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BassCliff w/ANB at House of Blues Anaheim, 12/20/18(New video added!)

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Dec 21, 2018.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hello and Seasons Greetings!

    This was my first time playing at a House of Blues event and it was a doozy! The event was the 5th Annual California Country Chistmas (90s Edition) with over twenty local country artists taking part. We were the backing band but had a few other musicians sit in with us during the evening. Mrs. BassCliff and I also brought toys to donate to the Spark of Love Foundation.


    Like I begin most of my gigs, I'm sipping my ROCKSTAR while driving the 57 down to Orange County.


    I park in the structure next to the House of Blues and load up my handy dandy Rock-n-Roller cart. I noted that I parked in P2.


    I roll my gear up the ramp to the second level to find that the HoB is on the third level. Oops.


    John and I arrived at the same time but he was the first to find the service elevator.


    We roll our gear right in the front door like we own the place. We later found the hallway that goes from the service elevator back around to the stage door. Oh well.


    The room was pretty hip, very industrial looking.


    I snag a picture of the FOH console and stage as I roll around to the ramp backstage.


    Rather than roll around, some of the guys just toss their gear up on the front of the stage.


    This is Green Room A. There were four green rooms backstage. They gave us one of the larger ones.


    Jason sets up his drums while the stage and sound crew start running wires and setting up gear. You see Craig (FOH) on the right, Jacob (Crew) in the middle, and Johnathan (Monitors) on the left. There were a few more crew members around, all did a fine job.


    Alec and Arnie talk about how the guitar setup is going to work during the show. Alec brought a couple of his group, Truxton Mile, from Bakersfield to play this benefit.


    Arnie brought two of his Little Walter amps. I just used the backline. I was not impressed with this rig. Maybe it's too old and beat up. I could not get a good sound out of it. This rig would either sound woofy or farty, not the usual chewy mid-range goodness you get out of most Ampeg rigs.


    I made it work. At least I could hear myself. Jason had a rat's nest of wires on the riser. He needs lots of cables for drum mics, a vocal mic, stereo out on his track machine, and a line for his IEM setup.


    John and Daniel wait patiently for their turn to sound check. They talk about the immenant collapse of the Chinese economy and the effect on the global banking industry.


    This is the good looking side of the stage, stage right, with Randy, Austin, Amanda, and Crystal.


    See what I mean? I got a little of stage left in this picture.


    In the picture above, do you notice that room with the obnoxious wallpaper above the stage? That's called the "Stage Box", usually for VIPs. I wonder if there will be any?

    Daniel gets his turn to sound check. This sure is a big empty room. I hope somebody shows up tonight.


    Uh oh, I got a little too much stage left in this picture too. This is my secret identity. I haven't changed into my honky tonk hero costume yet. But I did put my jingle bells on my headstock.


    Johnathan is at the monitor board while John gets his turn to soundcheck.


    I took so many pictures at this gig. I'll need at least two more posts to finish them all. I'll be right back. Thanks for looking!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Dec 22, 2018
  2. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    We're all done with soundcheck and the stage is dark. Now we're looking for food. I guess the caterers are not here yet.


    I just thought I'd wander out front and take a picture of the stage from the floor.


    As long as I'm here, let me take one from FOH too. We were wondering what that fence-like structure was doing in the middle of the dance floor. They move it back around the FOH once soundcheck is done.


    Catering was set up in one of the green rooms of the smaller venue next door.


    I hadn't eaten all day but I didn't want to get really full because downbeat was only an hour away. I stayed with protein and salad, a burger (no bun), a really good chicken breast, and salad. I also had a couple of chocolate chip cookies after the show.


    The artists gathered in Green Room B to practice the group numbers they were going to do at the end of the two sets.


    I was able to get Mrs. BassCliff special passes so she could watch the show from the "Stage Box". This was her view. You can see the set lists on the floor shining in the blue light.


    It looks like we are just about to start. Look at that, seems a few people showed up.


    So we get welcomed, announced, and we kick off the show. This is Melissa Farrior taking the stage. She sang "Heads Carolina", I like that song.


    This is Kaitlyn Weathers. We've worked with her before.


    The show progressed pretty smoothly and quickly. The performers were told to announce the next performer coming up. We played a couple of instrumental bumper tunes only when we needed time to swap some gear onstage, pedal boards for guest guitarists or guitar swaps for Arnie and Austin. The organizer, Daniel Bonte, along with Pepper from KFROG radio make some announcements. We've worked with Daniel and Pepper before also.


    We took a couple of moments to honor the firefighters, putting their lives on the line to save lives and property.


    Everyone got out their cell phones and lit up the room. It was really cool.


    At the end of the first set all of the artists in that set came out for a big singalong. Sometimes it's good to stand in the back.


    As the song progresses we really start having fun with it.


    All the artists and the crowd were having a great time.


    We take a bow and then take a little break to regroup for the next set.


    I met Rocky from the band Redneck Rodeo. He's going to sit in when his band plays a couple of tunes.


    (Yes, since it was a 90s theme I wore my collar tips.) I went upstairs to check on Mrs. BassCliff. She was enjoying the show. This is the view of the crowd from upstairs. They filled every bin the venue had with toys for the underprivileged.


    On the half hour break we found out that one artist we thought was not going to be there was, indeed, there. So we had to learn his song on the break. We listened in the green room and I wrote out a quick NNS chart on the back of a setlist and we were ready. On with the show!


    I'll be back in the next post to try and finish up the gig. There's lots of video floating around on Facebook too. But I'm going to try and capture some for my Youtube channel. Thanks for looking!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Dec 22, 2018
  3. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Here's Rocky and his band Redneck Rodeo playing their two songs. Rocky played his P-bass. They also brought their drummer and a guitar player.


    While I'm taking pictures Arnie gets my attention. He said the amp quit working.


    So I play bass tech, run out on stage, checked cables, connections, settings, and get the amp working again. Yay me! Here's Arnie rocking it up with Redneck Rodeo.


    This is Michael Austin, another up-and-comming Nashville artist who's hoping to make it big.


    Here's a nice shot of the bass player with the mic stand in the way. We get no respect.


    Are we having fun yet? Austin, Amanda, and Crystal must be waiting for the raffle to finish so we can get back to having fun.


    I think this is Sheyna Gee. I had a second so I took her picture.


    This is Paul Justin. He played my bass. It was sort of a last second decision. Redwood Black did not bring their bass player. Paul knows them and has worked with them a lot. Paul didn't know he'd be playing tonight. That's why he didn't bring one. But they decided to all play together anyway. He said he wasn't scared of my six string. He usually plays a five.


    This is the end of the show where all the artists came out, sang together, thanked everyone, and then had a big singalong with the audience. "Friends In Low Places" was the closer and the crowd ate it up.



    Arnie is pointing at one of his favorite bass players.


    "Blame it all on my roots. I showed up in boots and ruined your black tie affair."


    "I didn't mean to cause a big scene..."


    It was a fun night. I was surprised and pleased at how well everyone worked together and dealt with last minute SNAFUs and just had fun.


    The view from out front.


    "I've got friends in low places, where the whisky drowns and the beer chased my blues away. I'll be OK."


    Hey! Looky who showed up at this shindig. It's Tammi and Jacqueline. I think these two really like us.


    You know those folks who just don't want to let the party end? These ladies were cheering us and having fun while watching us clear the stage. They were sweet.


    And here's the money shot. It's all over but the shouting.


    I had a beer, a couple of chocolate chip cookies, and then I was on my way home. I didn't even get a flat tire this time. Tonight we are headed back down to the OC to play at the Old Crow Smokehouse in Huntington Beach. It's a loud, inconvenient room but it's full of good looking, fun people, we get great BBQ, and I've never paid for a beer in there as long as I've been working there. So I'm not going to complain.

    Thanks for looking at my little gig. Now lets see if I can get some video for you. Tonight really was a blast.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Dec 22, 2018
  4. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Awesome! (Hey, I knew BassCliff before he hit the big time!!)
  5. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    I'm uploading video to YT now but for those of you who can see the FB videos, here are some links.

    Mrs. BassCliff has a video on here phone that I need to grab. It shows how much the crowd was into the show. It was pretty special.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Dec 22, 2018
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  6. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    For those of you who may ask, here are the set lists for the show.

    Cali Country Christmas Show (SET 1)

    1. Im From The Country ( D ) Paul Justin

    2. Time Marches On ( A ) Paul Justin

    3. Any Man Of Mine ( Ab ) Olivia Ooms

    4. Carrying Your Love With Me ( Bb ) Christie H

    5. Amazed ( Ab ) Jay Tighe

    6. Achy Breaky Heart ( A ) James Rensink

    7. I Cross My Heart ( Eb ) Jake Parr

    8. Small Town Saturday Night ( Ab ) Dean K

    9. Bumper ( small town riff guitar change )

    10. Does He Love You ( A ) Amanda & Crystal

    11. Meet In The Middle ( E ) Michael Monroe

    12. The Whiskey Aint Workin ( G ) Dave & Mike

    13. Cadillac Ranch ( E ) Just Dave

    14. Heads Carolina ( E ) Melissa Farrior

    15. Breathe ( G ) Kaitlyn Weathers

    16. DJ Coral Raffle

    17. Be My Baby Tonight ( A ) Rob Staley

    18. Bumper ( Stealin Corn )

    19. Nothing But The Taillights ( G ) Truxton Miles

    20. One Headlight ( D ) Truxton Miles

    21. Bumper ( Mama Screw Your Wig )

    22. The Dance ( Eb ) Carmel

    23. Standing Outside The Fire ( A ) Group

    Cali Country Christmas Show (SET 2)

    1. Love Bug ( A ) The Country Club

    2. Chattahoochie ( C ) Redneck Rodeo

    3. Blue ( A ) Alice Wallace

    4. Fancy ( Gb ) Alice Wallace

    5. Man I Feel Like A Woman ( Bb ) Sheyna Gee

    6. When You Say Nothing ( Eb ) Shey & Daniel

    7. If I Could Make a Living ( Bb ) Daniel B.

    8. DJ Coral Last Call Raffle

    9. Let ‘Er Rip ( E ) Morgan Leigh

    10. Strawberry Wine ( Db ) Morgan Leigh

    11. Bumper Tune ( Workin Man ) A

    12. Brand New Man ( G ) Eli V.

    13. Where The Blacktop Ends ( A ) Eli V.

    14. Something Like This ( G ) Scotty Mac

    15. Don’t Let Our Love Slippin ( Eb ) Scotty Mac

    16. Goin Through The Big D ( Bb ) Justin Lee

    17. I Can Still Make Cheyenne ( Eb ) Justin Lee

    18. DJ Coral Prize Reminder

    19. T R O U B L E ( G ) Redwood Black

    20. Dust On The Bottle ( B ) Redwood Black

    21. Bumper Tune ( Stealin Corn )

    22. Shoulda Been A Cowboy ( G ) Michael A.

    23. Just To See You Smile ( Gb ) Michael A.

    24. I Like It I Love It ( C ) Group

    25. Friends In Low Places ( A ) Group

    There were some last second changes. Like I mentioned earlier, we learned "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" on the break so we could play it in the second set. Arnie did not sing "Love Bug" due to his cold. Instead Austin sang "Days Go By", a Keith Urban tune from the 90s. I haven't worked this hard and had this much fun on a gig in a long time. We learned all these tunes, had a couple of rehearsals (without the artists), plus the 10 hour day on the day of the show, all for $150. Yep, that's the life of a small time rock star. But it was for a great cause and we made a lot of people happy. So I'm not going to complain.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  7. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    That was simply a ton of fun! Lotsa talent on that stage. Including Cliff Saunders > the Don Was of country house bands. :cool:
  8. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Very nice … everything about it .. thanks!
  9. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi guys,

    Yes, I'm having a big time eating beans and BBQ. ;)

    Yes, I suppose one of these days I'll have to grudgingly give up my time in the spotlight and let these whippersnapper have their turn. :D

    If you enjoyed that half as much as I did then I enjoyed it twice as much as you. ;)

    Here's some cellphone video from the gig. I'm not biased or anything but Amanda and Crystal were the best part of the evening.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  10. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
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    Looks like the party is just starting, for some...

    ... great report, Cliff! That looked like a lot of fun, for all.
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  11. mwbonsall

    mwbonsall Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2000
    Casa Grande, Arizona
    Dang Cliff, this is over the top!! I consider this a full blown concert, not a gig report. Excellent in every way, really.

  12. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    USA, Phoenix, AZ
    Wow sounds like a great night, so you only paid them $150 to play? :eek::confused:
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  13. So what went wrong on the SVT?
    Bad connection?
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  14. CatchaCuda


    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    BassCliff, you're the best. I always enjoy your threads.
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  15. G19Tony


    Apr 27, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV
    Wow @BassCliff . You won't need your day job much longer. Someones going to drag you guys to Nashville. :thumbsup:
  16. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    Dear Mr Cliff,
    What a big cool show you did, and you're doing another gig after the posted one?
    The last benefit we did was interrupted several times by drawings. It was nearly impossible to hold the crowd when we were getting shut down every few songs.
    Very cool gig, you are the consummate professional. Thanks for sharing.
    Your fan,
  17. Fantastic report, as always @BassCliff. I love reading them.

    Next time you're playing with Kaitlyn Weathers, can you give me a couple of weeks' notice so I can book a few days off work? And fly to America. And file for divorce...

    Maybe not. But maybe.
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  18. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    The Weathers fine from what I can see...


    Ms. 'Ooms' indeed!


    Thanks for the early Xmas presents, Cliff! :)
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  19. Medford Bassman

    Medford Bassman Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Medford, Wisconsin
    Another great report Cliff! Does this make me off because I know and have played many of those songs?
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  20. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi guys!

    Thank you, sir. I guess this was one of the show-ier big time shows that I've been involved with, totally fun, totally legit, but just another day at the office. Dive bar, concert, it's all the same to me. ;)

    I'm not sure who got paid what. I doubt the featured artists got paid anything. The backing band got a small stipend. Daniel Bonte, who put the whole thing together, deserves all the credit for making this event happen. He's a very community-minded fellow.

    Arnie and I were talking about it after the gig. He said it probably needs new tubes and some other service. That makes sense. Tube amps require more maintenance than the class D amps that I usually use.

    I appreciate that, buddy. :)

    I've been to Nashville. They said, "Cliff who?" But thank you.

    Thank you. Thankfully we did just two big sets with no big interruptions. Yes, I had a gig the next day too, much smaller in scope but still really fun. I'll get up another gig report soon.

    Kaitlyn is such a sweetheart, a beautiful and talented young lady. I'm sure she'll do well in entertainment.

    There was a lot to be admired in the lineup that night. I was glad to be a part of it. :)

    Thank you. Jason and I were talking about that. We weren't sure if we should be offended because they hired a band that played these songs when they were on the radio in the 90s, before some of these artists were born. ;)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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