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dannyh

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Played my Thursday trio gig tonite. Being thanksgiving night, the pay was doubled…no complaints! The keyboardist we had tonight was William, monster player, but not real versed in having to kick bass, so I played bass tonight instead of guitar. Worked out good as I traded my MIM standard Jazz bass for a Classic 60s Jazz bass this week, and this gave me an opportunity to try it out on a gig. I like this bass much more than the std, very happy with it. Packed house, very good tips, and we played earlier hours being a holiday. A good gig.

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Fret Wilkes

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Played my Thursday trio gig tonite. Being thanksgiving night, the pay was doubled…no complaints! The keyboardist we had tonight was William, monster player, but not real versed in having to kick bass, so I played bass tonight instead of guitar. Worked out good as I traded my MIM standard Jazz bass for a Classic 60s Jazz bass this week, and this gave me an opportunity to try it out on a gig. I like this bass much more than the std, very happy with it. Packed house, very good tips, and we played earlier hours being a holiday. A good gig.

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FaithNicole

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We put on a good show .. for only two people :eek:

OK, OK, there were maybe 10-15 people at the bar at the far end of the room. At one time we had 5 people on the dance floor. Not bad by percentile hee

None of us in good shape, except our fill-in drummer - who did a great job.

Drummer/lead singer with a bum arm and just getting over a cold (shared to him at a previous show). So his voice was a bit rough.

Keyboard/lead singer fighting pain from a surgical hernia due to a transplant.

I had serious back pain and struggled to bear the weight of my bass.

Still, a good show. I made my glaring bass mistakes and Noone noticed, maybe I should try harder 🤔
I also turned my mic up in both mains and monitor to help sing behind our drummer/lead. He noticed and kept telling me to get closer to the mic and sing louder. Stating that what he heard was good and I should try harder. I guess I did OK.

I'm still trying to get my voice back into shape after years of disuse

Anyway, that's it. Going to a medieval Faire today ..... oh, and we used my new speakers, they worked fine. I'm going to start carrying all the PA stuff to take the strain off the Keyboard player
 

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I got a last minute call to back a friend on acoustic guitar for a folk/bluegrass-ish set at a local coffeehouse, where he was part of a fundraiser this past weekend. We were essentially playing as a three-piece, as he hired another friend on various percussion instruments and he himself sang and played banjo and mandolin.

My friend and I got together to run through the setlist the day before the gig, but the percussionist didn't get back to town until a few hours before the gig. All three of us literally played together for the first time during the setup/soundcheck, minutes before playing our actual set.

All in all, despite not having played together before (the last time I played music with this friend was 5-6 years ago), we all locked in together quite well. We were a bit stiff and uptight at first (which was understandable) but really started cooking about 3 songs into the set. My friend the singer also started loosening up and telling some jokes partway through the set, which helped engage the audience more. In the middle of our last song, almost everybody in the place got up and danced, so we jammed on the song for over 10 minutes. It was a blast!

I haven't played an acoustic gig in over 4 years and have never played one that raucous and enjoyable. It was long overdue. I'm hoping we'll get to play together again soon.
 

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It’s been a quiet year for gigs for the Bedlam House Band but we took the opportunity to learn a bunch of new songs and do some pretty focused rehearsing. Finally one of our recurring big gigs was back on Tuesday night — a charity gig arranged by staff from one of the big banks. We played in 2018 as openers on a 4-band lineup, in 2019 we closed the show (& found the crowd pretty thin by the end); 2020 and 2021 were cancelled due to the pandemic; so we were pleased to be back this year. This time we were to be third on out of four bands, with a 45-minute set — but on the morning of the gig the headliners were forced to pull out due to illness, and since the other bands couldn’t add more than another song or two to their set lists we were asked to close the show and to play an extra half hour: we jumped at the chance. The benefit of playing together now for about 6 years and having kept on growing our repertoire means adding 6 or 7 songs is no hardship at all.
Anyway, a good venue (the Voodoo Rooms), decent crowd (not huge but appreciative, dancing, and noisy), excellent soundperson (a student from one of the local colleges, she knew what she was doing) and 75 minutes of great fun.

I played my Jazzmaster with GK-3 hex pickup through my Boss GP-10 into my JC-40, which then had a stereo DI to the PA. I use the “fancy”’stuff in the GP-10 for a handful of songs - organ sound on Pump It Up, piano on Feeling Good, acoustic on Long Train Runnin’, strings on I Will Survive - but mostly I use it to make a Jazzmaster sound like a Tele. Maybe I will just bring a Tele next time…🤨🤷‍♂️

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Played Eddie Vs Dallas last night with the Rhythmators. Place was packed out, good response, good tips, several requests and had several dancers. Total reversal from the previous month of playing to a morgue (Dallas is weird like that lol). Band sounded good, had a good time. Played my red Tele through the Princeton Reverb.

Pic from my perch in back…

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AAT65

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Second gig this week — a bit different from Tuesday night though! We were playing this evening at an event we did last year too, the turning-on of the Christmas lights in the village where the singer lives. So it’s the only gig of the year where we play with music folders out — memorising Christmas songs for one or at most two gigs just isn’t worth it!
Anyway a cold outdoor gig - cold and dark to start with and then the rain started🙄 as we huddled together under the gazebo. However we had an appreciative audience of local families, lured in by mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies. Good applause, a request for a Christmas song that we know😀, and even some dancing.

We padded out the Christmas set list with some jokily appropriate songs — Proud Mary being my favourite. (Losing My Religion was considered but rejected🤨.)

The biggest joke of the night though was nothing to do with us. We were waiting for the lights on the village Christmas tree to be turned on before we started — waiting in vain. One of the organisers came up to let us know that there were no Christmas tree lights!! Due to some communications snafu between the organisers and the local council the lights had been put up along the High Street but not on the Tree🙄🤷‍♂️😀.
 

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Saturday gig was fun we played as a trio and setup 3 vocal mics so Mike and I could do backup for Kat. We rolled out a few Christmas tunes, Winter Wonderland, Please Be Home For Christmas and Santa Baby, fun to hear Kat sing that one🧑‍🎄

It was not a very crowded night but folks who turned out were enthusiastic. Odd place to play; winery, brewery, restaurant, and gift shop all rolled into one. Management and staff treat us well so it's a good spot to play.
 

Gene O.

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Our full band played last Saturday at a Loyal Order Of Moose club. It was rather interesting. When I walked in there was a country song blaring on the jukebox, and as I looked at the many people there dressed in their hunting apparel, I was sure I had just walked into Bob's Country Bunker. But the very next song was an 80s dance song by the Daz Band. In fact, that country song that was playing was the last one to be heard all night. The closest it got was something by Bob Seger.

There was a stage made up of tired risers that gave us plenty of room, and the stage was properly placed at the end of a long room. There were many women up dancing right from the get-go, and even a few guys. We'll have to tweak our set lists next time there to accommodate the dancers a little better.

When our singer was getting paid, the head honchos told her they thought we sounded fantastic and wanted to book us for 3 gigs in 2023. But they only had 3 specific dates available, 2 of which we weren't available. So our next gig there will be in about a year. I guess we'll have to keep brushed up on our Christmas songs for then.
 

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Work Christmas conference. The theme was "Back To The Future", the set-list as follows

Power Of Love
Year3000
I'll Be There For You*
Lets Get Ready To Rumble*
Mr Sandman*
Earth Angel
Jonny B Goode
Back In Time

*Backing Track performance

Here are some pics of the event. We did two sets, a morning set and an afternoon set. I played the entire gig with a ProJunior, mic'd, and a Blues Driver pedal. Songs were a challenge, as although I knew them all I'd never played them, so it was a case of knuckling down and learning the parts, including the solos. We were using in-ears, but i struggled to be honest as my guitar was too loud in them and despite repeated requests, it never seemed to get to an acceptable level. Also the first ever gig where I had to use my volume knob to boost for solos, so it was a challenge. Great fun though.

Also, never had this before, but my amp was mic'd up and the engineer dumped a ton of gain on it, such that I had to turn down my BluesDriver gain a lot to avoid sounding harsh. The cleans sounded glorious though.

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brookdalebill

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I had a pleasant gig with Nathan in Edna, Tx. last night.
We played a wedding venue in a converted Episcopalian church.
The church was built in 1908, and has been renovated recently.
It was a Christmas event, not a wedding reception, and the small audience was receptive and fun to play for.
We had subs on bass and fiddle, but they played great and we all had fun.
Another good one.
 
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dannyh

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Had two gigs today…

Played the Arlington Music Hall today backing up an Elvis Tribute Artist, Al Joslin, and also backing up the Shake Rattle & Roll gals, the ladies vocal quartet that we’ve been working with on some of these Tribute shows. Al is a super nice guy and easy to work with. He pretty much sticks to the 70’s “jumpsuit Elvis” era, and puts on a real good show. This was a Christmas themed show, so we did a bunch of Elvis’ Christmas tunes as well as all the “standards” from the jumpsuit era. Decent crowd, sound guys were great, good pay, fun gig.

Then I blasted off to the old dancehall in Midlothian to play with my country band. It was raining pretty heavily when I got there and I kinda expected a smaller than usual crowd, but the place packed out nicely. Several requests, lotta dancing and good response, good pay and tips tonight, another good gig.

Played my red Tele through my “fairly new to me” 73 Deluxe Reverb. This was kind of the first real gig for that amp (all I have used it on up to this point have been super low volume gigs). It was good to be an able to open her up a little. It sounded great, very happy with it.

A few pics ….



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