BassCliff w/KRB at Ranch and Sawdust Art Festival 8/6-7/16(a few more pix added)

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  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends and neighbors, inlaws and outlaws!

    The KRB had another epic weekend at The Ranch and then most of us pulled a double on Saturday playing at The Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach. I've got tons of photographs with fun, food, fans, and frivolity. Bear with me.

    It all starts innocently enough on Friday afternoon loading in the stage door at The Ranch. This is really a convenient venue to load in.


    As I carry my instruments in the door I see some of the guys are already here getting set up. Mario, Art, Daniel are being assisted by our favorite sound guy, Mark.


    Just for grins and giggles I brought three basses to the gig tonight. The Guild is my backup and the Kingman was just in case I wanted to sound acoustic-y.


    No, I did not use the GK rig. We're all IEMs with no amps on stage. As Daniel gets his ears on. Mark looks at me like, "Hey, are you taking my picture?" He doesn't really like having his picture taken but I just told him I needed a new dart board cover.


    Mario gets his ears on.


    Jeff gets his ears on.


    Mark is at the helm so we do a quick sound check. We're all dialed in so it never takes very long any more.


    Then we retire to the green room to go over the set list and order our supper. We have menus printed with our names on them. I feel special.


    The manager, Vince, says it's time to get the doors open for business.


    Our lovely entertainment manager, Heather, takes a selfie with me. She is such a doll and takes good care of us. She used to be a professional dancer, Broadway type musicals and stuff. You can tell by her legs. <wink, wink!>


    Oh boy! Supper arrives. We were all hungry and helped our selves to chopped kale salad with chicken, onion soup, seared Ahi tuna, Whitetail fish tacos, Caesar salad, and that's my lettuce wrapped steakburger, a veritable feast.


    For Mr. @dbase, a close-up of my supper Friday night.


    After supper has settled it's time to hit the stage. Heather announced us so I took a picture of her with Jeff and Kelly. Pay no attention to the guys in the background.


    Daniel kicks off the intro to "My Church" as Kelly charms the microphone. I really like this song.


    Mario is hanging tough. His tooth was still bothering him Friday night. He got it fixed on Saturday and is feeling much better.


    Once again, here's Daniel tearing up "Devil Went Down To Georgia".


    And that's about all the pictures I had from Friday night. I'll continue in the next post with Saturday's double and then share some pictures taken by the staff photographers. Thanks for looking!

    (And thanks for sharing your gigs too!)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Aug 7, 2016
  2. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Continuing with our busy weekend, Saturday morning I made my way to Laguna Beach. We had an 11am downbeat so I wanted to arrive before 10am. It looked like the traffic was not going to be a problem.


    And it wasn't, until the freeway ended and condensed down to the two lane road through Laguna canyon.


    At this point it was slow going. I don't think there are any plans to widen the highway all the way into Laguna Beach. The locals do not want any more traffic in the area than there is already. I can't say as I blame them.

    I made it to the venue before 10am and managed to park right out front in the metered parking. I just fed the meter with my debit card and hoped I would be done with the gig in time.


    The annual Sawdust Art Festival is a charming gathering of lots of local artists, both original work and reproductions, painting, ceramics, pottery, photography, jewelry, leather, just about any kind of media with which to craft is represented here. It's really a big whoopty-do.


    I made my way to the tavern area where our stage was located.


    I'd heard the stage was small, but I didn't realize how small. It's going to be cozy today. It's a good thing we're just the KRB Quartet.


    Before the place filled up with people I took a couple of shots of the maze of vendors.


    I thought this guy's surfboard art was pretty cool.


    The rest of the crew starts to arrive. Jack is running sound for us today. We just need a small system, a couple of monitors and a couple of powered Mackies on sticks.


    Jeff and Daniel go over the set list. Jeff has to figure out drum patches and tempos. We're using his keyboard's drum machine today.


    OK, is it time for coffee yet guys?


    This is the view just outside the tavern area. The doors are open and the place is starting to fill up. It's a pretty big area with probably a couple hundred different vendors.


    It looks like Kelly has her coffee and is ready to go.


    Hey Mr. @dbase, on our first break I went to the deli right in front of the tavern and had an excellent turkey/BLT wrap. It was deliciously huge.


    Daniel really got the crowd going with his fiddle.


    It was a good crowd all day long. In front of the stage area, in addition to the tavern, were four food vendors all serving an excellent selection.


    On one break we went upstairs to the upper deck to check out the other entertainment. This is a lady named Patty Booker on the pink P-bass, a local artist with a couple of CDs to her credit. She writes some good ol' country music. You might recognize Paul, the fiddle player who worked with us last week.


    Here we are about to begin another of our five sets that day. At least it was a half hour on and a half hour off. We alternated with Patty and her band.


    Here's Kelly giving us a nice smile in front of the crowd.


    Jack took a few action shots of the quartet.


    That's 20 pictures. I'll be right back. Thanks for looking!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Aug 7, 2016
  3. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Continuing with our early gig this past Saturday, Kelly and I sing a little duet.


    Jack takes a shot across the stage.


    The tree we were under, while providing very nice shade, also shed all over our gear all day long.


    You can see the tree droppings all over Jack's Mackie powered mixer.


    Jack used the powered mixer to power the passive monitors and just sent a signal to his powered Mackies for the mains.


    The crowd really enjoyed Kelly. They didn't throw any food at me.


    After the gig I loaded out and still had 10 minutes left on my parking meter. Not bad at all.


    Then I went straight to The Ranch. I was actually hoping to get a nap in the green room but that didn't work out. I just hit the caffeine hard and muscled through the night. I brought my old Fender with flats tonight in case I wanted to use it on our vintage country tunes.


    Ahhh! Here's the coffee!


    Our lovely server, Katie, lets me take a picture with her. She has such beautiful curly hair. I'd never seen it down before. She always puts it up before beginning her shift. We all love Katie. She takes really good care of us.


    Since Mario was already booked on another gig, my old friend Rick sat in on the drums Saturday night. He's worked with us several times before. Rick and I used to play in a band together four or five nights a week, back in the '90s when the work was plentiful. I've known Rick for over 20 years, one of my best buds.


    For Mr. @dbase, since I had that huge turkey wrap for lunch I had only salad for supper. Here's my beet salad and kale salad with grilled chicken. Those were Rick's fish tacos.


    Here we are about to get started. One of Kelly's friends was watching on the live stream. She texted Kelly and asked, "What happened to Mario's hair?"


    Here's my amp-selfie for a Saturday night.


    Heather announced us again. Here she is with Kelly just before the lights go up.


    Our dear friend Kellye Huff stopped by tonight and sat in for a few numbers the last set of the night. It's always a joy to see her.


    Here's a band-selfie after we finished Saturday night. It was epic fun working with Rick again. He'll be doing a couple more shows with us next month.


    This is Rebecca giving me a good-bye wave. She's one of my two-stepping buddies. Sometimes the cute young babes have pity on this old man and let me take them for a spin around the dance floor.


    The next post will have a bunch of action shots taken by the staff photographers. Thanks for looking!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Aug 8, 2016
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  4. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Now here are just a bunch of random pictures taken by the staff, the band and the dancers, all having their fun.

    You just gotta have a few shots of the line dancers.




    There we are, singing together again. It's what we do.


    Kelly jumps the riser and puts on the show.


    Jeff is in the zone.


    No, I'm not looking at the line dancers. Not me.


    More Kelly.


    Art and his sparkly guitar.


    Daniel gets down with his bad self.


    And then there's this guy.


    Kelly rocks out!


    Just another night in honky tonk heaven.


    Art and Daniel are not looking at the line dancers either. Nope.


    Put your hands in the air like you just don't care. Actually it seems Kelly is trying to keep her ears in.


    Now she can hear!


    Sure, one more of the bass player. That's why we're here, right? Maybe not.


    OK, this is why you're here.


    This is Hilary and Melanie, another one of my two-step buddies. I'm glad they put up with this old man.


    What? More line dancers?


    That's 20. I'll be back with a couple more.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  5. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    We saw Nikki this weekend. You might remember her from our recent La Habra concert. She was the line dance instructor.


    I wish I could charm the camera like Kelly does.


    And that was my gigging weekend. If there are any good pictures of us with Kellye from Saturday night I'll share a few.

    But tonight the family and I are going out to see @nixdad and The Fab 8 at Finkbiner Park in Glendora, starting at 6pm. If you're in the neighborhood please stop by. These guys are really fabulous! (Are you listening Mr. @Jamvan?) ;)

    Thanks for putting up with me guys. You're the best.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  6. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    @BassCliff - I watched your first set last night on the live stream...... you guys rock!!
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  7. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Awww, thanks! I appreciate that. It was a little weird last night because Mario was gone but Rick did a great job. And the four of us were a little burned out from playing all day too. I'm glad we sounded OK on the live stream. Thanks for tuning us in. I appreciate the kind words.

    I also got a text today from Mr. @ThatLowEnd. He tuned in last night too and caught Art starting a song in the wrong key. Art forgot to take off his capo. Oops. :D

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  8. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Sunny California
    95 songs for Saturday, wow! I don't know how you guys did it.

    Good weekend for me as I got to check KRB twice, and Sugasmack at Day in the Dirt up here in San Jose.

    Yeah... look up Art! I caught that too. The look on Kelly's face was priceless. I thought that song was off from Friday night, but did not catch the capo until someone said take your capo off. I thought you were flashing a C as in Cliff starts with the letter C.
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  9. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    HA! That was the international symbol for the key of "C". ;)

    Toward the end of the night my throat was feeling every one of those 95 songs. :eek:

    Thanks for tuning in! I'm glad you had a good weekend too. :)

    Let's see if this video link works. It's just a few second from the Sawdust festival, a little bit of Daniel on the fiddle at the end of Alabama's "Mountain Music".

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  10. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    What the heck can I say. You guys are AWESOME!!!! Congrats on making it through all those gigs, have a little hot tea w/ honey (for the throat!) and see ya' next time! (And, yea. Those Ranch girls are theee best...)
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  11. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Thank you. I'll admit that I hang out with some awesome people. I'm sorry you'll have to wait until next week to see my further adventures. I don't have a gig until Saturday when I'll be playing Knott's Berry Farm again with Jeff and Daniel. Until then I'll get caught up on some family time, and some sleep. ;)

    While I'm here, how about a few more pictures from Saturday night at The Ranch?









    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  12. hermetic


    May 10, 2016
    Awhhhhh...Man do you have fun or what.

    And again, thank you for sharing your travails as a successful havin a hell of a good time working musician.

    wink wink gams, and man you got that bass down so much you're able to take live action pics on stage??

    But The photography and better the stories of the gigs with hawt dancing babes, good times for all but I love, ahhh never mind...

    awesome and enjoyable, thanks and keep havin fun.

    and sharing...
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  13. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..

    I gotta tell ya,, the Beach Boys were right... The West coast does have the cutest girls in the world ... and food. another excellent post Cliff... I keep repeating myself with your posts, their all great. The KRB also has to come visit the East coast. We got hoagies, sausage and peppers, and water ice.... we also got green grass and plenty of water ;)
  14. City

    City Supporting Member

    Still not feeling that short hair Mr. Cliff. This is Cali after all. Maybe you need a wig for those "artsy" festivals????
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  15. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Sunny California
    I was going to ask you if the bride and groom came down and danced? They could have met at The Ranch while KRB was playing... match-makers!
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  16. Holdsg

    Holdsg Talkbass > Work Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    this thread does not suck
  17. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Dang the bar at the Ranch is super impressive and huge! Looks like they have a large selection of top shelf spirts.
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  18. EPICNESS! Cliff gives me inspiration to keep playing. someday, someday...
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  19. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Yep! :thumbsup:
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  20. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi guys,

    Thanks for checking out my little gig story. :)

    Thank you, I do have my fun and I'm glad you guys don't mind when I share it. My pictures on stage are taken when there is a lull in the action. I keep my little point-n-shoot in my back pocket or somewhere else close. When there's a long intro or other spot in the music when I'm not playing I will take a few seconds and snap a picture. It's just a matter of timing. It's time for a new camera because it takes a beating. The case is cracked, the battery compartment is held closed with gaff tape, the lens cover sometimes doesn't open, etc. But it still works. I can usually find pictures that others take of the band on the social media and event websites. Kelly is very photogenic. ;)

    Yep, they grow'em pretty out here. They are lovely to behold but I have daughters older than most of them. I figure they are someone's daughter too so I keep my thoughts wholesome and just appreciate the beauty.

    Ya know, the next time I see one of those novely hats with the built-in wig maybe I'll give it a try. Long hair is kind of fun but I have more "bad hair" days when it's longer. I have way more "good hair" days when it's short. ;)

    They were married in the event venue upstairs, called the "6th Floor", and then the whole party came down to dance and celebrate. The bride and groom were two-stepping and line dancing most of the night. Fun stuff.

    I try. :D

    It's not quite as big as the pictures might suggest. About 450 is a good crowd but I've seen it SRO with almost 600 packed in there. The stage has plenty of room, great lights and sound, and other top-notch amenities. It's the best honky tonk I've ever played. They do stock some fine spirits, Patron, Herradura, and Fireball being my favs, but I'm just the bass player and got no couth. There are some really expensive bottles in there.

    Aww shucks. Keep at it and one day you might get lucky like me. "Get a second hand guitar, chances are you'll go far if you get in with the right bunch of fellows". That's totally my story. I ain't that great. I think I've just outlived my competition. :D

    Thank you all for your nice sentiments. Thanks for sharing the fun.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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