustic guitar and drums around her.
"I just wanted to make sure that the fans who showed up were taken care of," said Jo Dee.
After a 30-minute acoustic performance, which included "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia," the fire marshal and other security personnel advised Jo Dee to end the show, due to safety concerns.
Before she left, however, Jo Dee rescheduled her concert for September 5.