Gigs in weird places

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  1. Matt Sarad

    Matt Sarad Tele-Meister

    Apr 29, 2003
    Our bassist belongs The the Bakersfield Track Club. He wants us to play for the second annual Bakersfield Marathon. He says the organizers are excited to have us play along the course.

    We set up at 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Low 40s but dry. Start playing at 8.

    I guess we would be better off at the finish line, but?
  2. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 12, 2016
    Virginia Beach, Va
    They do a Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon here, I think they have them on tour like circuit. But yeah, bands from start to finish. The first year I could hear them at 6 AM. That was a bit early
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  3. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    We played in a jail once. That was a trip... armed guards and everything.
  4. twotone60

    twotone60 Tele-Meister

    Sep 14, 2011
    Charlottesville, va
    I power-walked Richmond, Va's Monument Avenue 10k one year and they had about a dozen bands sprinkled throughout the course. As a walker, it was enjoyable, I don't think I'd get much out of it running, but they also keep the spectators amused.
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  5. twotone60

    twotone60 Tele-Meister

    Sep 14, 2011
    Charlottesville, va
    I don't know if you'd call it weird, but we played a pre-game gig for a football game at UVA's Scott Stadium. The pay was just passable, the logistics were a pain in the butt, the stadium staff was rude (par for the course for UVA). And, because it was sprinkling, they set us up in a concourse under the stands where the sound was atrocious. We politely declined an offer to play there again the following year.
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  6. Mr Ridesglide

    Mr Ridesglide Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Dec 11, 2009
    Bloomington, MN
    gigs on boats are a trip - and I've done the outside the ballpark thing too - once in a hockey arena -brrrrrr
  7. McGlamRock

    McGlamRock Friend of Leo's

    Jun 1, 2010
    San Francisco, CA
    That is awesome! Your name isn't Elwood or Jake is it?
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  8. Tele Fan

    Tele Fan Friend of Leo's

    Oct 26, 2007
    Louisville, Ky
    Did a pickup at a biker rally once. It was nice of no one to tell me what the gig was before I went :confused:
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  9. Jonnyb73

    Jonnyb73 TDPRI Member

    Dec 31, 2016
    Norwich NY
    I played a funeral. I don't recommend it. When I finished the song, people seemed confused about whether they should clap or not. I'm not sure what the educate is either. Also played on a train.
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  10. Matt Sarad

    Matt Sarad Tele-Meister

    Apr 29, 2003
    We are the only band on the route. Playing on the sidewalk and parking spaces close to power and about a hundred feet from the course atop a levee.
  11. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I am playing a public library in Hurst, Tx in about an hour.
    That's kinda weird.
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  12. daddyplaysbass

    daddyplaysbass Tele-Holic

    Mar 19, 2003
    Chandler Arizona
    Played on a pontoon boat on the Mississippi south of Savanna Illinois, north of lock and Dam #13. Close to the main channel and tows kept rocking the (pontoon) boat. Had a "quiet" generator on board and used one amp for guitar and vocals, 'nother one for bass. Burlington RR Mainline was about 1/4 mile away and train horns added to our mix.
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  13. Radspin

    Radspin Friend of Leo's

    Mar 7, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    I played at the Cleary School for the Deaf once. Not joking. They told us to turn up the bass so the people who were totally deaf could feel the vibrations. It was actually a fun gig.
  14. drlucky

    drlucky Tele-Holic

    Jun 19, 2012
    Fresno, Ca
    Played a mountain bike race in the foothills outside of town about 15 years ago. Paid pretty good. Played public libraries a couple of times too.
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  15. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    We have one in Philly.
    I played it.
    It was a fun, all-day gig that started EARLY.
    I think the Kenyan's had already won and were on their way to the next one by the time we started playing at about 8:30a.m.
    Everybody running by gave us a big smile and a thumbs-up.
    Nobody heard is for more than 20 seconds.
    We could have played the same tune all day and nobody would have noticed.
  16. Deeve

    Deeve Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 7, 2009
    Correctional facility gigs are super.
    At least the ones I've been associated with.
    Through late '90s into the 'aughts I assisted w/ 4th of July day gigs at McNeil Island (medium security) along w/ a felon-friendly biker trio and a couple of additional bands we'd invite to join us.
    Inmate bands sat in w/ the "outside guests" after all had played their own sets.
    Very friendly.
    Hard to document for pics/promo, however, as they were very stern about camera use, for administrative and security reasons, I assume.

    Would do it again in a heartbeat.
    Peace - Deeve
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  17. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

    Sep 2, 2016
    Houston, TX
    Not all that weird, but I have played an assisted living facility. It was a great gig with a very appreciative audience.
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  18. Matt Sarad

    Matt Sarad Tele-Meister

    Apr 29, 2003
    I did the funeral gig for a best friend’s Mom who I was very close to. He built the acoustic I played. My nose ran and my eyes were teared up the whole time, but the sound was incredible. The sanctuary had a huge pipe organ and the pa was designed to fill a huge room. My guitar sounded like it was 50 feet tall.
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  19. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I was doing some contract work in an assisted living facility a couple of months ago and there was a guy they brought in to entertain the residents, a one-man band thing like you see in the movies: kick drum on his back, strumming a guitar, somehow controlling a bunch of other instruments, and he sang too. Sounded pretty friggin' good, actually.
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  20. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Holic

    Sep 20, 2015
    NE, Ohio
    I went with a group of black folks - musicians and some dancers - to play for the inmates at the state reformatory in Mansfield when I was in my early 20's. It was in the gymnasium - we were set up on the gym floor and the bleachers on both sides were filled. I didn't think much of it, but man, the looks you get from some of the inmates as you're heading back out the door to freedom. :eek:
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