The walls in the hallways of New York City’s Madison Square Garden tell the whole story. There's hardly a major artist in history who hasn't performed on the stage of one of the world's most iconic venues. On one side you'll see the King, Elvis, and below him U2, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney as well.
Ishai Ribo from Kfar Adumim saw all of this on his way to the dressing room, as he prepared for his historic performance at the Garden on Sunday, in front of an audience of more than 13,000 people.
"I can't even process what's happening here," Ribo said before the show began. Shortly after, he gathered his band in the rehearsal room and prepared for the performance of his lifetime.
The audience erupted in cheers when singer Akiva made a guest appearance for a duet performance of Nachaka Lecha. Ribo then surprised the enthusiastic crowd by inviting Avraham Fried, a luminary in Hasidic music who was among the spectators, to join him on stage.
"You came to New York, conquered, and triumphed; what Kiddush Hashem you've made," said Fried as he performed the prayer song Avinu Malkeinu with Ribo (and the Garden).
An emotional Ribo thanked his wife Yael on stage. "May I merit to be a good dad, as you're already a good mom. I love you."
The evening reached a high point when Amir Dadon joined Ribo for a rendition of the hit song Livchor Nachon. Halev Sheli also resonated with the audience. "It was an out-of-body experience," Ribo concluded after the show.