What's the earliest in the day you've ever played a gig?

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  1. Rob J

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    Most of us gigging musicians are used to playing evening gigs or during the day for a festival gig or something of that nature. I am half of a guitar instrumental duo that has recently secured repeat performances for a car show that runs every second Saturday of the month throughout the year. Unless it's raining. We haven't gotten rained out yet although some mornings it's been pretty cold for the first hour or so.

    The thing is...the car show runs from 8:00AM to around 11:00AM, so were are there setting up around seven in the morning and playing two sets from 8 to 10 . It alway feels odd setting up and playing a gig before most people have even had their breakfast.

    Who else has played early in the morning like this? I'm guessing, not many.
     
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    10 am. Pub in Cardiff. Saturday mornings. Did it 4 or 5 times, every second week one autum back in '80. It meant getting up at about 8 to drive down and set-up. The first time it was very strange at first, but I enjoyed it. The singing voice is different at that time of day.
     
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    After 9/11, DFW Airport had some events where they’d bring in entertainers to try to soothe the frazzled nerves of travelers, mostly due to the heightened security checks that were implemented. For whatever reason they were only having bands early in the morning, like 4:30 am to 9 am or so. To compound matters, due to the aforementioned heightened security, we couldn’t drive ourselves in to the gig, we had to be shuttled in, which meant meeting the shuttle at like 3 in the morning to transfer the gear and be taken to the terminal. After one of those gigs we had to pile in a couple of SUVs and drive to Lubbock for a gig that night.

    We had a similar gig a few years before that at the airport, playing for troops returning from Desert Storm. We got to at least drive ourselves in for those gigs so it wasn’t quite as early.
     
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    I used to had a gig in a catholic band and the mass was at 8am on sunday. Most of the times I finished playing with my main band at the time by 4am a then grab some coffee and something to eat and off to the church, it was awful.
     
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    I sang in my hotel shower this morning. Sure everyone else enjoyed it.
     
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    8 am. Some kind of art vernisage or something like that. Not that anymore than 10 people showed up. But pay is pay, no questions asked.
     
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    1am .. nightclub open until 3, booked to play from 1am - 1.45am as the opening act.
     
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    Not full band, but I did a solo acoustic gig for a triathlon series a few years back - same thing - started playing by like 8:00 am, so I was playing as people started crossing the finish line.
     
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    Probably 10:00 A. M. But, it was a festival, and we were WAY low on the bill. There were 30-40 national touring bands with major label albums scheduled for a 3-day weekend. The promoter ran out of money and word got out causing some cancellations, but, a bunch of 'em still showed. The promoter was also the manager of my band, at the time, so, that's how I got on the ticket. BIG fun!
     
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    I played a famers' market gig with my friend's band downtown around 9:30am or so. We had several gigs on different days, so it might have been earlier, might have been later. It was funny performing for people in the daylight, and having cheerful hippie types come up and thank us for playing. Its' very unlike playing seedy bars that I'm accustomed to playing.
     
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    An all-ages metal festival. Probably mid-afternoon.

    There was a TV show here in Australia called Recovery, which broadcast live from 9am - midday on Saturday mornings. They had live bands every week. It was interesting to see how well bands could play after having very little (if any) sleep :D.
     
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    Some early afternoon wedding gigs for me, but I know guys that have played morning drive time radio programs while touring. Sounds brutal.
     
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    Yep. Various runs. 8am start. 730 load in.

    It sucks.
     
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    10 AM. We do a lot of retirement center gigs. 2 PM seems to be the most common time. I like it
     
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    Started after midnight a couple of times. Done early afternoon at festivals and matinee theatre shows.

    Can’t recollect a daytime morning gig.
     
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    I do two Christmas parties, on consecutive mornings every year with my friend Bill B.
    We play at his wife’s workplace.
    We play from 9-11AM.
    Bill is a great singer/writer/player, and the gigs pay very well.
    It’s worth getting up at 7AM to do them, both musically and financially.
     
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    Church musician - routinely doing sound checks at 7am for 9am service.
     
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    10:30 a,m. church service..Got to run 30 min set..not your typical church band..had a great time !
     
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