BassCliff w/ANB at Knott's Berry Farm, 6/15/19

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Hello everyone!

    I think I'm going to have to combine our Knott's run into a single thread. We've got eight or ten Saturdays through the summer on the Calico Stage. But I'll tell you about last Saturday since it was a little different. I always forget that the freeways are just as busy on Saturdays as they are during the week. But I had left just enough time for me to arrive promptly.


    When I rolled across the street I had to wait for the train.


    The Suffragettes will be on the big stage tonight playing set times opposite to ours.


    Again we soundcheck staring into the sunset. The sun will be down by the time we start.


    The lovely Crystal joined us tonight. I don't know why Amanda wasn't here but the crowd loves Crystal and all of her old school country songs.


    Ian is clapping along to the intro to the next song. We got most of the crowd involved.


    It was a pleasant night and the crowd was enthusiastic.


    Here's another shot of our stage after the first set. My backline amp broke. The lights were on but nobody was home. So I asked the crew to let me have a DI box and put me in the monitors. It sounded fine and worked great.


    In fact, I could hear myself a lot better than last night's gig in the barn. Jason's backline kit here is not tuned to be loud and he's farther away. It's very comfortable playing on this stage. I can hear everything without it being too loud. On the break Ian and I walked over to listen to The Suffragettes for a while. They were really fun.



    Let's get a closer look. (Click to enlarge.)


    On our last set the lovely Ms. Crystal takes a selfie with the old country bass player.


    We played our three sets and then it was time to get out of Calico until next Saturday.


    The park is closing and is pretty peaceful here, very colorful.


    Maybe I should update this thread for our future gigs here if anything special happens. I'll try to be amusing. This is an amusement park after all. ;) Hey, thanks for looking!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  2. SWRnut


    Apr 21, 2008
    Columbia, SC
    Always an award winning report ! Thanks Cliff !
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  3. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Hey, how cool is THAT!!?? (Sorry about your amp, but nice recovery!). Tell Crystal she's got another fan out here in Hotlanta!
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  4. Thanks guys!

    What did I win? :p

    I'll let Crystal know. That's not my amp, it's backline. But I kind of like it. I did fine without it. Those little QSC monitors are great. ;)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  5. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    This summer we'll have to call you Cliff "Busy Beaver" Saunders. :D

    Nice crowd for you guys. Now that summer is here I think that will be the norm. :cool:

    When you said your amp died I thought "Oh No! Not the MB500." Then I looked closer and realized it wasn't your gear. (We both use MB500s and I'm sure, you, like me, find them to be very reliable. :thumbsup:)
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  6. G19Tony


    Apr 27, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV
    Nice gig! Won't be long and you'll be back here!
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  7. Hi Grant,

    My MB500 is doing fine. That backline Ampeg, not so much. My summer will definitely Italy be busy. ;)

    Hi Tony,

    Yes! We'll be at Gilley's Las Vegas three nights over the 4th of July weekend. Should be a blast!

    Oh, hey. I found a picture from out front posted by a friend on the fakebook.


    Thank you for your indulgence,

  8. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Suspended Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    I believe The Suffragettes make a strong argument for shorts onstage. (I see the bass player is, of course, Old School):D
  9. Cliff,

    Great recovery when the amp goes down. The show must go on.
    Great work!
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  10. Hi Dave,

    If I had legs like that I'd consider wearing shorts on stage. ;)

    I found out that the amp was broken when we sound checked. I'm glad it didn't go out in the middle of the set. That would've been a bit inconvenient. I don't have to hear much to be happy. It's when I hear TOO MUCH that makes it uncomfortable and un-fun. :p

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  11. Agreed!

    Maybe you should pickup one of those micro bass heads just to have as a back up. My pal just got a TC. It doesn't have a lot of power, but it could make a difference between getting through a show and not. Just a thought.
  12. Hi Pablo,

    This gig is backlined. I don't feel like bringing a backup for their equipment. I don't mind going direct and putting bass in the monitor. It keeps the stage volume down. I go ampless on a few of my regular gigs, Gilley's Las Vegas, The Ranch, Viejas Casino, etc, it don't bother me none. ;)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  13. And if you bring a backup head, it'll be the speaker that fails!

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