Gig dress

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  1. ce24

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    So how many of you look like a bunch homeless people on stage? I always wear a nice shirt or a t-shirt and sport coat. I think it's important to show a little class on stage. Not really judging others just a personal preference. Oh and I try to smile a lot. I had one guy come up to me during a break and commented that I looked like i was havin a ball playing because i smiled a lot. That made an impression on me about stage presence.

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  2. Anode100

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    It gets hot up there, so I favour a flowing, summer print dress.

    ...with massive boots...

    Seriously though, I get where you're coming from - our last support band were straight out of the Kurt Cobain school of chic...

    Neat, clean black jeans and a black T-Shirt for me (I play in a metal band..) - hair ( lots of it) is also freshly washed and tidy (at least at the start of the gig...)
     
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  3. Cue Zephyr

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    I agree. Dressing for the occasion shows respect to the music. I've learned this from bluegrass music where the inventor himself, Bill Monroe and his band were always dressed appropriately.
     
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    Agree, sort of. You need to dress for the venue and the crowd. You want to be like the audience, but one notch cooler. If they all dress like rodents, you want the latest style in rodent-wear. :)
     
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    The key is, "appropriately." What's appropriate for a hippie jam band at an outdoor festival is different than what's appropriate for a string quartet at a wedding.
     
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    Be professional you're an entertainer . Ones appearance can be your gimmick . Think : The Man In Black , Mini Pearl , Grandpa Jones , Bill Monroe , Alice Cooper , Kiss , Pink , etc. etc.
     
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    You should have a pair of cargos for each different venue you could play.
     
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    You should dress a little better than your audience.
     
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    Here's a topic I can get behind! Straight pimpin'. Always.

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    I usually dress like Rory Gallagher; workingman's attire, lumberjack shirts, kinda faded jeans. . .

    otherwise tie-dye.
     
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    I'd try and match the socks with the pants irrespective of shoe color.
     
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    I think Jakedog once said that if you're standing at the bar and people can't tell you're in the band, you're not dressed appropriately.
     
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    Everyone, (except a certain guy) in my band dresses sharp: slacks, nice shirts, bass player all in black with black slacks, black sport coat, fancy guitar strap, etc.) I'm the bum in white tennis shoes, Levis, and 3/4 length baseball shirt. My choices for gigs are White/Navy sleeves, White/Blue sleeves, White/Red sleeves, White/Maroon sleeves, Gray/Navy sleeves...etc...etc. As you can see I do at least have an expansive wardrobe.
     
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    That made a lot more sense before everybody started dressing like the band! Lol.

    Seriously though, I still always have a cooler shirt than 98% of the audience.

    It's easier to make a list of no-no's:

    Shorts are never ok. I don't care if you're the drummer.

    Flip flops/sandals? Uh uh. I don't care if you're in a hippie band. Even if your name is Jimmy Buffet, you still look like crap.

    Same deal with runners.

    If it's a punk band, or something similar, you can totally get away with chucks or vans. Or your antique pair of Vision Street Wear. But save the Nikes for walking the dog.

    The key is, to look like you give a damn. I don't care how good your band is. If you don't look like you give a damn, why should anybody else? Nothing worse than looking at bunch of guys who look like they just got off a roofing or landscaping job and went to the gig. Be clean, dress your part. You're not playing a bunch of songs, you're putting on a show. Act like it.
     
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    Whoa man, yer like Bowie!
     
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    It works for LADY GAGA !
     
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    I like what you've done with your hair, FenderGyrl...
     
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    Del McCoury and his band carry on this tradition with all suits and I thought it was very tasteful.
     
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    One of my most vivid stage dress memories was the first time I saw Junior Brown. Everyone on stage was in suits except the acoustic rhythm player who for some reason was dressed like Yosemite Sam.
     
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