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    The Fire Curtain

    photo credit Irok Torres

    This picture was taken from our show Friday night in Miami Beach, Florida.  It’s me with the Keytar and my bass player Bobby Silver on stage doing our thing.  The thing that you don’t see in this picture is my DJ, Rare Groove.  He’s actually there but can’t be seen because of this big black curtain behind us that’s covering him, which is where things get interesting. 

    That black curtain is called a Fire Curtain.  Most really big venues have them installed so that in the event of a fire on stage a button is pressed and this huge curtain drops, cutting off the fire so that it doesn’t spread and burn the whole building down.  The curtain is at least 40-50 feet wide and at the base of it is a giant metal rod that helps it fall faster from the ceiling where it’s held. It’s huge and impossible for the average person to lift or move by themselves once it’s on the ground.