- MGK’s Big Gig 2017 was an awesome evening of music. Boston, Joan Jett & MGK House Band Kategory 5 blew everyone away with their performances. Here were our Top 5 favorite moments from summer’s biggest party. Plus a gallery of our favorite photos.
A Kategory 5 Engagement
MGK’s Big Gig was the culmination of Kategory 5’s triumphant reign as MGK House Band. Prior to turning in a performance that had the entire venue grooving, their bassist Kyle Frederick planned a very special surprise for his girlfiend Michelle Leggio. He proposed marriage to her LIVE on Andre Gardner’s show and their video production team, The Limo Guy caught it all on video. The engagement was a first for the MGK airwaves as well as Andre. He’s been on the air for over 40 years and has never had someone get engaged on his show.
Boston’s Epic Set
The power of Boston’s musicianship and songwriting was on full display as they held the crowd in the palm of their hands for over 2 hours. They filled their set with huge hits and some cool depth tracks that the tons of diehard Boston fans inside the venue truly appreciated. The band also thanked MGK and Kategory 5 on stage. The band broke at MGK Summer Concert record for their set length.
Joan Jett’s Generosity
Joan Jett turned in a fist-pumping performance that left the crowd chanting for more. She wrapped up her super charged set with a cover of Sly & The Family Stone’s ‘Everday People’. Prior to her set, Joan Jett let us invite 30 MGK listeners in for her soundcheck. She played for about 20 minutes and treated the crowd to some fun back and forth jokes with her bandmates in between songs. At the end of the soundcheck, Joan came off of the stage and handed guitar picks to each of the listeners. It’s rare that rock stars jump off the stage and interact with their fans during a soundcheck. Joan showed she really loves her fans.
A Special Moment Backstage With A Veteran
A few days before the concert, a Marine contacted us with a special request. In 2001, Joan Jett played a show for the troops stationed arc Guantanimo Bay. He and his friend/fellow Marine got a picture with Joan. A few years later, his friend was killed in battle in Iraq. The Marine asked if we could get his photo to Joan and if she would sign it so that he could send it to his friend’s mother. John DeBella reached out to his friend, Joan Jett, and she informed him that not only did she want to sign the photo, she wanted to meet this Marine backstage before her set. When Joan met him, she hugged him, thanked him, chatted with him and signed the photo for his friend’s mother. It was a truly touching moment.
Rain Can’t Damper The Spirits of MGK Listeners
During MGK House Band, Kategory 5’s set, rain descended on BB&T Pavilion. The precipitation didn’t slow MGK listeners down. They kept on dancing and signing along with the band. As evidenced by these photos, the listeners on the lawn found some creative ways to cover themselves up while they rocked out.
Photos: Chorus Photography