My Son and I have a duo, he plays bass and vocals and I play guitar acoustic elec and electric and vocals. We use a Boss drum machine which actually makes us a trio but, just him and I. We play most anything from classic Rock/classic country and, anything in between. We do small bar and grills and, smaller dance groups, occasionally an outdoor gig but, not many. A Bose L1 pro 8 is the main pa and he used a midsize Fender rumble amp and I use the Bose for my acoustic and our vocals. We do Not play loud it's most of our clients require and, I love that. Used to do a 4 pc band but, too much volume and hassle + COVID killed it. I love playing at lower levels I can really articulate my vocals and, balance our sound really well. I very much enjoy playing with my Son it's a perfect special bond that we have for the music and each other.How'd it go? Any pictures or video clips? Anything happen that was memorable? Anything you'd like to forget?
Played a Farmer's Market gig this morning with The Colorado Green Band our groovy little trio. We had to play early as our bassist had a wedding gig with another band and had a 12:00 noon load in, so we wrapped it up by 11:30. We played two sets and took a long enough break to go shopping as we were paid with "Market Bucks" that were good at any booth. Needless to say I got stocked up on groceries.
The vendors gave us props and the folks who thought we were too loud last time were happy. We played real quiet. Our drummer used her "$#!+ kit" that has an Irish bodhran for a kick, bongos for toms and a little snare from a cocktail kit along with hi hat and cymbals. Bassist used a little bass amp and I used a Peavey Backstage Plus. We didn't have the Bose for this gig, so we put a little Yorkville Elite cab on a pole and had it behind us as the PA. Bassist forgot his regular mic stand, so he improvised with a boom on a clamp that he hooked to the drummers hardware and shared his mic with the drummer for background vocals.
People passing by would kind of do a bit of a bop as they walked by. Parents had their little ones dancing to us and the market staff in the next booth clapped for almost every song. A train passed by and we broke into a medley of Folsom Prison Blues and Mystery Train. The guy at the cutlery booth came over and tipped us saying "You timed that perfectly." (Well, not really...)
The set list was peppered with more obscure Grateful Dead songs as it was the anniversary of Jerry's passing. One of our original tunes was responded to surprisingly enough as they could only have heard it the last time we played. We started from the back of the songbook and played some songs we hadn't played in a while. It keeps the rhythm section on their toes.
A woman who said she was an empath complimented us on our music saying "it grounded her immediately" and that she would have bought a CD if we'd had one. She got our contact info and said she had a friend who helped put together the local gallery walk and thought she might be able to get us a gig. You never know what contacts will pay off.
All in all, a good way to spend a sunny Sunday morning, playing music for friendly people.
SMH...that's a drag man, for all parties involved, sorry to hear.Our group played a farmer's market in Hayward, ( Calif.) and the crowd and vendors were appreciative. We had a guitar case open in front of us for tips which were doing well at the time. While we played two kids, ( likely 10 or 11 years old, ran up, reached in and stole all but a few bills.The people watched as they ran off. We didn't miss a beat but quite a statement about today's society.
My Son and I have a duo …I love playing at lower levels I can really articulate my vocals and, balance our sound really well. I very much enjoy playing with my Son it's a perfect special bond that we have for the music and each other.
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1st post-hurricane gig. decent crowd 1sr & 2nd set. The real issue was sound. We do Hang On Sloopy for sound check, each of the guys do verse plus harmony so it's a good one for balance. I knew vocal across the board was too loud right off, but not horrible. Couple old people start plugging their ears and yelling "too loud". No! it wasn’t that much too loud.
The same couple of people kept fussing while people on the other side (that also sat closer to the mains) wanted us to turn up.
I had the PA easily half our normal level and still those same people complaining. We ignored them. We are a dance band, not an elevator music dinner band.
Here's a kicker and a first, any of you had this happen? A couple up dancing directly in front of the main. At the song completion they asked if we could unplug it.
I'm telling you, it's getting to the point that I don't want to play for any of these people.