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2 hot, sweaty outdoor gigs in 2 days.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Stinsok, Jul 29, 2012.


  1. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I'm walking wounded today.
     
  2. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2005
    Kansas City, MO
    I know the feeling. Last Saturday my band played an outdoor benefit during the day and then an outdoor private party later that night. The heat this summer has been the worst I can remember. BTW I like your avatar!
     
  3. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1

    Jan 17, 2009
    N.H.
    I hate outdoor gigs.
    #1 the weather never seems to agree & beats you up.
    played a gig that was so cold I could hardly move my fingers second set.
    On the really hot & sticky ones my fingers get stuck on my roundwounds.
    #2 People don't listen as much, they're distracted.
    Arrgh!
     
  4. lowfreq33

    lowfreq33

    Jan 27, 2010
    Nashville
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Starting tomorrow I have SEVEN outdoor gigs in a row. We'll be covered, and they're all at the same place, so only one setup and one tear down, but it's still gonna be pretty hot.

    ...Good thing it's at a lake resort with a water park and amusement park :)
     
  5. I never liked outdoor gigs, even with good weather.
     
  6. rjmsteel

    rjmsteel

    Jan 25, 2009
    Lake County, IL
    Started our short schedule of outdoor gigs today @ Taste of Wisconsin where we had 20 minutes of setup time to swap gear between bands, had to shuttle equipment from the frontage road to the main stage, ( fortunately there was a shuttle: John Deere type vehicle), and the reverse after we finished. I did have great tone through :)
    Between the sun and the stress of moving equipment - fortunately I had my two teenage sons helping schlep equipment - I had a mild headache at the conclusion of the show. I will admit I did enjoy the (outdoor) gig while we were playing.

    Two more outdoor festivals to go with the next shows having even larger crowds, so we will see how that goes.
     
  7. 4-stringB

    4-stringB

    Jun 10, 2010
    Tallahassee
    St George Island Fl.,95+ deg,100+ hum . Non-stop skeeters, no-seeums (an incredibly painful type of biting gnat), stinking used oyster shells, salt marsh at low tide funk, two stages, a wild a$$ band of young guys out of Nashville Tenn.(Dirty Cherry), us old guys out of Tallahassee(Sweet Noise), a beach bar,and a enthusiastic crowd and you have the ingredients for the most incredible night this old fart has ever experienced...Sweat be damned...full volume ahead...PS, not to mention, I played the Fri. nite show, broke down the gear, drove two hours home, got up and worked from 7:00 AM. to 3:00 PM with 3 hrs sleep, and drove back to the island for the second show...
     
  8. dls59

    dls59 Supporting Member

    I've played several outdoor gigs in +100 degree heat this month. This summer has been brutal.
     
  9. TortugaDaPipah

    TortugaDaPipah

    May 12, 2012
    You guys just need to work monday through friday in 150+ degree attics, then 100 in the sun feels fantastic.
     
  10. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    God Bless you...I could NEVER do that...no amount of money :)
     
  11. I did 2 in one day on the 4th of July. I played on a parade float for 2 hours and then played a private party gig for 3 hours. I was about 20 lbs. lighter when done with those 2 gigs. It was over 100 deg. too with lots of humidity.
     
  12. voodoobassist

    voodoobassist Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Tulsa , OK
    It's tough out there this summer. A local gui**** got heat stroke and passed out on stage yesterday, was supposed to do a casino gig later in the eve. I've only played one outdoor gig this summer. Do NOT want to do another one!

    Another local cat who is a LARGE man, does at least 2 outdoor gigs here every week! He's at least 350 lbs and I have no clue how he survives gigging with temps over 100. Our forecast for this week is pretty much 105 and above, with a cold front moving in saturday,.....103!!!:help:
     
  13. Y'ALL ARE WIMPS! Here, in Arizona, we think nothing of playing in 110*F weather.
     
  14. Add 80% humidity and then get back with us. Until then, your 110 is our 95.
     
  15. lowfreq33

    lowfreq33

    Jan 27, 2010
    Nashville
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    I'd say 115 in Arizona is like 90 in Tennessee. I spent two weeks there in August a few years back, and the heat in Phoenix is much easier to take than the southeast US.
     
  16. Betrayer_Bass

    Betrayer_Bass Profanity Fish.

    Sep 24, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    Endorsing: Spector basses, Winspear Picks, Spector Formula 603 strings
    You lucky, lucky bast-.. People..

    Here in Norway, the sun has refused to show it's bright sparkling face. We don't remember what it is! It's just rain, rain, rain rain and rain.

    I have a waterproof case for my bass, at least we're not passing out from heatstroke though, that's tough. Happened to me once while on a plastering job. Tough.
     
  17. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    One outdoor gig yesterday, two today. Today was fun - 10:30-11:30 with one band, then a hurried drive up the PCH to do a 12:30-1:30 with another. I'd rather be busy than bored!
     
  18. YuppyPunk

    YuppyPunk

    Oct 21, 2011
    Heat is a factor, but humity makes all the differnce.

    About a month ago in the mid Atlantic was going through a heat wave. But the humity was non-existant so 100+ degrees was completely livable. Yesterday I was working outside, it was only in the mid 80s bu the humity was unbearable and I had to take frequent water breaks.

    Those who live in dry climates don't understand what humity does to you. Your sweat doesn't evaporate so you just get hotter and hotter.

    I was playing a outdoor festival in the 90's and it was so hot and humid that I literally blacked out. I was playing the entire time, but when I came to we were playing a different song and I had no idea where in the song we were. We packed up an left shortly after playing (we all needed to get out of the heat) just in time to beat the storm that washed the festival out.
     

  19. Amen. I work in the sun all day wearing welding leathers, with a cutting torch (or welding), working a 12 hour shift, plus an 1 hr. 45 min. drive to and from work. An outdoor gig in 100 degree/100% humidity is a cakewalk. My schedule is 14 days on, 7 days off. By the 11th day, I'm a friggin' zombie.
     
  20. We have monsoon season, in AZ, so the humidity angle is also known to me. It was 80%, Saturday evening. Fortunately, the gig was indoors, but the raindrops on my lighter-colored shirt remained until past the halfway point of the 3-hour gig.
     

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