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BassCliff w/KRB at Regency Ranch 3/26/15 (Video added!)

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi gang!

    We played a very nice corporate gig at a venue called Regency Ranch in Rancho Mirage.

    It was a nice day to drive out to the high desert. I always pass the Morongo Casino and Hadleys on the way to the Palm Springs area. I see Mt. San Jacinto still has a little snow at the top. Now would be a good time of year to take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up to the top. It's 90 degrees at the bottom and there's snow at the top.


    In between all the windmills is the highway out to Joshua Tree, where there's a neat little place called Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneer Town. Jim Lauderdale is known to frequent the open mic nights. It's been a while but I used to play there quite often.


    I exit the freeway next to the Aqua Caliente Casino, where I also used to play a lot.


    The is the front of the Equestrian Centers International. The venue is in the back.


    We've got a bit of a carry to the stage. It turned out that the promoters hired a stage for us instead of using the existing stage.


    Mario is set up and ready to sound check.


    Art is happy to be here.


    Kelly is ready to be cute while she sound checks.


    This big galoot is ready to sound check too.


    We did a lot of vintage country the fist set, the dinner set, so I brought along my JBS with flats to compliment my LB76.


    Mario brought his blue sparkle kit. You also see some of Daniel's rig too.


    This is Alex, our monitor guy for the evening. He and his stage hand Nigel were top notch.


    This was Alex's office.


    The sound company had nice gear, all QSC speakers and such.


    This is Scotty, the FOH guy, and Kevin at the lighting console.


    Here's a view of the stage from the FOH console.


    Here are their mains, more QSC KW series.


    And this is what Mario got for his monitor setup, his own sub. Pretty cool.


    The existing stage was used for equipment storage behind the portable stage that we used.


    This bar was immediately to our right and the band was pretty much its only customers. ;)


    That's 20 pictures. We're about done with sound check and will get dressed for the performance soon. I'll be back with more pictures.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Mar 28, 2015
  2. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi! I'm back!

    There was food and drink everywhere, buffets at all four corners of the venue and two bars.


    Here's the stage after our sound check.


    We used the small stage for our psuedo-green room.


    We were all really looking forward to supper.


    We were looking forward to dessert too!


    There was other entertainment during the evening. We had ropers and gun fighters.


    OK! Art is ready to put on the show.


    I'm enjoying the last of my refreshing adult beverage just before we start making noise.


    Kelly joins me for a selfie before we start. That's Nigel behind us making some last-second tweaks.


    Mario was pretending to play. We actually hadn't started yet.


    Art, Daniel, and Kelly look great in their black and silver, the colors for the evening.


    The patrons are enjoying cocktails and appetizers before supper is ready.


    It looks like the fashionably late guests are arrived.


    After our dinner set the sun is just starting to set. Here's a shot showing a little of the stage lighting.


    Oh yes! The ladies love their line dance.


    We were pleased to partake of the vittles.


    I love bratwursts! I sampled all of the animals and vegetables.


    Then we are back on stage and the line dancers are back on the floor.


    We played only a couple of long sets and then we were done. The stage crew and musicians do their delicate "break down" dance.


    On the way out to the parking lot I met somebody I could relate to. But she wouldn't let me ride her.


    There was a photography booth and the band took a couple of pictures. I'll email the guy, Sean at Freezephotobooth.com and get the jpg file. It turned out pretty good.

    Anyway, that was my gig last night. Next month we start getting busier so I'll be pestering you guys a little more often. I hope you don't mind. I'd love to see more of your gigs. Please post pictures and tell us about them. Thanks for looking.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Apr 14, 2015
  3. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    I also took a lot of video last night but it's not ready yet. I do have a little video that Mario took on his phone during sound check.

    The band was a little out of sorts last night. A couple of the band were feeling under the weather so we weren't at full strength. But I'll find a few good bits of my video to share with you. Give ma couple of days. I know you're waiting with bated breath. ;) :D

    Thanks again for looking.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Mar 27, 2015
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  4. BassGuyFL

    BassGuyFL Formerly known as RichardCranium Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boynton Bch FL
    Nice as always Cliff. My buddy has a mint black JBS that he never plays but will NOT sell me. Someday...
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  5. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Thank you, Mark.

    I haven't played mine that much in a long time. It was fun! I pretty much played the whole first set on the JBS. I gotta tell ya, after having played those songs pretty much exclusively on the six-string, I found myself really having to think about my fingering and positions. I missed a few but not too many noticed. ;)

    I don't know why your buddy doesn't play his. It's not like they are that rare or valuable. Well, my MIJ model isn't. I guess he's got others he'd rather play. Different strokes. Maybe he'll part with it one of these days. Good luck.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  6. jjk2007

    jjk2007 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: DNA
    Looking good BC!
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  7. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    You came through again Cliff with the women and the food shots.. good job.
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  8. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Always a pleasure reading your posts and seeing the pics, Cliff. May I ask why you play the LB76 all the time? I've always wondered; it's certainly not the first instrument I'd go to for country covers.
  9. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi guys,

    Thanks. You are too kind, sir. ;)

    As soon as I saw that grill loaded up I thought of you @dbase. I knew you'd be thrilled. ;)

    I just love my LB76. For the modern country, pop, and rock that we do it works nicely. For this gig I played my JBS half the night because of all the vintage country in the first set. I normally use the bass that fits the music. You may have seen my Kingman ABG that I use when the moment is right. I like that one too. When I really want to put some zing in the classic rock I play my Gibson RD Artist.


    Here's the picture we had done at the photo booth. I had an extra copy and scanned it. The photographer should be sending me the jpg file soon.


    As badly as I played that night, the ensemble sounded pretty dang good. I'll put together a few choice bits from my video and share them when I get a chance.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Apr 14, 2015
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  10. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    BC you are living the life man, congrats on another great gig!
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  11. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Cliff, as usual another enjoyable mini-tour of the other side of our country and a glimpse behind the scenes of an always impressive stage show ...

    ... and ... also nice to see a dance floor filled with lovely ladies of a bit more 'seasoned' persuasion for us older gents ... nothing against the young lovelies, but sometimes looking at gals the age of daughters (and grand daughters) dancing just doesn't seem right ... ;)

    As always, looking forward to your next guided tour .. thank you, sir!
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  12. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi guys,

    I'm having my fun. Thank you.

    Thanks! Yes, this crowd wasn't as young as the patrons at The Ranch but they had their fun. While I'm here, here's a few more pictures.



    This is Tara (L) and her friend. Tara, and her husband Sean, are the owners of Freeze Photobooth --> Home Page .


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Apr 14, 2015
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  13. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi folks,

    I thought I'd share a few video highlights of the evening's musical selections.

    We started the night off with some classic and vintage country. This is a Bob Wills medley followed by a Barbara Mandrell song. (7.5 minutes)

    This is some new country by Kasey Musgraves. (3.5 minutes)

    Here's a variety of classic rock, new country, and pop. (8 minutes)

    I'm really having fun with my little Zoom Q2HD video camera. I sat it in the front left corner of the stage on my tall tripod. Sorry, I didn't get Jeff or Mario in the shot but it seems you can hear everything pretty well. Thanks for looking.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  14. BassGuyFL

    BassGuyFL Formerly known as RichardCranium Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boynton Bch FL
    Good stuff Cliff. Although I don't think you're wearing your bass high enough. ;)
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  15. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    That's a habit left over from my jazz days. I'm too cheap/lazy to lengthen my straps. Besides, it saves my basses from that dreaded "belt buckle syndrome". ;)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Mar 30, 2015
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  16. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Great stuff as always.
    You get to work with some really pro sound crews!
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  17. BucketOfFish


    Mar 17, 2014
    I saw a blurb on the Desert Sun newspaper society page mentioning the KRB doing this gig. What fun!
  18. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Well how about that? I'm famous just like Oprah! (Yeah, right.) ;)

    I think I found the story....

    McCallum Denim to Diamonds event a success

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  19. calfroper


    Sep 6, 2008
    trona, calif.
    Great photos and videos! Looks like a great time! Thanks again!
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  20. Bredian


    Apr 22, 2011
    Letting your long hair fly... I guess maybe we CAN trust you! Great job as always.
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