Ok so next Thursday is my first gig ever so hoping to get some good advice as I am both excited but nervous as well. So anything you can share in the way of first gigs, band situation and my playing would be great! Besides my first gig, this is also my band and band members first gigs too (except our singer does open mic). But I am not sure if we (I) are ready. Granted I have some history with two of the members but really, this band formation came out of nowhere and we are only two weeks in - doing originals. Surprisingly we have amazing chemistry and the songs are great. But I think we are a few weeks away from being "Ready". So I am double nervous about next week. My drummer said don't worry it's only a gig and doesn't have to be perfect so sooner the better. I don't agree with this but wondering what the TB crowd thinks - gig before ready for the practice or be patient and prepared? My other concern is my playing and readiness. My natural ability seems to be when I am actually playing. Anything before or after goes blank but at the moment I seem like an idiot savant with the ability to come up with the spot on bassline for the song. This worries me that I will draw a blank at the gig because of nerves. However I am also afraid if I practice and memorize set in stone basslines that the music will be boring and I may still forget my parts. Making it more difficult is the band relies a lot on my bass for melody (only one real guitarist and kind of Pink Floyd like songs) so I can't just revert to roots if I get in a bind can I? How do I balance improvising and memorizing in this case? I know this is a lot to ask and yet another newbie question but would greatly appreciate any and all advice - thanks! Oh and the gig is like an extended open mic. We have to fill an hour so like 5 songs. The place is not charging so I guess no one expects perfection but first impressions count so I don't want us to lay an egg.