Brutal weekend, 4 gigs in three days!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Jul 2, 2013.


  1. BassCliff

    BassCliff

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    Hi,

    Yes, you all know it's feast or famine in the musician business. This was one of our "feast" weekends.

    We loaded into The Ranch (http://theranch.com) at 4pm on Friday for sound check and dinner. Yep, they feed us there. It's a great venue.

    This is Jason putting on his drummer face.

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    It was a manic weekend there, both nights were crazy busy. A couple of the staff said it was the busiest weekend they've had in a month (the last time we were there). And four or five patrons walked right up to me, complimented the band, and said they always check the schedule to see when we are playing. I think the owner noticed. He even tipped the band $100 each! He's done that several times for us. How many club owners do you know that do that? Pretty cool.

    Maybe it was just my imagination, but it seemed there were a lot of pretty ladies who insisted on line dancing in front of me.

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    The next morning we were playing for a huge housing development promotion in Mission Viejo called Sendero. The developers were giving away food and drink, hired shuttles to bring people back and forth between the different tracts. After playing Friday night we had to load in at 9:30am on Saturday morning and play until 4:30pm. Weather was in the 90s.

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    After playing all afternoon we packed it all up, loaded out, and headed back to The Ranch for supper and another night of high class honky tonk fun.

    This is the green room at The Ranch where we hang out, eat, freshen up, have an impromptu vocal rehearsal, etc.

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    The "rabbit ears" detract a little from Daniel's "fiddler face".

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    By the last set on Saturday night we were all pretty fried. One song I was singing ("Can't Shake You" by Gloriana) just completely went away. I was singing the tune OK. It was just the chords, the progression, the key, my fingers, all went away and for about a whole chorus I didn't play a single correct note. Oops. So we packed it in, went home, and got 5 hours sleep before we had to be back at Sendero at 9:30am on Sunday morning.

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    Because it was not a high-paced gig, we could pull out some of our old favorites, "Seven Bridges Road", "Hip To My Heart", and one of my favs, "Teach Your Children". I thought this picture was noteworthy in that my lyric sheet was printed on a dot matrix printer using perforated trak paper and it was sitting next to Kelly's iPad where she keeps her lyrics. I guess it shows you how much we've progressed.

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    So between load-in at 4pm Friday and load-out at 5pm on Sunday the band had been going non-stop with only a couple of breaks for 5 hour naps. At one point during the third set on Sunday Kelly turned around and said to us, "You know, I'm sick of looking at you guys." Everybody laughed, and laughed hard. We're a family.


    And the fun continues! We had Monday off. Well, some of us have day jobs. But we are back at Knott's Berry Farm tonight!

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    I hope your gigs went well last weekend. Let's all get out there and break a leg!


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
  2. jaywa

    jaywa

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    Congrats on surviving! I would bet that outdoor daytime gig in the heat of the day was the real killer of the bunch.

    It looks like you're in with a cool group of guys (and gal) though, so that's what makes all the difference.
  3. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self! Supporting Member

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    I played a place called The Ranch in Garden Grove, I think it was around 1978-1980. I met my first wife there. That place was jumpin'! Mechanical bull, wet t-shirt contests, big name stars sometimes... I wonder if this place is related to that one.

    We backed up John Anderson there when he just had his first single out. Nice guy.
  4. Slade N

    Slade N Previously sizzle Supporting Member

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    nice pics! ...weve got 3 gigs in 2 days for the next 2 weekends...so i know where youre coming from
  5. BassCliff

    BassCliff

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    Hi,

    Interesting. There is no "The Ranch" in Garden Grove any more. And I'm sure The Ranch in Anaheim is not a bit related. The owner of The Ranch used to frequent The Crazy Horse, both the old one in Santa Ana (off Dyer Rd.) and the new one in the Irvine Spectrum. When both of those closed he decided to build his own first-rate honky tonk.

    Cool! I've heard that about John Anderson. I always did like his music and my band through the years covered several of his songs.

    Several years ago my previous band opened for Sammy Kershaw and he was a real tyrant. Somebody put cheese on his salad and he threw it up in the air and cursed up a storm because everybody is supposed to know what a super vegetarian he is. His band was full of excellent musicians but they had no spark. They just went through the motions. He even had "handlers" so we couldn't get near him for pictures or autographs or anything. Oh well.

    Break a leg!


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
  6. BassCliff

    BassCliff

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    Hi,

    I'm happy to hear you have so many opportunities. I hope your gigs are not outside in the heat. We had a nice big canopy and a good stage. The staff kept us well hydrated and fed us. But working that long outdoors can really take it out of you. Break a leg!


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
  7. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self! Supporting Member

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    Yep, played there many times. :bassist:
  8. fishtx

    fishtx Supporting Member

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    I did 3 gigs in 4 days over the weekend...with a marathon drive to a family reunion in between gigs (5hrs there, and 5hrs back)...
  9. BassCliff

    BassCliff

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    Hi,

    That's almost as much fun as being on tour, driving on a bus 10 or 12 hours between gigs. I hope your shows went well.

    Next week we have another brutal schedule, 7 gigs in 6 days. Luckily they're in only 3 different venues. We get to stay set up 2 days in a row during that run. Otherwise we are schlepping our stuff in and out every day. We get paid to be roadies, we play for free. :cool:


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
  10. Marial

    Marial Proud Papa Supporting Member

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    Looks like a good run!

    We have a smaller run at the beginning of August, three in three days. We're in Seattle and we're playing the summer concert series on the 2nd in Wenatchee, a house party in Wenatchee on the 3rd, and then we're playing a side stage at the Watershed Music Festival at The Gorge on the 4th. I'll be beat like a red-headed stepchild come Monday morning. I'm not a big fan of mainstream country, but I'm definitely excited to play The Gorge.
  11. BassCliff

    BassCliff

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    Hi,

    Yes! The Gorge should be a blast. I'd love to play there. I'm a big fan of good country music. Too bad there is so much out there that is not so good.

    Our big run next week consists of Knott's Berry Farm (local theme park), the Orange County Fair (4 nights), a corporate gig, and a private party. Who knows? Maybe I'll be able to afford new brakes on my van and get a new set of strings. ;)



    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
  12. Bill G.

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    Looks like a fun weekend! When I was in my early twenties, I would look forward to those weekends when I'd have five gigs (one on Friday, two each on Saturday & Sunday). Now a two-gig weekend is plenty enough for me!
  13. Bill G.

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    By the way, what kind of fiddle does Daniel have? I'm a fiddler, too.
  14. Spaldo

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    That's one busy weekend! My record was 7 in one weekend; a theatre gig followed by a covers gig on Friday, a morning bluegrass gig, a ska gig and a funk gig on Saturday, then a folk gig followed by a blues gig on Sunday. I wish I had more weekends like that!
  15. jaywa

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    Holy cow that's insane. I'm not sure my hands would even be functioning after a weekend like that. Or any other part of me for that matter.
  16. Spaldo

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    I did need viagra for a while....(kidding)
  17. BassCliff

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    Hi,

    I don't know. I'll have to ask. He usually brings two or three to the gig, one "normal" fiddle and a couple of electric fiddles.


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
  18. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self! Supporting Member

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    Cool, sounds like you've got some good giggage going on! I liked playing at Knott's, still have a cowboy hat I bought there. Never played the OC Fair, too bad, I lived in Costa Mesa about 1 or 2 miles from the fairgrounds.

    Enjoy, my friend! I miss that kind of gig opportunity.
  19. musicianary

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    Sounds like heaven to me. Then again, I haven't been able to carry a steady gig for the past few years due to military moves and stuff. Congrats to you!
  20. Kirk Bryant

    Kirk Bryant

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    Try doing 6! Gigs in 2 days. I've done it more than once and I can tell you my hands hurt for a couple of days afterward. And this was when I was doing 6-8 gigs a week and my hands were pretty tough.

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