The smallest crowd you ve played to.

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  1. johnny k

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    1 person in the cave of a bar, and she was the bartender.
     
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    The only people present were the bar staff, of whom there were two.
     
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    Some Wineries we play...

    ( acoustic duo, older Classic rock/ Country/Blues)

    ...the room we play are, like a rear banquet rooms, away from where most folks hang out ( like tasting/ dining room) which no one comes into, except to just poke their heads in, but at least $$ is good.

    But I'm used to playing small crowds, or dead nights- just a part of gig life.

    You don't ***** about it, or bring too much attention ( maybe a quick, light joke)
    and you play for the 2 people there
     
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    The other band + the drummer's girlfriend. Promoter was an idiot. I was playing in a metal band, told him I could put together a line-up of other metal bands a get a crowd. He ignored me, booked us with some pop rock band and no-one turned up.
     
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    I'd been playing a house gig with my band for about three years, and always played Christmas Eve afternoon for 2 or 3 hours, kind of a party for the help and the regulars. 1982, actual temp was18 below zero, we all rode together to the gig (about 20 miles each way). Got there to find the owner, 1 bartender, one waitress (my gf), and one couple, of whom the wife was colossally drunk and the husband was passed out. The owner was in the mood for some music, and was paying us, so we played two hours to just them. Merry Christmas!
     
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    we used to queue up outside our own gigs to make them look busy if there was nobody there
     
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    Define "crowd"...
     
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    Does my daughter's free loading cat count?
    Otherwise the bar staff and few ne're-do-wells at the bar, aka regulars.
     
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    I used to play in an instrumental surf/rock type band. Once we played an outdoor sidewalk venue for a downtown event where the audience was constantly changing in size as people moved about. At times we played to a small crowd, but at one point there was just one homeless guy standing if front of us. He was moving to the music, and then yelled out "play some Ted Nugent, Man"! I half jokingly told my bandmates that playing to one guy who's really involved with the music beats playing to a crowd that is mostly indifferent.

    Another time we were hired to play on the deck of an upscale golf country club for an awards dinner. Whoever planned that event must have been new at it because we played outdoors on the deck and the whole of those in attendance were sitting inside where the dinner was taking place. We were the only ones on the deck. At no point was there anyone actually paying attention to us. On the plus side, anytime we made a mistake, NO ONE heard it but us. :D

    That sort of thing could cause you to develop complex of some sort. I mean, we weren't the greatest players around but we weren't THAT bad. Thank goodness those were isolated events.
     
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    I play by myself in the kitchen mostly, and I feel sorry for that guy.
     
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    3 hour round trip drive to play a 4 hour dance gig to a bartender and 1 patron. Played a solo 2 hour gig for 4 people. Both highly awkward.
     
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    Ha ha, one time I sang one song with a band where me and my 3 friends were the only patrons. Also present were the bartender, the sound guy, and his girlfriend. She recognized me 8 months later when she started working at the same company.

    Another time, there was a battle of the bands with 5 bands. Only two people showed up - my girlfriend and my best friend. I guess the rest of the guys in the bands didn't even have that.
     
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    That is classic!
     
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    hey don't feel sorry for him ... he's getting a private show!
     
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    Myself and a friend had an acoustic duo for a few years.
    One incredibly rainy night we played a gig to the bartender and my cousin.
    Crowd request went something like,
    “Anything in particular you want to hear Larry”?
     
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    Sometimes the dog lays under the piano while I play.
     
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    This thread reminds me of the record store scene in Spinal Tap.
     
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