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Talk About Your Last Gig Here

Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by Paul in Colorado, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    How'd it go? Any pictures or video clips? Anything happen that was memorable? Anything you'd like to forget?

    I'll start...

    Played a Farmer's Market gig this morning with The Colorado Green Band our groovy little trio. We had to play early as our bassist had a wedding gig with another band and had a 12:00 noon load in, so we wrapped it up by 11:30. We played two sets and took a long enough break to go shopping as we were paid with "Market Bucks" that were good at any booth. Needless to say I got stocked up on groceries.

    The vendors gave us props and the folks who thought we were too loud last time were happy. We played real quiet. Our drummer used her "$#!+ kit" that has an Irish bodhran for a kick, bongos for toms and a little snare from a cocktail kit along with hi hat and cymbals. Bassist used a little bass amp and I used a Peavey Backstage Plus. We didn't have the Bose for this gig, so we put a little Yorkville Elite cab on a pole and had it behind us as the PA. Bassist forgot his regular mic stand, so he improvised with a boom on a clamp that he hooked to the drummers hardware and shared his mic with the drummer for background vocals.

    People passing by would kind of do a bit of a bop as they walked by. Parents had their little ones dancing to us and the market staff in the next booth clapped for almost every song. A train passed by and we broke into a medley of Folsom Prison Blues and Mystery Train. The guy at the cutlery booth came over and tipped us saying "You timed that perfectly." (Well, not really...)

    The set list was peppered with more obscure Grateful Dead songs as it was the anniversary of Jerry's passing. One of our original tunes was responded to surprisingly enough as they could only have heard it the last time we played. We started from the back of the songbook and played some songs we hadn't played in a while. It keeps the rhythm section on their toes.

    A woman who said she was an empath complimented us on our music saying "it grounded her immediately" and that she would have bought a CD if we'd had one. She got our contact info and said she had a friend who helped put together the local gallery walk and thought she might be able to get us a gig. You never know what contacts will pay off.

    All in all, a good way to spend a sunny Sunday morning, playing music for friendly people.

    Your turn...
     
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  2. soul-o

    soul-o Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    49
    Jan 29, 2007
    Boston
    Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental last night- a very swanky hotel in Boston. It was a black tie situation, one of those gigs where you gotta shine your shoes beforehand and tape down all your cables. No cases on stage, no walking through the front door with any gear at all.

    It was a very good crowd who were absolutely there to dance, but as often happens at high end venues; a four gig started with two hour and thirty minute dinner set. The bride and groom had planned a ton of uptempo dance music with me, but they also seated both sets of grandparents directly in front of the PA speakers (despite me drawing a diagram explaining how speakers project and where the loudest spot in the room would be), so our hands were a little tied. We got them up and dancing between courses during dinner, but the catering people came over and asked us to get everybody to sit down, so we had to resort to jazz.

    It was a good night and we got a nice tip, but I really do hate it when I feel like the client isn't getting quite what they paid for.
     

  3. haggardfan1

    haggardfan1 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2014
    down every road
    My last gig that would be considered eventful was July 4th.

    Drummer whose band I used to play in, contacted one of my bandmates and me to play the barn dance at a "family fun fest" in his town. My bandmate played bass and sang, I sang and played guitar. The son of the festival coordinator was supposed to be a third vocalist and play keys--but he didn't show up and didn't bother to call his mother either. We called an acquaintance who lived nearby, older guy, he arrived just about halfway through the first set with a nifty CAR Tele, and proceeded to play the crap out of it. Once we got levels set and settled in a bit, it was quite a good time and we made good money. I have a decent video of me doing Willie Nelson's "Remember Me" but I can't lift it off our FB page (try Facebook searching: Kountry Klassics band Beckville Texas).

    We stopped down for almost an hour for their fireworks show. There is one guy in the town, a volunteer fireman, who has a pyrotechnics permit--and I was told he also bought all the fireworks personally. Well, he must have spent a five-figure sum, because the show was 45 solid minutes, and quite impressive--more than any of us expected.

    The only other issue was that bits of paper and fireworks dust got all over EVERYTHING...my guitar, my amp, my pedals, my truck, my girlfriend, my head, etc. I have to say the show was well worth the mess.

    It actually wasn't that hot, either, for an East Texas Fourth of July. All in all, a very good gig though it got off to a shaky start.
     
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  4. jguitarman

    jguitarman Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    62
    Oct 14, 2003
    No CA
    Our variety band drove 7 hours to play a casino gig in northern California on Friday. We drove through a lot of smoke and took a detour due to the raging fires here. Friday night was not a fun gig; not much turnout. Last night, Saturday, the casino had booked a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band to play a concert in the main room. We bumped into them during the day Saturday and had a chance to say hi. Last night before our gig we got to see part of their show and they did a great job. We played the bar again last night and had a nice overflow crowd come in after their show ended. The Skynnyn Lynnyrd band came in and hung out for a while. It was fun playing with them in the room and hanging out during breaks. it was a long but fun weekend.
     

  5. flyswatter

    flyswatter Friend of Leo's

    Jan 12, 2013
    Quebec
    Tonight one of the two blues bands I played in had one of our "open rehearsals" at the blues pub that is our main venue for bimonthly gigs.

    The open rehearsal concept came from the fact that we needed a place to practice for the actual gigs on Thursday nights, but the bar couldn't simply close on Sundays to give us space. So we set up this idea where anyone who wants to can come in for a drink, listen to us practice new material. We've been doing it for a year on alternate Sundays, so the regulars have gotten used to the idea that they may hear a song 2 or 3 times, a few false starts, some debates among the band members, and that we'll all be facing in any which direction.

    Kind of fun for the audience (there's rarely more than 6 or 8 of them), and we get to test drive our stuff in the actual venue before the official shows to a full house.

    Tonight wasn't really stellar... our co-lead singer/ harmonica man didn't make it, but we worked up some nice dynamics on a couple of slower ballads. And the attractive youn woman who bartends and has a good singing voice sat in on a couple of tunes.
     
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  6. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member

    we played an antique show today. The organizer informed us that our pay was gonna be in tri tip and did we want it already barbecued or ready to be frozen. We each got 6! I got all mine cooked (the people who do them are fantastic and they freeze just fine after cooking and we'll eat them over the next month or so (everyone paleo'in at my house or south beach)

    One of the guys was pissed, so I offered to buy his 6 for 75.00... he thought about it and decided to take his home too.. They also gave us a nice sandwich.

    We were supposed to play for 1:45 minutes, but the other bands cancelled when they found out NO CASH. So, we played for 4 hours. Great crowd, great tips, lots of fun and TONS of people video taping us which I think is strange, but I don't care.

    I didn't play great today... just passable, but I think the folks were happy...

    I'm gonna have tri tip and eggs for breakast.
     
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  7. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 8, 2010
    Up North
    Played at a City Park from 6 8 tonight (Sunday).
    I was very surprised by the Quality of the PA that was supplied by the Event Organizers.

    This was down-right STUD!

    Yeah, the Boards ... Wow!
    The Line array's. One of a kind.
    Designed in ITALY, 3-D Printed over here.
    Full 220 degree dispersion. I had walk around them several times to make sure I was really hearing what I was hearing.

    And all for us.
    We were the only Band on the Bill.
    Were OK but, this PA ... pure Ego-Stoke!

    Monitor guy was all over us like you would hope.
    Not a bad thing to say about any of it except that I wish we had played better. :)
     

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  8. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 8, 2010
    Up North
    We could have done that gig with an 8-channel, self-powered Top-Box and a couple of speakers on sticks.
    This is what I played through.

    Modest but, effective at the old-man volume I play at.

    The Gig itself went well.
    Started on time. Traffic was very bad and our poor Drummer took the worst of it. But we all pitched-in to help him carry his drums about a half-a-block to the Stage.
    We had a solid 6 minutes to spare before we had to start.

    Weather was nice. Low 80's with light wind.
    Once again, lots of little kids out there dancing the TWIST, much to the delight of their Parents and Grandparents.
     

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  9. FMA

    FMA Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    Friday night on the huge patio of a bar overlooking the Susquehanna River. A beautiful night, a great crowd and whole lot of fun.
    Actually had requests for songs that we knew...
     

  10. Skub

    Skub Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Jul 28, 2010
    N.Ireland
    Outdoor jobby on Saturday night,for our sins we were opening for local country hotshot. It went well,always nice to just roll up with stage gear and not have to worry about pa. Good to be looked after with beer/wine and nibbles too! :lol:

    It was a windy and sometimes wet and windy night,the girls had to hang onto their hats!It has rained here for most of July and August seems to be following suit. :rolleyes:

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  11. christhee68

    christhee68 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 1, 2011
    south carolina
    We played an outdoor bar/restaurant on the beach that is known as a live music venue and has all the biggest local and regional acts (and us). It was our second gig with our new/substitute guitarist.

    It went great. New guy brought all his PA, subs, etc and the sound was really good. We had no rehearsals and no set list. We just called songs and the key and played. The crowd was great and danced, sang, tipped, drank, and ate. Our modest tip jar was filled to overflowing and had an assortment of 5, 10, and 20 dollar bills.

    It wasn't nearly as hot this time as it was last time we played there. It was only about 90 degrees and we were in the shade and there was good breeze.

    I've got some good pictures but I'm on the road now (heading to Amish country and then the Martin factory). I'll try to post them at some point.
     

  12. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    60
    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    My friend George and I played a house concert at a nice home Saturday night.
    George is wonderful song writer and has a nice Orbison-esque voice.
    About 30 people, mostly couples showed up.
    We felt the love, the audience was very receptive.
    We played and sang completely unplugged, and the host recorded the performance.
    There was great pot-luck offering and lots of good beer and wine.
    It was an extremely gratifying evening!
     
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  13. El Chivo

    El Chivo Tele-Meister

    382
    Mar 27, 2015
    Los Angeles-ish

    This was not my last gig, but it was second or third to last. We played an art space opening (note the bitchin' elementary school chair in the background). I'd just met the rhythm section that afternoon. They didn't know each other either. :)
     

  14. MilwMark

    MilwMark Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Apr 29, 2013
    near Arnold's
    Last night 3 hour patio bar gig. Perfect weather, free beer and nice coin. Good walkup crowd and we held them, so bar had us tack on extra. Folks dancing, clapping, singing along. A band on tour that was playing later on that street stopped by, stayed the whole time, took pics, and generally whooped it up. Always nice when musicians dig what you're doing. All in all a great time.
     

  15. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    55
    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    2 90 minute sets at a very cool little joint in an old industrial area.
    In the same town as my label and they have the idea, "If it's good enough for Lanark Records, it's good enough for us."
    Nice to play to a new crowd who loves to listen and have fun, and doesn't need to hear covers.
    First time our producer sat where I could see him (only the 2nd time he's been to a gig), and he kind of freaked me out. He's usually so animated, but he sat there looking totally stony and serious.
    In the middle of the 1st set, he yelled out, "Play something I haven't heard." So I did.
    After the set he cornered me, told me that my guitar sounded amazing, the new tunes were f***ing genius and he wants me to come to the studio and record more stuff, not to worry about money and let's get some of this new material OUT THERE!
    I was really relieved!
    I guess he get serious looking when he's psyched!
     

  16. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    64
    Jun 24, 2004
    Anderson, IN
    Played last evening at a local church's annual "Jam Fest," with a group of long-time friends (40+ years in a couple of cases), including former Dodger pitcher Carl Erskine on harmonica. Got paid with a wonderful barbecued chicken breast dinner. Oh, yeah...
     

  17. justin.ramsey

    justin.ramsey Tele-Holic

    723
    Jun 3, 2009
    Northern, KY
    Been a few weeks since we have played due to summer vacations and stuff.

    Last gig was at our favorite bar, which is the same bar Scotty Anderson plays in every Wednesday. There was a pub crawl that night so the first set and a half the place was packed. After they left we still had a decent crowd owner paid us more to play an hour longer and a great time was had by all.
     

  18. OlRedNeckHippy

    OlRedNeckHippy Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    61
    Jan 12, 2012
    South Jersey
    Saturday night we had our first gig at the preeminent country bar in this area. We've been trying to get into this place for over a year.
    Gig went spectacularly! We had people on the dance floor right up to 2:00 AM. Great crowd that really seemed to enjoy what we were doing.
    Ownership was happy and invited us back. Everybody happy. Woohoo!
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  19. Ash Telecaster

    Ash Telecaster Friend of Leo's

    It was called Twilight at the Zoo. A very cool fund raising event. We had a very enthusiastic audience and it was a great time.

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  20. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    55
    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    This is a cool thread.
    Nice to hear what the gigging members are up to.
     
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