BassCliff w/ANB at Heritage Hill Brews and Views, 6/19/21

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Jun 23, 2021.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hey boys and girls!

    Here it is Wednesday already and I haven't bored you to tears with a slide show about "How I Spent My Weekend Gigging". We played a special event called "Brews and Views" at an event venue called Heritage Hill. It's a place for weddings and such but the owners will just throw a party once in a while. Three hundred tickets were sold for this event. I think they heard Amanda was going to be there.

    Heritage Hill is located in the Murietta Valley near the wine country of Temecula. I got to drive by an old employer of mine, March Air Force Base near Riverside. I was stationed there in the late 70s. There's an air museum on the base.


    The traffic on the SoCal freeways is approaching pre-pandemic levels but I won't bore you with that. When I reached the back service entrance to the venue I had to call and ask someone to buzz me in. (Going in the back door with the rest of the hired help.)


    I drove up to the top of the hill through this gate. It looked a little creepy, like something out of a Dracula movie.


    And then there was this narrow dirt road on the side of the hill on the way to the loading area. I'd hate to drive this at night. Oh wait, I guess I will later.


    It turned out to be a lovely venue and our stage area and dance floor was a really good size. Here I'm helping everyone to set up by taking a selfie.


    Jed is here to get us set up and sound checked. He'll go to Knott's Berry Farm later to play that gig for us.


    Johnny Magic Fingers set up in the shade on that side of the stage. He has to keep his fingers cool.


    I think Arnie is working too hard. I hope he changes his hat before downbeat.


    In addition to his Teles, Arnie brought his nice Les Paul and a PRS.


    Here's the view from my mic just before sound check. Back beyond the little amphitheater was a taco truck and you see the old VW bus being used as a photo booth. Cute.


    Here she is! We've missed this young lady. I know it's only been a week since our last gig but before that it had been a while. She'll be with us for a set on Thursday night this week too.


    Jed is taking a good listen as we soundcheck. He's got to get outta here soon to make his gig at Knott's.


    Amanda, Arnie, and Paul do the soundcheck thing.


    This is a duo known as Wildflower. Sophie and Ryan sang to tracks as one of the opening acts. The young lady with the guitars is Gina, another opener who played/sang solo.


    Gina soundchecks. This young lady writes a lot of original material and really shreds on that acoustic guitar, like Appalachian Metal.


    This is Kaitlin. She sang a couple songs solo also. This was her first time singing and playing solo in front of an audience. She did great.


    Here we are looking down the hill at the stage/dance floor area. It was pretty warm today so the EZ-Up was moved onto the stage to give shade to the ladies while they were performing.


    Here's the taco truck. I didn't get any. Dang.


    I was on my way to our green room to put on my stage clothes. It is a nice view from up here.


    As it turns out, our green room was a green house. And there was air conditioning!


    That's twenty pictures. I'll be back in the next post to finish up. Thanks for looking!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Jun 23, 2021
  2. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Inside our green house was a selection of Jersey Mike's subs, chips, cookies, veggies, fruit, etc. Plus a cooler full of drinks and suds.


    I did not wear a Scully shirt today. It was too hot! It looks like folks are enjoying the shade while they sip their brews.


    Here's Gina shredding up a storm and flinging her hair.


    While Kaitlin, Gina, and Wildflower did their thing, the owners wanted their photographer to get some pics of the band. We went to the tippy top of the hill.


    Everyone point at your favorite bass player in the band!


    Jerry, the photographer, also had a really cool drone to take pictures with. Hopefully the pics and video will be made available.


    After our photography session we made our way back to the stage. Wildflower was finishing up their set.


    Then Gina got back up to sing a few more before we provided the dance music.


    I think Arnie is ready to play some Merle. He's not wearing his Scully either.


    It was a fun crowd tonight, a pleasant evening.


    Drummer Dave brought his cowbell but was caught off guard. He threw it on the floor tom and wailed on it.


    This was my standard rig tonight with JBS as backup. What's that on my amp?


    It's a blonde! From one of my favorite breweries. But I didn't drink it. I brought it home to enjoy later. It's still in my fridge. Maybe tonight.


    It was fun playing Amanda's songs again, both originals and covers. The kids just loved her, like a cowgirl princess.


    As the sun went down and the evening cooled our friends in the crowd relaxed.


    I tried to grab a picture of the birthday girl in the cabana but it was getting too dark. The birthday party was having a great time.


    We got a rousing standing ovation at the end of the night. Of course we played one more. We're like that.


    Then I went back up to the green house to change my close for our load out. Nice view.


    The rest of the band took off so I helped Arnie pack up. I must've wrapped fifty mic cables. Then we loaded subs, speakers, racks, bins, lights, etc, into his production company van. It took only an hour. It's what bass players do, right?


    When I finally arrive home I enjoyed another Maximus Colossal and put the blonde in the fridge for later.


    And that was how I spent my Saturday gigging. Thanks for coming along. I'm going to see if there are any interesting bits from the gig on the Fakebook and try to share them here too, just so you get a different perspective. Take care.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  3. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    I found a few more things to share. I hope you don't mind. Hmm, the bass player forgot his sunglasses.


    I guess that's why they put him in the back.


    Here's something from Gina Roode. This young lady sings great too. Check out her page.

    OK, that's it for now. I've got some work to do. ;)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  4. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Sunny California
    A can of "Magic Smoke Be-Gone"? ;)
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  5. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Awesome, Cliff. Thanks for sharing.:thumbsup:
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  6. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I think you nailed it "Flamenco Metal" I think nylon string guitars are generally finger picked mostly
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  7. That looks like a fun gig, thanks for sharing Cliff.

    I share your disappointment in missing the tacos available at the truck. Those are usually pretty good.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  8. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Nice, venue, nice gig - another excellent report, Cliff!
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  9. jjk2007

    jjk2007 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Looks like another fun one Cliff! Glad to see you out in my old stomping grounds!
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