My assignment at the Newport Film Festival was to drive Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer to their rehearsals,performance, dinner, film and party. Guest and Shearer, along with Michael McKean and Annette O'Toole, were performing at the Newport Blues Cafe, along with a discussion of their careers and music.
Not only were they charming, kind and friendly, but their concert gave this small-town gal the chance to say "I'm with the band". When we got to the venue for their performance, a security guard tried to tell myself, and the other driver ("THE Linda"), that only people with the band were allowed in the backstage area. We told them we were the drivers for the band, and got to sit in a special area, where we enjoyed a wonderful concert. It was an incredible performance, and an awesome day. McKean was honored with a lifetime achievement award, and his friends and collaborators were there to support and congratulate him. And I got to be a part of it all, thanks NIFF!!!!