The Kelly Rae Band, cushy corporate gig

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Jan 24, 2014.


  1. BassCliff

    BassCliff

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    Location:
    So. Cal.
    Hi,

    Tonight was one of those nights that was quite rewarding in one way but really bit the big one in another.

    The entire saloon was bought out for a private party by a large construction company (http://www.kiewit.com/) for their Stockholder's Dinner. As you can see we only played two sets, half the normal work, but we got paid almost 4 times the normal weekend compensation, plus a meal! :D

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    There was pretty much a full staff on board. They got briefed before the festivities started and four buses arrived with about 250 people.

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    Meanwhile the band loaded in and sound checked.

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    The staff worked hard to prepare all the amenities.

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    The tables looked nice once they were set.

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    This is the long bar. It was ready to go. There is another bar on the wall behind me as I stood to take this picture.

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    The staff gets last minute instructions. You can see the short bar at the far side of the room.

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    The guests got some SWAG when they arrived to help them get their honky tonk attitude.

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    This is Keri, our dance instructor for the evening. She tried to get the crowd on the floor. The manager, Steve, is assisting her.

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    But, as is typical for corporate events, the dance floor was mostly empty for the greater part of the night. Here we are just about to get started with the company boss saying a few words and announcing the band.

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    It was a really good crowd, they just weren't really into dancing until the very end of the event when they had been properly lubricated. :p

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    I managed to snap one picture of Kelly, with Art, as she was singing our closer.

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    It was a pretty cushy gig, but somebody had to do it. :smug:

    Tomorrow we're out in Palm Desert at a golf club for another corporate event. I suppose it will be more of the same. We'll just put on our show and entertain the folks whether they dance or not. That's showbiz. ;)


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
     
  2. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom Supporting Member

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    Location:
    Athens, Greece
    Way to go, BassCliff and the Kelly Rae band!

    I do hope, one day, to be able to attend one of your gigs in person!
     
  3. El Spearo

    El Spearo

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    Location:
    Wellington, NZ
    How I miss corporate/weddings/quinceaƱera gigs! Great pay, great food, heaps of fun!
     
  4. rust_preacher

    rust_preacher Supporting Member

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    Location:
    Finland
    You have to put what we have in our rider: "The audience must be sloshed crosseyed before we come on stage." Or to that effect. But then, I play in a "band at work" and we play at corporate events. That gives the management some incentive to treat the personnel well.

    Once again, thanks for a great report!
     
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