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

  1. Thin white duke

    Thin white duke Tele-Holic

    Oct 1, 2017
    My last one was in a small wine bar in Florence playing with a poet, while he was acting i was doing some atmosphere and some noise with my pedals.
    It's been a nice experience, my second time, at least something different, i think i will do it again.
  2. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    Those are the kinds of gigs that go so well that you don't even realize you played so long until you get up the next morning! (Or afternoon as the case may be:D).
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  3. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    society gig Saturday night, early jazz trio, nice dinner included, people liked it, beautiful place

  4. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Holic

    Sep 20, 2015
    NE, Ohio
    Last gig was Sat night at a dive bar I hadn't played in about 10 years, and I'm sure they haven't mopped the floors in that time. The band sounded great, and we were able to play to our full dynamic range (the loudest we play doesn't match some of the bands that play there). But what a fiasco it was to get into that bar. Unbelievable! I'm the stiff on the right under the red spot.
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  5. Knowcaster

    Knowcaster Tele-Holic

    Jun 30, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My classic rock cover band played in a local club that had a pretty nice room with tables and a dance floor for people who came to see the band, and another separate bar area for people who wanted to talk (with an open doorway in between). We were up an a raised stage on one side. No complaints about our volume, which is really not that loud IMHO, and the womenz were up and dancing for most of the night. The room was pretty full for most of the night and the bar owner wants to book us again. Best part for me is that the place is only about 10 minutes from my house, so I am home and in bed about a half hour after the closing song! That's me on the right with the SG.

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  6. Plumber

    Plumber Tele-Meister

    Jun 5, 2014
    First Gig in about 12 years - great to play out with some talented people

    I was sharply reminded of how much of a pain packing up and getting home was, only really did it so the current Mrs could see me play rather than listen to my guitar practice ad infinitum ;)
  7. richiek65

    richiek65 Tele-Afflicted

    Played last Saturday night.. This last week here in Sydney was rated the most humid in 15 years.. Think I lost a few kilos, but my Xstomp pedal's first outing blew me away. Tonight we rehearsed a couple of new songs, Distant Sun by Crowded House and Forgotten Years by Midnight Oil.. big fun!
  8. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Monday had my roadhouse choir gig - me and the piano lady led the group through the Tears for Fears song, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World". This is a twice a month gig, open attendance choir at a bar & grill, learn one song a night and then sing it all the way through at the end. The choir picks the songs and either the piano lady or me will work up harmony arrangements, usually only 2 or 3-part harmony for the singers. Busted out my new-to-me Strat. Was able to fit the original guitar work ok with a delay pedal and my SF Princeton.

    Wednesday was my weekly brewpub gig. Loads of fun. Flattop and tele, usual set up. Our guest artist was Nicolette Good, recently moved from San Antone to Houston. Talented songwriter, interesting musician, plus she was playing a drop-dead gorgeous J-45, slope shoulder from '66 or '67 - can't remember which. A perfectly faded cherry burst. It was not a killer volume/tone, but sweet playing box, and wonderful object. all in all, a fun night. there's one older couple that show up regular; the lady's father was a big fan of Old Crow whiskey - which means we play our version of High Heeled Sneaker for them - seems to make their night.

    Don't have a photo from last night, but here's one from a while back, when the fiddle player was still on board (me in the middle with red tele):

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  9. ddewerd

    ddewerd Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Played for a friend's 65th surprise birthday Saturday night.

    Did an unplugged thing. It was pretty cool - although we've been playing together for 15 years, we've never done anything like this before.

    I played my Washburn acoustic, acoustic bass, and our drummer had a snare and a cajon. He has arthritis and banging on the cajon is not good for his hands, so he hooked up a kick drum pedal to it. No cymbals either, but he took a tambourine, laid it on the floor using a vice grip pliers as a rocker, and tapped it with his foot.

    We set up in his garage, so pretty tight quarters. But we had a blast. About 40 people there, and they were one of the most raucous audiences we've had in a while. Had them all singing along with Never Call Me By My Name, and we couldn't get out of there without getting all the ladies to help out with Mustang Sally (I know, I know, but it was specifically requested, and it's been sort of a tradition over the years with this group)

    Next gig is playing at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in a couple of weeks for one of the cooking teams in the BBQ cookoff.

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  10. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    May 9, 2005
    I had a Fender Custom Shop Tele that looked exactly like that, which I sold 4 or 5 years ago. Whenever I see one, I wonder if it’s my old one!

    Wish I still had it!
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  11. cyclopean

    cyclopean Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2009
    innsmouth, MA
    the drum machine got buried, both on stage and in the PA. not being able to hear the drums turned the set into a mess. ugh.
  12. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I played (subbed) on guitar with the Lost Sounds last night in Albert, Tx.
    As I have posted often here, I love this band/gig.
    It was a Valentines Day dance, so we had a bigger than usual crowd.
    The PA failed a coupla times, it once belonged to me, so I was slightly embarrassed.
    Full disclosure, it’s 25ish years old, and needs servicing or replacing, and the “new” owner has had/used it for at least 5 years.
    I offered to clean the pots, sliders and jacks, but I think they are just going to replace it.
    Anyways, we all played and sang well, and because of the much bigger crowd, everyone made some money!
    I played my Chet, and my new Vox Virage guitar.
    I had the same model a few years ago, but sold it when the wolf started scratchin’.
    It’s a cool, light, versatile, good lookin’ guitar with a really great neck joint.
    Another great gig!
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  13. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
    wish I could tell you it was yours, but mine's just a MIM James Burton standard, with the Texas specials in it. It's been my favorite tele now for 2 years.
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  14. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx

    From last night.
    L-R, Donnie, Kelly(dog), Kenny, Mike (obscured), Your's Truly, Dennis.
  15. cyclopean

    cyclopean Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2009
    innsmouth, MA
    do you guys sound like this?

  16. 1955

    1955 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 10, 2010
    Had a couple good ones in the last week. Sat played a very historic building, awesome folks, Tues did a few I'd never done before and I was much sillier than usual, tonight the audience was so much fun, everyone was in a great mood and I was very loose.

    The drive is always REALLY dangerous, with homicidal nitwits on the highways. I have been practicing even more defensive driving techniques that help. I've added even more time to my trips so I can really take my time and get there in one piece. One benefit to all the driving is I guess I'm a little better the last few years at predicting jerky behavior and avoiding clowns.

    I passed right by (what looked like) a probable entrapment/fatality today, as usual, people STILL driving with the same idiotic recklessness right by it!
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  17. Jack S

    Jack S Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Sep 25, 2008
    Berwyn, IL
    My band had a last minute gig filling in for a cancellation at the Honky Tonk Barbeque last night. It was the first time we played there, but it was a good night with a good crowd that mostly stayed until we finished two sets starting at 10:30 PM. We played all our own songs save for one cover, Blue Bayou, but they definitely liked the band and will have us back. I think we repeated two of our songs in the second set.

    When we got there parking was typical for Chicago, so we had to park blocks away. When Chuck, our drummer, was about to load out at the end of the night he pulled his car up and put on his flashers outside the joint. A rather drunk couple jumped into the back seat before he could get out of his car thinking he was an Uber. He had to tell them a couple of times to "get the [fudge] out of my car" before they realized he wasn't. It was hilarious when he came back in to the club fuming about it. Anyway, we had a good laugh and Chuck was still fuming a bit when he finally walked out to leave.
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  18. 1955

    1955 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 10, 2010
    I find it so weird when people ask for the same song again in a show. Like your gig, my last gig, played two songs twice, I wonder about al the factors that align the stars for those things to happen. It actually happens fairly frequently with one song, but less with a couple on the same gig.
  19. gobi_grey

    gobi_grey Tele-Holic

    Jun 7, 2011
    clinton, ia
    Snapped a pic before the show. Just got home. I survived. My voice has been screwed up since June and I'm still not sure what's wrong with it. I need to make an appointment with a vocal specialist so they can stick a camera down in there to see what's going on in my throat. It's been sore and swollen which makes it really hard to sing. First time gigging my AC15 and it did very well. I think I'm in love with that amp! I brought out my 5e3 tweed deluxe and switched back and forth as needed. The 5e3 sounds friggin fantastic. Used my old war horse refretted 52 RI tele most of the night but switched it up with my AV 56 strat and my 5 string open G partscaster. Some awesome tones still ringing in my head. That's really the only reason I like gigging honestly. I just like hearing and sharing those tones. Not that the drunken crowd cares about tone but, ya know. We tried out several new songs that we haven't polished yet. The crowd didn't seem to mind. We had the best response (as usual) from our Petty tunes. "You don't know how it feels", "american girl", "free fallin" and "mary jane's last dance". We do an exceptional job on those songs. I don't mean to brag but I have yet to hear another bar band or even a tribute band play them better. I'm proud of that. Our next gig is Saint Patrick's Day. Not looking forward to it at the moment. I've had enough for right now. Man, those 4 hour gigs are exhausting! I can't even imagine getting up and doing it again tomorrow like we would have done years ago.
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  20. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I had a pleasant "twofer" last night at Poodie's in Spicewood, Tx.
    I payed guitar on both.
    First up was my best outfit, the Audrey Malone Band.
    We did a two hour show featuring Audrey's great songs and a few fun covers.
    We also did two of my originals.
    Our friend and first call utility player Jon K joined us on fiddle and guitar.
    He was extremely helpful last night.
    We played and sang our best, and it was a joy!
    Next up was friend Joel Hoffman's band.
    This was also a very pleasant experience.
    Bass player/singer Billy Dee and drummer/singer John Chandler are good friends and bandmates in the Billy Dee Three.
    The small audience (30ish folks) danced and hollered for more.
    It was a fun and profitable evening!
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