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BassCliff w/KRB at Valley View Casino, 1/5/18

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hello friends,

    You've seen this gig several times so I'll share just a few pictures this time.

    This is the second of three gigs this first week of the new year. Me and the KRB played one of our regular haunts in North San Diego County, Valley View Casino. It's a band-behind-the-bar gig as is typical in so many casino lounges. But it's a really cushy gig. We're all wireless IEM, all direct, no gear to schlog, just plug-n-play. Our sound check took all of five minutes now that we've done this gig a few times.

    I forgot about the Friday traffic around here. It's a good thing I left a little wiggle room in my travel time. My 90 mile drive took a little over two hours.


    I pulled up the hill to the casino at 4:15. Our downbeat is 5pm.


    But that was plenty of time to get set up. We had a full sound/stage crew tonight. That's Craig in the middle. We've worked with him several times. He had us up an running in minutes.


    I brought my Guild as a backup. I plugged in my LB76, connected my ear buds to the IEM pack and I was ready to go.


    I've even got time for a selfie before we sound check.


    I was last to arrive this evening. Everyone else was having supper in the employee cafeteria. Now we're seconds away from our very quiet sound check.


    Craig does a little last minute adjustment for Kelly's monitors. She couldn't hear my bass for some reason. It's all about that bass, you know.


    The curtain parts, and we get on with the show. The crowd started out rather sparse but increased as the night progressed.


    This is the bass player's view of the room.


    Toward the end of the first set I got this warning on my iPhone mixer. I plugged it in on the breaks but it eventually turned itself off. That's OK. Once my monitor mix is set it won't change, even if the phone mixer app gets shut down.


    Here's the mixer, the remote tablet mixer, and the charging station for all the phone mixers. Craig would hang out in the front during our sets to stay on top of the mix. He's a good guy to work with.


    On the first break I had my supper. Along with the usual burgers and pizza, the cafeteria had shepard's pie and tilapia.


    Since I've been eating so much and so badly lately, I decided to have a salad and the fish. It was light, tasty, and hit the spot.


    Here's what the stage looks like from out front. It's a decent room.


    Kelly give me a wry grin during the intro to "My Church".


    Here's beauty and the beast.


    On the second break I went back to have some dessert. This was a chocolate-dipped slice of cheesecake. Oh my!


    Then we were back for our last set. The crowd was larger and quite into our brand of entertainment. We got requests that we could actually play, and a few people threw money at us. We each made $5 in tips tonight.


    Mario is not a fan of this V-drum kit. It sounded really brittle in the IEMs. But he made it work.


    We played 5-9pm, three one-hour sets with half-hour breaks. Art and I are now getting our gear checked out as we leave. The security checks all cases and bags going in and out. They're nice about it and it just take a couple minutes. I don't mind.


    Tomorrow is a corporate event at Disneyland. Then next week I'll start playing dates with the Arnie Newman Band. After tomorrow I'll have just one more gig with the KRB on the books. I'm sure she'll call me for sub work if needed but Arnie likes to stay pretty busy. We'll see how much room I have in my calendar. I have to fit my day job in between my gigs somewhere. ;)

    Hey, thanks for looking! Please share your gigs too!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Jan 6, 2018
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  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
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    Just like us TBrs were there! :woot:

    Traveling with Basscliff reality show in the works?

    There was even some suspense. Will he make the gig on time? Will he get to eat dinner? Was his stomach growling during the first set?

    Maybe a gopro action cam with audio? :cool:

    Thanks for taking the time to post!:thumbsup:
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  3. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    Another nice gig Cliff, and although YOUR on a diet... I'm not .. and you came thru with the food shots. One thing that bugs me about casino gigs is playing to people who are preoccupied with the slot machines. It's like those bars that leave the TV's on while your playing. You know people, if you want to play the slots, go into the casino. You want to hear the band, stay in the lounge. Geeesh! No respect for the band, no respect at all. (Cranky this morning because its 7 degrees in NJ, .... off my rant now) ;)
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  4. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Manitowoc WI
    What about true Whillie
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  5. Bassed in NZ

    Bassed in NZ ...in search of the impeccable groove...

    Feb 22, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Great work again Cliff!
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  6. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Aaah, nice to see the KRB again! (And, by the way, I noticed Kelly was wearing glasses at one point - isn't advancing age wonderful?!!) You're obviously going to be missed by them - I can see it in her eyes. Arnie Newman's band is cool, and that recording of Jessica, in another post, really shows your bass prowess.
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  7. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks for starting us off right for the year, Cliff! I think you’re going to be a very busy boy, indeed.

    The Christmas break must have been good for you, as you look 5 years younger in that initial selfie.
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  8. mwbonsall

    mwbonsall Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2000
    Casa Grande, Arizona
    Thanks Cliff! Looking forward to the Arnie Newman Band reports soon.

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  9. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Another fun-to-read report Cliff. :thumbsup:
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  10. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    I take it the ANB bass player is still involved, but has a scheduling problem with the frequent dates? Iirc, he's been with the band for about a year... the one that brings the double with him.
  11. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi guys,

    Nah, my life is way too boring for a reality show. It's just a little too real, no entertainment value. :p

    I have a Zoom Q2HD that does pretty good live recordings. I should start bringing it to gigs again.

    When the gamblers need a break they visit this lounge. The only machines are at the bar. This is generally a good listening crowd. And we got a lot of response at this particular engagement. At one point in the show I ask for a little audience participation. "Ladies and gentlemen, we invite you to take your hands away from the buttons for a bit and snap your fingers like this. That's it! Now you're honorary band members!" Once everyone is snapping their fingers I launch into "King Of The Road". All the old folks like that one.

    I play the True Willie gig when he has bookings. He usually has about 30 dates a year.

    Thank you. I don't think you've shared one of your gigs in a while. ;)

    Ha, one of these days I'll really learn that tune. Yes, it's kind of sad to leave this band but I'm ready to do something different. I've got two more gigs on the books with the KRB and then Alex will take my place. I'll have to talk to him about joining TB.

    Wow! Thanks for that. But I think it's the low resolution of my selfie-cam. ;)

    I have a rehearsal with the ANB on Tuesday and we start gigging Wednesday. I'll hit the stage running!

    Thank you very much.

    Matt is a really good player but country is not really his thing. There are some other concerns that prompted Arnie to make a management decision. Plus, I've known Arnie longer than I've known my wife and we've worked together many times over the years. It's great playing with old friends, especially of that caliber.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  12. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Manitowoc WI
    So Cliff
    If TW only does 30 shows a year, so leaving KRB just time for a change? Not to get to personal you always seemed so happy in that group I for one will miss those posts of your gigs
    Best of luck in your new pursuits
  13. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Kelly and I have had a good run but I've got the itch to move on. Among other things, I'm a bit stifled in that group and I want to do different material, more to my liking.

    I'll be picking up a lot of dates with other bands. For now, Arnie has given me at least 10 dates in each of January, February, and March. You might like Francelle, the female singer in Arnie's band. I'll also be doing a few with True Willie and working a day job too.

    Meet Francelle.



    Thank you for your indulgence,

  14. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    I'm really gonna miss the KRB gig reports.....

    You all seemed such a happy crew....

    C'est la vie....Good luck with your other ventures...:thumbsup:
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2018
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  15. Things change. Band mates come and go. I've been lucky that two of my bandmates have been with me for a long time. We added a pedal steel player because we were tired of being a trio. We're as much family as we are friends.

    It's hard to leave sometimes, but in the long run it usually is for the best.
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  16. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Manitowoc WI
    I get it
    After awhile, yes the$is good, plenty of gigs,but when you feel like you are just going through the motions it may be time to move on. I know it is that way for me.
    When I can be planning out what my tomorrow needs while I am singing a tune and not miss a beat I know that’s my que to exit stage left!
    Best wishes my friend
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  17. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Francelle's too small!!
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  18. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    I take it he was the one that came from rock/pop, and had to pickup playing behind the beat for country.

    Anyway, Arnie must be one of the hardest working musicians down there. It seems like every time I'm down in the area on business, his band usually has a schedule performance somewhere. He's got that Haggard, Jennings, Cash stage presence, imo. I'm probably the minority but I prefer the old school country and would like to see him do a performance with those songs exclusively, not the chick country, or pop country stuff that popular now.

    Are you playing for Arnie in Nashville this year?
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  19. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi guys,

    Thank you. The KRB is a good bunch to work with. I'm just ready for something different, a little more flexible and diverse.

    It is hard to leave a good thing. I'm pretty sure I won't regret this decision but you never can tell.

    Thank you. Complacency was not really an issue. It never got to be an "autopilot" situation. I'm ready for more variety and flexibility.

    Good things come in small packages! :)

    Matt is more of a headbanger metal guy but he's pretty well versed in many genres. Even when playing country he looks like he's playing metal.

    Arnie is definitely keen to the old school stuff, Texas swing, music like The Time Jumpers and Asleep At The Wheel. He'll play the pop stuff if the gig/venue requires. Otherwise it's that country swing that's dangerously close to jazz. I love that stuff too. Here's one I'll be doing with Arnie that Kelly would never let me do.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  20. Great report as always Cliff! That Francelle is s cutie!
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