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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by charlie chitlin, Nov 30, 2018.
It can be done, with proper planning.
We used to do these country showcase gigs, 6 or 7 bands, ya know, PA, back line, drums, etc.
We even had a left handed drummer and a pedal steel player and still pulled it off ok.
Took a lot of up front planning though.
Used to be able to when I played in a full band at places with their own PA/sound guy. Now that I play in a duo, I have a lot more work to do. Load in my full PA, get speakers/stands up, run all cables, tune guitars, dial in the sound for the room. It's more like a 30-35 min process now.
used to do it all the time. Full band, we would play a 7-10 wedding and then a bar 3-4 miles away 10:30 to 1:30. Started on time at the bar on time 99% of the time. Tear down and move a full band and set up again including PA in 30 min. no problem. Goy to the bar about 10:20. 2 guitars, bass, and drums. Planning is the key. Drums were moved mostly set up.
Guitar, amp, gig bag. I trip from car to stage. Plug in, turn on, tune up. Ready.
I think it's theoretically doable. Realistically tho parking somewhere near the venue is likely challenging. At 9pm the band is loading in but climbing over folks leaving the previous event - even if or especially if some of them stick around for the show. (My point is it's never 15 minutes; this happens at those live-music-all-day things too. The notion that a) the production/mgmt folks actively manage the schedule and keep the trains running on time, and/or that b) the band you follow thinks anyone in the audience wants them to ever stop playing because they're SOooooo Good.....) So, you're plugged in and ready to go by 9:15 but then need to keep adjusting the settings on the house PA and the backline amps for the next 15 minutes - assuming that the house equipment isn't crap and that settings are the minor issue. @ 9:18 the owner/manager who insisted on the "15-minute" turn-around is yelling at the band about the sound, the volume, feedback,... Thanks, I needed to vent.
- The Optimist
The drummer, on the other hand...
Only when I am playing bass. Setting up my pedal steel alone is about 10 minutes, then wiring everything up in stereo, tuning 2 instruments, 1 with 20 strings (or 3 if I'm playing banjo that night) I need a good hour. Clubowner don't like it; he can get another steel player in there (good luck with THAT!)
The tone of the request is not demanding or snarky. They also let you know about the PA & backline to make things go quicker.
Plug the asat special into a pedalboard and whatever backline they provide, sure. I'm low maintenance.
Welcome to Nashville! Just about everyplace is like that.