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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Justinvs, Jan 17, 2014.
All I want to know is, where's the beer and when do we get paid?
Exactly. I don't care what you call it, as long as I get paid.
Wish I could have seen one of their shows. but if they ever came to Montana I was too young to notice.
In terms of audience,
I play shows, son. Lotsa times they turn into parties......
Tomato tomato...potato potato....
If you're referencing to a performance on an original song it's way better to say "that was a rocking show last night." Instead of "that was a rocking gig last night."
And yes, others said it best...
I've never been to a friend's band's gig, but I've been to all their shows .
It's been my experience (and I've been everywhere, man, I've been everywhere...) that even in places where nothing at all is going on, there are roads that will take you to wherever what you wanna do is happening. Then when you're done doing it, they'll take you right back. Or not.
I use "gig" with my musician friends and friends who are REALLY into music, and "show" for everyone else because "gig" can sound a bit pretentious.
A show is performances and entertainment.
A gig is playing and staring at your feet.
I'm sure the Dead must have played Salt Lake City or someplace in the same general radius at some point, but I don't remember hearing about it. By the time I was old enough to drive any distance to see the Dead they were, uh, dead.
Exactly. I don't even feel comfortable saying "show". It's more like "We're playing at such-and-such next Saturday."
I think it started with people that came into the business with no experience. They were used to hearing a live performance being called a "show". So when they came into playing they used the only term they thought fit.
The term gig originates with jazz musicians from around the first of the 20th century, but it definitely is a musician term. A well-worn, rode hard put up wet musician.
Most people outside that circle really were strangers to the vernacular.
so it never spread into day to day language.
Words like scat, reefer, barrelhouse, rider, etc were terms that were used by a very select few in the music world.
I had a guy I played with who was doing quite well, and it took me 3 months to get him to stop calling our gigs "shows". Used to drive me crazy.
where does a Gala Performance fit in?....
no, not Ga-Ga .. Gala....
Funny you should bring it up, but one of the archive recordings (Dave's Picks) coming out soon is a show in Montana from 1974. I just happened to see that today. You should get it just cuz it was Montana.
he looked like a horse (ugly, big nose)
it wasnt one of those ironic nicknames like tiny for a 6'5" 300 lbs dude.
this guy literally looked like a horse, hence the nickname Horsehead.
I think my Grandmother coined it.
This sums it up pretty well, I think. A gig is a job for a musician. A show is something people go see, to them it's not a gig. A musician playing could call it either one.
Also, a gig can refer to one show, but it can also refer to a position in a band.
"I'm going on tour with Eric Clapton."
The only Gig they ever had in Montana was that Concert.
May 14th 1974
Here is 45 minutes of the Show
Doing shows in Vegas was my gig for 25 years.
This. Except I'd leave wannabes out of the last category, and if anything, put it in the first category with the cover bands.
Gig is something cover bands do.
Play shows is what original bands do, IMO.
Yes, it's semantics.
Yeah, good distinction.