Let me tell
you about my experience at the last Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s
concert I Attended
The last Lee
Williams concert that I attended was in Norfolk, Virginia on April 17th,
2009. They were with the Canton Spirituals and a few other groups that
were very good gospel groups. I can remember the anticipation that built
up within me as the day got closer for the “Lee Williams concert” as we
referred to it. I bought 4 tickets for the concert from a local record
store. The other three were for friends, who are also Lee William’s fans.
We went to Norfolk early enough to take in dinner at a local seafood
restaurant that was right up the street from Booker T Washington High
School where the concert was held. We still arrived there at the school
early, because we wanted to be right down front when the concert started.
Well, we got
more than we bargained for that day. Let me tell you what happened to us .
. . Two of my friends and I (the other one hadn’t arrived yet) were inside
the school browsing around and having flashbacks about when we were in
school ourselves. Our ages ranged from around 44 to about 54. We soon ran
into some vendors that had some really nice items on their tables for sale
in the main hallway. While we were standing there talking and admiring
some of the wonderful things such as cd’s, jewelry, t-shirts, air
fresheners, stuffed animals, etc, Lee Williams walked up and greeted us.
We looked around and couldn’t believe that it was him approaching us so
casually. Wow, we must have looked really harmless for someone that didn’t
know us to even consider joining our conversation. Well, joining our
conversation is exactly what Lee Williams did, and what a good time we had
talking about our experiences in life and in the military.
talked, there was very little conversation about Lee and what he did as a
gospel artist, but instead as men, being concerned about our fellow man
and women in the world. Our concern was mainly our young men. Lee had a
very good opinion about what all young men should do with their lives. He
said “All young men should serve in the military for at least one term.”
We all agreed, because we had all been in the military and knew exactly
what he meant. There is a sense of pride, responsibility, and respect for
you country and others, that is instilled into service members that they
carry that for the rest of their lives.
the bands could be heard in the background doing their sound checks. I
heard the spiritual QCs doing one of their very famous singles, which is
one of my favorites, entitled “Good Time”. Well, I couldn’t help myself
and I started singing the lyrics right there on the spot. Lee Williams
started to pat his foot and bounce a little to the beat until I stopped. I
asked him were they going to perform that one and he said “Sure, that’s
what we came here for aint it?” I was glad to hear that, and got even more
excited to know that they were going to reach back a couple of CDs and do
that, a young man approached Lee and asked him if he was ready. He asked
the young man if they needed him right now. The young man looked into
Lee’s eyes and really didn’t want to tell him “Yeah man, it’s time for you
now,” but he had to say it. At that point, Lee said with a hint of
disappointment, “Man!” He turned to us and gave us all a handshake with a
small hug (you know how we do). He told us how he enjoyed chatting with us
and how we took him back to a lot of good memories. We expressed our
enjoyment as well and took a photo with him and left him alone so he could
handle his business.
We looked at
each other after that wonderful 30 to 40 minute experience with one of the
most popular and down to earth gospel artist of our time, and said “Man! I
can’t believe how he just walked up to us after we were talking about him
just a few minutes ago!” We were so pumped up that we didn’t know how to
process what had just happened to us. We are all Christians that really
believe Lee Williams is true to what he sings. So to meet him was really
something special to us.
say, we were all on the front row when the concert started, and by then,
the fourth member had joined us. When Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs
hit the stage, we were not disappointed at all. One of our members hadn’t
been to a Lee Williams concert before. He was instantly taken in by the
stage presence and overall performance of Lee Williams and the Spiritual
QCs. I sang along with every last one of the songs that they played.
Now don’t get
me wrong, The Canton Spirituals did a fantastic job as well, but I am more
of a Lee Williams fan for a few personal reasons. But when we left the
seats and went out into the hallway to leave, I discovered at that moment,
that I had just attended the best gospel concert ever. For me to say that,
Lee Williams had to cut through a lot of concerts in order to make it to
number one on that list.
probably my third Lee Williams concert. I saw them once at the Mississippi
Explosion (Hampton University), once at Bethel COGIC in Norfolk, and then
at Booker T Washington High School in Norfolk. If they come back again, I
will try to see them again because I know one thing if I don’t know
anything else: Lee Williams gives one of the best gospel concerts that a
person can ask for. Not only that, I am convinced that he means what he
sings, and that is not so easy to find these days.
Last, I want
to say that I enjoyed my last Lee Williams concert so much, that they
could have probably sold me another ticket on my way out of the building.
God bless Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s!