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BassCliff w/ANG at Giracci Winery, 9/18/20

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hello friends,

    It was another outdoor pandemic gig that was too much fun. With all the new material and the acoustic feel of the band, it was a blast. It started off a bit warm as I left for the gig. It was a little cooler than this at the gig but it was very warm at my house. I had loaded up two basses and my amp for this gig. Yes, a little bit old school without IEMs.


    The winery is out on Santiago Canyon road, about as close as you can get to a country road here in the OC.


    I'm pulling onto the property now. We'll play another outdoor event at the "big house" next month. Today we are setting up in front of the barn to play to the crowd outdoors. We've played several events in the barn.


    We are well into the setup dance as the taco truck pulls onto the property. Oh boy! Tacos!


    We, and I mean Johnny Magic Fingers, are running our own sound today with just two mains on sticks, one sub, and five monitor mixes. Here's a shot of the seating under the big tree. Today's event is called "Wine Down Fridays". Pretty clever, hunh?


    I brought my small rig, GK MB500, Carvin RL210, Fender Kingman, and Kiesel PB5. My acoustic bass guitar sounded so good and I was having such fun that I never played the PB5. Arnie did not bring a Tele either. I'll show you in a minute.


    Paul was a busy guy tonight playing fiddle and steel. He brought the banjo but ended up not playing it.


    Yes, I heard there would be tacos.


    This was not really a "merch" table but more of an advertising table. Arnie set out business cards, tip jar, and even flyers with a QR code to use to tip the band through the interwebs. It worked!


    If you're wondering why there's an extra monitor out front, Amanda was supposed to show up and sit in tonight but her daughter had a little thing (nothing serious) so Amanda had to pass. Here were Arnie's WMDs, a Taylor, a Martin, and a Godin.


    We did some of our new Chet tunes and other acoustic-y instrumentals. The crowd loved the Merle and Johnny stuff too. Please don't think any less of me because I was drinking a Coors Light. The best thing about this beer was that it was free.


    Dave does an excellent job in this combo. He doesn't feel like he has to play lead drums.


    The crowd is starting to fill in as we start. It turned out to be a very pleasant evening.


    As Arnie likes to say, "Back here on vocals, drums, and cymbals, we have Mr. Dave Terry!"


    Dave says, "And don't forget cowbell!" After it got dark Arnie broke out the LEDs and John found a fan hanging out on his keyboard. That mantis stayed there for a couple of sets. I guess he liked what he heard.


    Just before the last set it was taco time. Yay band!


    After the audience enjoyed their supper and had a few glasses they were ready to party. No one danced in front of the band but they would bust a move right next to their tables.



    We played three seemingly quick sets and then it was time to do the roadie thing. Everyone had a great time, even the band, until it was time to strike the stage.


    Several people told me how much they appreciated us and how much they realize they miss live music. I hope and pray we are all better people after we get through this. I know this time has made me more grateful and thankful for a lot of things I have taken for granted in the past. One thing I am grateful for is good beer. After drinking that other stuff I had to stop on the way home to pick up one of my Lagunitas favs.


    And that was my little winery gig on a Friday night. Next week the hairy legged boys and I will be backing True Willie at a drive-in concert at The Barclay in Irvine. That will be a first for me. Arnie will be filling in for Guitar Mike so we will include a few Merle tribute songs too, like our show in Branbury TX last January. It should be a real hoot.

    Thanks for stopping by and checkout out my little gig. And thanks for sharing yours! We're gonna make it gang! Keep the faith! Be cautious, be courteous, be kind, be not fearful.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  2. Roxbororob

    Roxbororob Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2015
    Nice adaptive gig!
    I appreciate and echo your sentiments:

    "I hope and pray we are all better people after we get through this. I know this time has made me more grateful and thankful for a lot of things I have taken for granted in the past."

    "Thanks for stopping by and checkout out my little gig. And thanks for sharing yours! We're gonna make it gang! Keep the faith! Be cautious, be courteous, be kind, be not fearful."

    Haven't commented much lately but I'm still an up north fan!

    Edit: Thanks for keeping on keeping on...
    Edit 2: oops I had the same quote twice instead of two different ones.

    All the best Cliff!
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2020
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  3. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    That looks like fun!
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  4. filmtex

    filmtex Commercial User

    May 29, 2011
    S. Texas Hill Country
    Annsman Pro Audio Dealer
    Once again, a great gig report. Glad to see you folks getting out. That looked pretty much like most of the shows I play out here in the Hill Country.
    I may have a report from a show yesterday, a bit later on today, depends on what comes up here at the house.
    Nice sentiments as well and I agree, right now it seems like hope is about all we can really count on. And I hope you're right- "We're gonna make it gang! Keep the faith! Be cautious, be courteous, be kind, be not fearful." Trying my best. Live music and it's supporters are making all the difference, at least to me.
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  5. Beersurgeon


    Jul 16, 2010
    I heard that Coors Light tastes better when it's free!;)

    Thanks for the fine gig report!
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  6. Thanks for another cool gig report Cliff.

    As usual you covered all the bases and looks like fun was had by all.
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  7. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Excellent, Cliff! What a great gig in a beautiful setting.

    Great to see there will be at least ONE True Willie gig by year end!
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  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member



    always great stuff, cliff! thanks for sharing your gig experience! :thumbsup:
  9. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Thanks err'body!

    This is one of those instances where I wish we had more time to go back and edit our posts. I typo'd the title. Oh well, you know what I meant. ;)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  10. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Sunny California
    As a starving college student in my past life, I've learned that free beer is good beer. Heck, as a teenager, I learned the same thing but hate to admit it.
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  11. Claymore


    Nov 10, 2019
    Rhode Island
    Maximus is one of my favorites. You have excellent taste in beer, sir. :thumbsup:
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  12. Koog

    Koog Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Iowa USA
    Nice report, Cliff.

    Seems all I do is continue to isolate, keep the chops up waiting for my "return to the stage date", and live vicariously with reports of great gigs.

    Congrats on having nice, protected environments to share your talent and passion.

    Kindness counts....I really appreciate your closing comments.

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  13. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Tacos and a pedal steel player. Life is good.
    Looks like Arnie is a serious band leader.
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  14. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Great report, as always!
    Why is that almost all food trucks utilize that quilted-metal design on the exterior? I saw a food truck here a few days ago, and it had that same motif. Is that some sort of federal law?
    That Arnie – always thinkin'. I see that he even brought his own stool samples from the studio. ;)
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  15. Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Joshua Pickenpaugh

    Apr 16, 2001
    Band Name Idea: Food Truck Tacos.

    Nothing wrong with the Silver Bullet, especially since it's free!
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  16. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Once again - excellent gig report, sir! Very sorry Amanda wasn't able to make it - I miss seeing her! And as far as the "free" beer, always remember: You get what you pay for! (Thanks for the post!)
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  17. Toddbass65

    Toddbass65 Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2012
    You seem to really like that Kingman. I've always wondered about those. I have played acoustic basses - and have an Ibanez parlor acoustic. I have some acoustic gigs coming up over the winter, should I look at a Kingman maybe?
    What do you like about it?
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  18. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Nice gig! Around here, which is serious brewing country, they call Coors Light "why bother". But free is free. I can only drink the stuff when the sun is hot and the beer is 32.1 degrees.
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  19. Enjoyed the report.
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  20. bbh

    bbh Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    Love your reports. They’re always refreshing. Thank you.
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