Dirty Lixx at the Wet Spot
Who named this band? Who named this bar? I have to bill this? Ladies and gentlemen, Dirty Lixx at the Wet Spot. Whatever you do, don't sleep there.
We played Donna's Tap, in Decatur, Indiana, a few years back, and we hated it. The stage was too small! It's exactly wide enough to fit a drum kit, and then about three times as long. A long, narrow stage in a long, narrow room.
We played there, and did OK, but they weren't enthusiastic about having us back, and we weren't enthusiastic about going back.
When I heard they had changed the name to "The Wet Spot," I laughed. "Like they didn't already have enough going for them."
So I was surprised to learn we had booked there! I decided no way were we all going to crowd onto that stage. I decided I was going to put my keyboard, mic and other such things on the dance floor, off to the side, and make sort of a bizarre "L" shaped stage.
We get there, and there's a Ms. Pac Man machine where I want to set up. There's also a raggedy PA system. Do we leave the gear in the truck? Use the PA on the stage? It looks scary. We end up moving the entire PA into a storage area, other than the speakers, and use their speakers as stands for my JBL's.
I talk them into letting me move the Ms. Pac Man machine. We are in business! It takes us forever to set up, because it was like putting together a puzzle. We built the best stage in that tiny area! It was well-made, but still pretty tight.
The Wet Spot is crowded if it has fifty people in it. It is PACKED if it has more. We start out playing to 8-12 hard drinking regulars. I'm thinking this is bad. If we have a crowd this small, it's going to get worse as the night wears on.
More people come in. We're playing to a crowd of maybe 20. They're very enthusiastic. The sound is fantastic! Getting those JBL's up a bit seems to work very well, and there's just something about the room. My PA is just sounding full, with lots of great bottom end, and we have nice, clear vocals on top.
A bachelorette party comes in! Yay! They have a DD, and I make a joke about them having VD, and it goes over well. Who would've thought Dirty Lixx would be talking about VD at the Wet Spot? They stay for a set, and then go on to party elsewhere.
The room is emptying, and I'm getting worried. The bartender says, "you guys sound great! You're doing great! How long does it take you to tear down?" I realize that she didn't like how long it took to set up, and I assure her, we can tear down in about 1/2 hour, as much of the work in setting up was figuring out how to fit onto that tiny stage, adding that we left a lot of stuff at home. She says if things get really dead, we might be able to quit early.
Suddenly, the bachelorette party is back; a lot of local people told their friends we are a GREAT band, and the place is filling back up again! And everyone there LOVES us. A bucket is passed for tips. (why is a bucket being passed for tips? This scares me, and makes me wonder if we are actually being PAID tonight!!!!)
Bottom line: there was a misunderstanding about the pay, and they are paying us fifty bucks LESS than we think. Not my problem: I didn't book it, and we had a good night, and I know how bars are paying these days. I will accept it as bad communication, and so will the drummer and guitar player. My wife, who booked it, tries to press the issue, and is told we are getting fifty bucks MORE than they pay most bands, and they passed a bucket. Bucket=12 bucks.
A guy wants to play harmonica with us. I tell the band I am going to let him. They can't believe it! Out of everyone in the band, I am the least likely person to let something like this happen, but my gut says it's a good move. The guy can play; we cut him off after about 3 minutes of blues in E, and the people love us more for having him up. Correct call. Could've been awful.
All night, this looked like a candidate for a "gig gone horribly wrong" story, but actually ends up being a very fun evening, with my favorite thing: a room full of people who think we are the greatest band ever. A local singer who is very popular totally getting into it, and mouthing the words to "Whole Lotta Love" just inches from me, and shaking her booty, while we are just NAILING that song. A solid performance from everyone, with great sound.
Now about those names...
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Originally Posted by obimark
Lesson learned, a lot of people are self-centered and stupid.
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