Former Police front-man Gordon Sumner, known best simply as Sting, was hired to celebrate a fundraising 40th birthday party for the We Are Family Foundation, hosted by New York City hedge fund manager Joseph Healey on Narragansett Town Beach in Rhode Island on Saturday night, August 5, 2006.
In what was a coveted secret by area “locals”, word of Sting’s performance was made public on Saturday morning in a feature story called “Who’s rockin’ in Narragansett?” that appeared in the Providence Journal. Despite the press coverage, beachgoers could not ingnore construction of the huge scaffold stage that began four days before the party was set to take place.
Though Sting was not scheduled to begin playing with his band until 8:45 PM, as Crotonblog affiliates happened to be walking down the beach at around 4:00 PM, he appeared on stage for a sound check.
Within a few opening bars of music, a crowd of dancing and singing beachgoers had engaged Sting in song as he and the band ran through favorites like “If I Ever Loose My Faith in You”, “Englishman in New York”, “Every Breath You Take”, “Love is the Seventh Wave”, “Message in a Bottle” and “Next to You”. Later that evening, under a moonlit sky, hundreds of fans returned to the beach with picnics and blankets and were treated to 1 hour and 45 minutes of timeless music in honor of Mr. Healey and his fundraising efforts.