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The Three to Four Hour Band Gig?

Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by MilwMark, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    Yep, I refuse to play any stuff that I don't like, since I make next to nothing doing it, anyway.

    But I'd change that rule if the right money was there
     

  2. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

    Jan 24, 2011
    Colorado
    Fantastic idea! I'd love to cover "Lips Like Sugar."
     

  3. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

    Jan 24, 2011
    Colorado
    A few wedding gigs were what sent me to grad school for a good day job. Now, I can assure myself I won't ever have to play "YMCA" or "My Sharona" again. When I get requests I don't feel like playing, I can say, "Hey thanks for coming. We don't play that song, but I hope you like this one." And I play something I like.
     
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  4. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    What I do, in that situation, is either say "We have a deal with _____, we don't play their songs, and they don't play ours", or, I say "Sure thing! Here's ____________" and go into whatever is next on the list anyway, maybe inserting a key word or phrase from the request into the chorus
     
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  5. Jack S

    Jack S Friend of Leo's

    Sep 25, 2008
    Berwyn, IL
    When I was young I was in a band working five nights a week from 8 to 2AM with 2 breaks. I loved it back then, but would not have the stamina for it today.
     

  6. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    And it pays the same, or maybe less (in actual dollars)
     
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  7. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    57
    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    I can get thru three hours like nothing. Four is a material problem.( memory retention problem?) I won't repeat a song, nor become a jam band. Both pay the same.
    A 45 minute festival gig pays better than either.
     

  8. Jack S

    Jack S Friend of Leo's

    Sep 25, 2008
    Berwyn, IL
    For the time it was better pay than my day job, so I quit the day job and played for a living. I was about 20 making $150 a night and with free drinks.
     

  9. Back in my heyday, Mid "60's to early "80's, 4 hours was the norm. Play half hour, 15 minute break then two 45 minute sets and a long last set, those days we were all in the Union. For two years in the 2000's I played in an Elvis tribute band, usually 2 casino shows of 110 non-stop minutes each in a day - not much work, maybe once or twice a month. Backed up a doo-wop group a few years ago, 90 minute non-stop "show". Remember, it was easier to get down 50 tunes in the "60's and people were there to dance, mingle and drink - no "show" from the band; just smile, (no looking at your shoes), play what patrons wanted and dress better than the crowd. Things evolve.
     
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  10. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable Tele-Meister

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    Aug 14, 2015
    Wisconsin
    Up here 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM was the norm when I was knocking around the clubs. We usually did 3 sets with 2 breaks. When I played country we would do 4 sets by repeating the 1st set. Once enough beer goes around no one minded hearing "Boot Scootin' Boogie" again...
     
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  11. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Tele-Holic

    Age:
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    Sep 11, 2016
    L.A.
    Love it! I'm going to use that one.

    My stock response is "oh yeah, we play that one in the 5th set." Except there never is a 5th set.
     

  12. GigsbyBoyUK

    GigsbyBoyUK Friend of Leo's

    Apr 30, 2008
    Peterborough, UK
    Love to play for three hours or more. But lately I start to get horible pain and cramps in my fretting hand. Getting old sucks.
     
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  13. kennl

    kennl Tele-Holic

    966
    Feb 6, 2007
    Moon Township, PA
    My solo (guitar + with backing tracks) nu-jazz gigs are 4-6 hours. They tend to get longer in the summer, when the crowds stay later. At one time, the Friday and Saturday gigs were 3PM - 10PM. 7 hours total with hourly breaks. I have about 100 songs, and can cover 7+ hours without repeating a song.
    I get some band gigs at multi-band shows where the sets are an hour or less. Always feels like I spend more time hauling and setting up than playing.
     

  14. pauljo1963

    pauljo1963 Tele-Holic

    590
    Jul 28, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    our normal gigs are 3 1/2 to 4 hours

    usually get paid any where from $500 to $ 800 depending on the venue
     

  15. J Hog

    J Hog Tele-Holic

    540
    Oct 18, 2009
    Norwood Ohio
    I've done a TON of 4-5 hour gigs. That how and where you hone your chops!!!
     
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  16. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    57
    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    Four hr gig is about $400 around here.
    I can do 45 min and see as much as $300. at a festival.
     

  17. BryMelvin

    BryMelvin Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    65
    Jan 4, 2014
    Arivaca AZ
    Weird... I remember getting that for a 4piece band for High school dances back in 1969. The numbers don't add up. 25-30 years ago I was getting that for guest appearances with a local country band at Penn and NJ places.

    It seems the desire for live music at bars has waned badly over the years. To be honest the past few years I've just been doing Farmers Market solo acoustic gigs and make around 100-200 and get free 20by10 space for my Daughter in Law's bakery thrown in. I also get online album sales from these mini gigs.

    I usually do a max of 4 30-40 minute sets. 1 Country, One blues, one classical, 1 oldies light rock. Diversifying gives me enough worthy material.

    Again I'm not getting rich, I do it just to get out and play as I don't belong to a band anymore. Last one was over 5 years ago and money wise not worth the trouble.
     

  18. tessting1two

    tessting1two Tele-Meister

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    Apr 13, 2014
    Southern California
    I used to play 5 sets from 9p - 1:30a where the 5th set was largely a repeat of the first. Anybody that heard the 1st set and stuck around for the 5th wouldn't remember the repetition anyways. :lol:
     

  19. thegeezer

    thegeezer Tele-Holic

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    Jul 5, 2010
    West Michigan
    Wow, I've done mostly 4 hour gigs since the late 60s. It's only in the past few years that I've been booking gigs (breweries and the like) that want you for just three hours.

    Three hours seems like it ends really quickly to me (for real) after decades of doing four, and occasionally more than that.

    It doesn't appeal to me to drive somewhere, have to go through set up and tear down to just do a set or so unless it's an opener for a heck of a show with a really big crowd.
     

  20. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    57
    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia

    Yes,but it's not the patrons that will talk you up to who ever hires. The bartender will notice and may rat you out to his employer.
     

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