BassCliff w/KRB at El Cajon, 9/8/17

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hello good people,

    Let's see if I can do this without horking it up again. We played this concert series last year.

    This Friday engagement at the El Cajon Dinner and Concert began by loading up my small rig into my trusty Astro Van along with my cowboy boots, my cowboy shirts, a couple basses, a gig bag with extra everything, etc. I love bringing my small rig when I know we'll have a good sound company.


    I was a little surprised at running into a little downpour just south of Temecula. I thought I'd seen rain off in the distance. Sure enough, it rained heavy for just a couple of minutes, just enough to mess up my freshly washed Astro Van.


    Taking the 52 east is always heavy on a Friday afternoon. If you like the desert, eastern San Diego county is quite scenic.


    I just noticed that El Cajon has its own Air and Space Museum, actually it's the Gillespie Field Annex of the San Diego Air and Space Museum. You can see their rocket from the freeway.


    (Sorry for the dirty window. You remember, rain.) I exit the freeway and drive into lovely downtown El Cajon. It actually is a nice place and the homeless folk are friendly here at the park.


    I pull around to the parking lot behind the stage. I see our green rooms are blue for some reason.


    The sound company is pretty much all set up and ready to go. Bill Noble and his crew are great to work with. We've worked with Bill a bunch over the last few years. He always makes us sound good. He's a bass player too, ya know.


    Art was already here, just waiting in the parking lot shade. Mario arrived just before the half of the band that carpooled with Kelly. We perform our setup choreography. It's an artful dance, full of skillful maneuvers and daring feats of cable plugging.


    It's a pleasant day in El Cajon. Last week for this event it was 104º at downbeat. Today it's in the mid-80s. Very nice. There are food and craft vendors spread throughout the park.


    As we sound check the overcast keeps the sun out of our eyes. But it doesn't last. The crowd starts to build.


    Here's the man, the myth, the legend, Bill Noble at the helm. He also works with us at the Valley View Casino. He really is a great soundman and has been working in the area for years, decades.


    Mario gets his kit wired up. I really like that "SubKick" kick drum mic. Didn't Quest Love design those?


    Art and Daniel await their turn to sound check.


    Skip is on the gig today. He's really working in nicely and gets tighter every time he plays with us. He'll be working with us more in the future, hopefully be the steady guy. We love Hal but he has other projects that keep him busy.


    OK, we've got our cowboy shirts on so it must be near downbeat. Kelly likes to hang out in the shade while we play an instrumental opener, usually a fiddle tune like "Turkey In The Straw" or "Arkansas Traveler".


    Mario has a little shade when we start.


    Skip wore his plaid shirt. I guess plaid is the new black.


    This was my view when we started. Frank, our emcee, is getting the crowd fired up. That sun was brutal for almost the entire first set.


    On the first break Kelly takes a selfie of us in front of the crowd.


    Then Frank makes some announcements and gives away some prizes.


    I'll be back to finish up. Thanks for looking!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  2. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    So far so good.

    We're back to finish the show. Kelly is peaceful. Mario takes a picture while Art and Daniel tune.


    I wanted to take a picture of Mario taking a picture but he put his phone down and geeked the camera instead. He likes doing that.


    You know what song Daniel is singing, right?


    Here's a crowd shot. It was a great crowd.


    Daniel is still singing that song.


    Another crowd shot while Daniel sings his song.


    My friend Deanna took some pictures with her phone and shared with me.


    She like the angled shots from behind the band that show some crowd.



    Mario is singing "Can't Stop The Feeling" because he's the youngest, hippest cat in the band.



    Am I blue?


    Yes I'm blue, with a bass face.


    Where's Kelly?


    There she is!


    At the end of the show a couple of the food vendors shared their wares with us. I had an excellent sausage dog and an empanada.


    Then it was a two hour slog to the house. But since it was late I could just set the cruise control and nap on the way. I was home about 11pm. Not bad at all.

    Thanks for looking! I'll be back later to share my Saturday night gig. Thanks for sharing your gigs too! Good stuff.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  3. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I can hear Daniel now -

    Well I got me a fine wife, I got me an ole fiddle..... When the sun's comin' up I got cakes on the griddle..............
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  4. Excellent, again! Big outdoor stage with big sound system, large crowd and good weather, doesn't get much better than that. Makes me want to move to So Cal and join a band!

    Thanks Cliff.

  5. Roxbororob

    Roxbororob Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2015
    Thx BassCliff. I'm relieved that you weren't really deleted! But you seem to have the blues tonight. We all love you dude.
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  6. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    I just realized, I don't think I have ever seen u play your Guild Pilot or P bass! It's alway that beautiful Carvin!
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2017
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  7. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Hey Cliff. Another nice park gig :thumbsup: I'm gonna forward some of those pics to my sister to show her what a great time she missed. :D

    "Sleep with one eye open..." ? :laugh:

    Come on out Mark and escape the Arizona heat :thumbsup:
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  8. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi guys,

    Wow, my deleted gig report is getting more traction that the real one. :p

    Close! We were actually thinking of picking that one up for our "Platinum Country" show to tribute John Denver.

    Daniel's big hit is, of course, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" by Charlie Daniels.

    Why not? Get a second hand guitar, chances are you'll go far, if you get in with the right bunch of fellows.

    Aww, thanks. I'm feeling much better now. :)

    Here's the JB Special in Arnie's tribute promo.

    Here's the Pilot at Knott's Berry Farm.

    We had a lot of fun and they really like us there. We may be back for their Christmas program. We'll see.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  9. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    From your initial post of the event which was deleted...


    ...Well, ya know, it was my idea for Dylan to go electric at the Newport Folk Festival in '65. I said "Bobby, if you want to shake things up, put down that wimpy acoustic and get yerself one of them i-lectric gee-tars." Yep, and it was me who gave Paul McCartney the idea for Sar-gent Pepper. Them damn Beatles - all that success, and I didn't even get a thank you card. You'd think I'd get a mention on the record, but NOOOOOOO.

    Hey you...sound guy...if you had any sense, you'd listen to me and set yourself up out in front of the band so you can actually hear...
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  10. Bassed in NZ

    Bassed in NZ search of the impeccable groove...

    Feb 22, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Tasty looking gig Cliff (aren't they all though??). Love the blue rooms - hope you didn't have to spend too much of your downtime there...
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  11. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..

    Hey you, yes you the bass player... You young whippersnapper.... Let me tell you something sonny boy, In my day we didn't have amplifiers, we had to hook a string on the back of a tin can to play bass.... Kids these days... they don't know nothin... I'm going to finish my Coors light and go home and take a nap. ;)
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  12. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    What's on a country music working bassist's pedalboard (if anything)?
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  13. Have you ever played in Mission Viejo for their 4th of July celebration? Your drummer looks very familiar, he's got that look in his eyes :woot:
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  14. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    another great gig report, BassCliff ! thanks for sharing. :thumbsup:
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  15. oldcatfish


    Jan 8, 2011
    That doesn't look like a good gig at all by BassCliff standards....I mean, like, where is the provided food!!!

    Just kidding, looks like a great gig. I joke about the food because my teenage son was walking by when I was looking at one of your other posts with the food pics. He was amazed that food was provided for working musicians. Shortly after that, he wanted me to start teaching him how to play bass. I'm not sure if that was a coincidence or not...he likes music, but loves to eat.
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  16. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    Most bass players love to eat... drool
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  17. Cool! I used to work in the Cajon-Zone (El Cajon) at the Carl's Jr on 2nd Street and the one on Fletcher Pkwy many moons ago. Looks like it was a fun gig.
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  18. Looks like a great gig Cliff, as usual your professionalism and charm show through.

    But that is not a real bass face. That's a handsome man from central casting bass face. I'd post some of my best (worst?) but it would scare the kids and everyone here would shun me.

    Keep up the good work!
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  19. Volunteerk9


    Oct 20, 2015
    I read that and a similar post above whilst eating a steaming bowl of Thai Hot Fu soup and politely blew some out of my nose. Not cool. Funny none the less as there is THAT guy in every crowd even in my limited experience.
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  20. Grumry


    Jul 6, 2016
    Sweet show.
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