What do you wear on stage??

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  1. JTM45blues

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    Pearl snap shirt, blue jeans with cuffs, black cowboy boots, sometimes a trucker hat and sometimes pomade combed into a pompadour
     
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    I'm in a Teletubby Tribute band, so...
     
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    I've always wanted to play in a band with matching suits. My rule is to let the music speak, so I generally wear nondescript black clothes and dark jeans. Also, no shorts, even if it's 150 degrees up there. To my esteemed elders on this forum, please realize fedoras and Hawaiian shirts are not cool. Please, let down your defensiveness and let this sink in. You look goofy as hell.
     
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    I wear clothing on stage
     
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    Black V-neck T-shirt, blue jeans, comfortable shoes. It's my uniform. Unless it's a "jacket and tie" or tux gig.
     
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    Usually Chuck Taylors, Levi 527s, a pearl snap shirt and a nice cap.
    Boos in the winter, sometimes a button up with a vest over the pearl snaps.
     
  7. Paul in Colorado

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    Actually, Hawaiian shirts ARE cool IF you're playing Hawaiian music. And just having a uke in a hipster band doesn't count!

    I don't know if this is a Hawaiian shirt or not... I'm not playing Hawaiian music so maybe I'm off course here.:D

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    If all else fails, wear a kilt!

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  8. Jack S

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    Whatever is appropriate for your gig, but you should always look like you belong on stage. I do favor Western shirts, even with my rock and roll band.
     
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    Cargo shorts, bait and tackle t-shirt, and crocs. :D
     
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    I believe that the audience deserves great music.
    Great music sung joyfully and with compelling harmonies.

    I believe that the paying audience deserves great music played in tune, and by musicians who bothered to practice their craft, and who deliver solid performances.

    I believe that musicians should dress sharp.
    Stage clothes and stage lighting highlight musicians who understand what it is that the paying audience wants;
    a few hours of escape from their hum-drum work days and their home life stresses.

    A band who cares enough to look the part of the rock and roll band.
    (Or the country band, the jazz band, the prog-rock band, or the blues band.)

    You should wear one set of garb to load-in and sound check, and a completely different set of garb (clean, eye-catching, and admirable) in which you perform.

    I myself dress cleanly, and I like vests.
    The climate, temperature, and humidity have a great influence, of course.
    But I never wear tired, unclean, pedestrian street clothes that somebody might expect to see on that guy in line in Walmart.
    Ever.

    Respect the audience enough to dress the part, I guess that's what I am saying.

    And a few notes, many of which will no-doubt irk you.
    Here they are anyway;

    * Singers, keep your hands out of your pockets when you sing.
    Keep your hands free to express emotion and passion.
    Leave your hands free to keep time and rhythm.
    All of which the audience looks forward to seeing and hearing.

    * Guitar players and bass players, leave your headstocks free of adornment.
    The clip-on tuners.
    The capos.
    Whatever.
    Those scabbed-on barnacles and flotsam and jetsam.
    They are distracting, and they belong somewhere else back-stage.

    * Make sure the first three songs of your first set are seamless and well-rehearsed.
    No long pauses in-between songs, no lengthy band discussions, and no jackassing around.
    Deliver it, kill it, and then take a breath and move onto song number four at your own pace.
    You have one chance to make a first-impression.
    Don't screw it up.

    Okay, I'm gonna shut up now.

    :(
     
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    A comfortable shirt and jeans or shorts depending on the weather. My brother's a doctor and gave me a set of scrubs once, I wore the shirt onstage until it disintigrated into it's elemental components. Lately I like sleeveless shirts.
     
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    Reading these replies, I guess I'm more conservative than I thought, or maybe I'm just getting old.

    I want the edgy stuff to come out in the music, not the way I look. I want the music to do the talking, not what I'm wearing.

    My rule is that I wear my nicest casual clothes, but I don't wear anything that I'd be embarrassed to be seen in on the street. I grew up in the 80's and the early years of alternative music and the "anti-rock star" ethos, so I studiously avoid any visual cliche (no leather pants, bowling shirts, Hawaiian shirts, hats, vests, shorts, flip flops, etc). I prefer the style of many pop-punk bands that got rid of the rock star trappings, like Television or Talking Heads.

    Usually I wear an untucked pearl snap western shirt (throws some people a little, I'm as east coast as it gets) or a long-sleeve sport shirt with a collar, dark pants or jeans, and Doc Martens.

    When I was younger I used to wear t-shirts, ragged jeans with the knees knocked out, and Chuck Taylors, but that's not a particularly good look for a guy pushing 50.
     
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    Another hot fashion tip is to wear square toed pilgrim shoes!
     
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    the same clothes i'd wear to the gig anyway
     
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    I am a country music performer, traditional country, and a lead singer for more than 20 years. I dress the part, which is the same as I dress everyday. I wear jeans, a nice shirt, sometimes t shirts, and whatever boots I decide to put on that day. I always dress nice, even if casual, and I do not wear a cowboy hat. I do wear cowboy boots, though, because I like them. Always have. The boots are my only vanity, and I have a collection of boots that costs more than all my musical gear combined.
     
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    @Jakedog was this one of your axioms that I've misquoted horribly?
     
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