During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another.
Kara Manning's Five Favorite Concerts (Host of "UKNY"):
1. Underworld at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield (September 14, 2007):
No other show has surpassed the emotional impact of seeing Underworld on this particular late summer evening. I was at a serious crossroads in my life and unmoored following the death of my dad. A friend bailed on going with me an hour earlier, I was loathe to go alone, and recall halting in my tracks on the way to the field, on the brink of turning back home. But I didn't. I kept walking. This brilliant Underworld show—communal, uplifting, joyful, brooding, sensual, robustly spirited and embracing the very essence of passing from the dark to the light—was a revelation, as close to a baptism as I'll ever get. Returning home that night, chatting with friends I'd run into whilst there, a crisp breeze rifled through the trees, ushering autumn into the park as fallen leaves protested with a noisy crunch underfoot. Everything seemed electric around me and I felt, at last, that I could move forward with strength, gently pushed by Essex rhythm and poetry. I've seen Underworld many times, before and since, but that show is etched deeply into my heart.