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Bar Gigs (The good the bad the drunken)

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Jimmy4string, May 31, 2018.


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  1. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    Ft.Worth/Dallas
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    I have tons - from 30 yrs of gigging, on both sides of the stage.

    It was 9:30pm - 2 songs from the end of the 2nd set - on the outdoor stage of a local BBQ restaurant that hosted live music Fri/Sat nights complete with outside bar and wait staff. We played to 11.
    Cop walks up, stands 4 feet from front of stage holding some device. Turns out that device was a dB meter.
    We're all thinking ***? What's going on ??????
    30 seconds later, he walks away. Comes back at end of the set and tells us we are good to go. Obviously, we were playing under the noise limit :)

    Turned out that local residents had petitioned the city about the noise, who then implemented a noise ordinance the prior week and had NOT notified ANY of the venues. Strike one for bureaucracy!!
    Soon after, the venue cuts bands, and now only host acoustic duos and singer songwriter types to avoid fines.
     
  2. Barisaxman

    Barisaxman Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2005
    Omaha, NE
    Definitely have a few over the years. Only one that got a little scary was at the end of one night, a gentleman got into it with his date/girlfriend while we were loading out. We're almost done at this point, still 20 or so people in the bar even though it's past close. All at once he pulls a knife and starts talking a little louder. All the staff and the owner are still there, but do NOTHING, ya know, like get the girl who's egging him on out of the bar!

    Luckily our lead singer is a former prison guard. After taking his stuff to his car he did grab his handgun "just in case", but came back in and managed to distract the guy and get him calmed down. Turned into nothing but there was enough alcohol-infused stupidity that it could have gotten really bad, quickly. We no longer play that club, by choice, and last I heard they had lost their liquor license and were having trouble getting it back because of various violations. Oh well...