So, I need some gear. And when you're a working stiff, buying more gear means spending more money, which I don't have (because of a blown head gasket). I guess I need about $1000 (almost the cost of a head gasket repair) for PA stuff and a pre-amp, hopefully before a mid-summer festival. Ah, hah! I realize that I have a (limited) musical talent, and I also know some other people that might be similarly interested in processing time and beer into performance and payment. A gig, or rather 5-6 gigs is what I can do to assuage GAS. So, I'm looking to expand and start playing some gigs. My usual group is a bunch of hobby players, really just for fun. Me - Blues, Jazz, Folk, Country Strange non-kit Percussion Guy Metalhead Rythim Guitar Grunge Growler Backup Male Vox Folk/Country Female Vox (split lead) Hipster Indie Chick Vox (split lead) I asked each of the members in turn for four songs. I got four songs from each. The set list looks like the band list, with 20 songs, four each from five genres. It lacks cohesion and although I love the folks personally, turning those folks into a gig-able group was not going to be an easy path. Turns out that this is not gonna happen without major changes, so I've got to keep that group as hobby-only. But I still need some gear and my wife was out of town this weekend. So, to Craigslist I turned... Ad included some pretty specific "what I want" language: Responses = 10 4 of the sort disparaged above, including a teenager that advised "everybdy can thrash". That was nice to know. One less thing to worry about. Jams = 3 (one more this week) One was with an 80 year old, one-eyed blues singer that could only be described as loony-toons. You expect Blues vocalists to be a mess (how else would you learn to sing the blues) but this guy took it to a whole new level. We spent more than 20 minutes of the session discussing his alternative spiritual path over the last 20 years. Um, that's nice, but I thought we were running a few songs... He then got six kinds of offended when I used charts, even though HE was reading a prompter, because "why can't you feel the music, man". My reply, which I was way, way to polite to say, was "Because you gave me the charts at 10pm the night before an 11am session and I'm SIGHT READING, you chickens*** a******!" I did my "polite" hour and then boogied before I saw the fava beans and Chanti come out. Gigs = "We don't have anything scheduled yet" from EVERYBODY (except the thrasher kid who had 2 metal sets a week lined up until summer) Results = 1 guitar-vocal who was too obscure for audiences. He was pretty good and might turn out OK if I can get him into a song list that people might, y'know, enjoy. Questions: Is *anyone* getting >10% worthwhile responses from CL? Is this even a reasonable place to start, or do I have to go schmooze around the musical community (which I would much rather not do)? Is a little combo work really that hard to put together in a city of almost 3 million? Don't classic country bands know every song made between 1940-1980? Aren't jazz and blues guys supposed to be able to play a thousand songs, and a thousand more if you hum a few bars? Where are the old classic rock guys that want to do teeny tiny bar shows? When should these sessions turn into more "audition" than "jam"? Should I start recruiting people specifically for my project rather than try to get involved in someone else's thing? EDIT: This has turned into a little more saga than question. Someday, there will be some kind of results, but g'd knows when.