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Sets/break schedule

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by guitar dan, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. guitar dan

    guitar dan Tele-Afflicted

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    I was wondering how the rest of y'all schedule your sets and breaks.

    clubs-
    (3) 1 hour sets (sometimes sets are longer if crowd is into it)
    (2) 30 minute breaks

    private parties-
    3 or 4 sets (over 4 hour period). Sets can anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on schedule of events
    breaks are 15 minutes, although I have a band member that constantly late getting back, which sometimes puts us at 20 minutes.

    I've been thinking we should keep our breaks short at clubs too. 15-20 minutes max.

    What do you do? Do you get any flack from your band mates for short breaks? How do you deal with band members that are constantly late?
     
  2. Maricopa

    Maricopa Friend of Leo's

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    I'm there to play, not watch patrons walk out the door or listen to the crap they play on the PA. In a 4 hour set we typically take 2-15 minute breaks with an extra long 3rd set.
     
  3. LawDaddy

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    30-minute breaks are too long in my experience.

    I have some <ahem> more senior-aged horn players in my band, I like to give them a break at least every hour.

    I tell the band when to return as we break, so they know the expectation. Never really have too much trouble getting my band back after I started making it clear what the schedule was.
     
  4. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Things have changed around here so much.
    I don't think any two clubs do it the same way in my red-neck of the woods.

    It used to be ALL my club dates were 9 - 2.
    45 on, 15 off, last set, 1 hour.

    Some are 8 -12, some are 9 -1, some are still 9 - 2 and,
    one is 7 -10!

    On the 4 hour gigs, 45 on, 15 off, 90 on, 15 off, see what the rest of the night brings.
    Being the old duffers that we are, we have a lot of friends that drop by to sit in. That helps keep it going.

    For Dinner gigs, we do 2 sets. 60 on, 15 off, 45 on.
     
  5. LawDaddy

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    I'll tend to do a longer second set as well, when the dancers are typically active.
     
  6. P-Nutz

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    9-1 gig ...

    ... three sets: One hour, 1 1/2 hours, one hour; 15-minute break in-between.

    Peace.
     
  7. GigsbyBoyUK

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    Either the venue tells us what they want or we play it by ear. Breaks definitely 20 mins max, and often ten mins.
     
  8. JCSouthpawtele

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    Three one hour sets for most clubs I work. 9:30-10:30,11:00-12:00,12:30:1:30.
    Or
    10:00 -11:00,11:30-12:30,1:00-2:00

    Some clubs have a DJ play between our sets or the band supplies an I-pod with music. Dance music will keep people on the floor.
     
  9. uriah1

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    4 45/min
    break timings depend on crowds..or keeping folks there...
     
  10. Ricky D.

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    45 on, 15 off. Last set 60.

    Late from break, repeatedly? Dock $1.00 a minute just to show you care.
     
  11. JCSouthpawtele

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    Dollar a minute, more like $5.00 a minute. That's one drink. If he's stuck sucking face on his girl,or waiting on beers. Tell him to buy a bucket for the band/stage.
     
  12. Big John Studd

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    It depends on the band (whether or not I am in charge basically) and the event, but generally I agree with the 15 minutes max for a bar/club. I keep a clock on top of my guitar amp, and when we break I look at that clock, add 15 minutes, and tell everyone in the band that is when I am starting back up. They know damn well I will start without them (I've had to do it several times), so they have gotten better about getting back on time.

    Sometimes ending on time can be a challenge too. With one band I am in these guys ALWAYS want to play an extra 30 minutes (for nothing) at a bar when the drunk people are yelling "c'mon play just one more!!!"...that can go on forever.
     
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