BassCliff w/KRB, Cruisin'/Cube/Esencia, 9/24-25/16

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi gang!

    This past weekend was very busy for the KRB with very little sleep, lots of driving, and lots of music. We had a double on Saturday and a long daytime gig on Sunday. I'll put all three gigs in this thread to save bandwidth. ;)

    I awoke at 5:30am on Saturday so that I could load gear, stock up on caffeine, and make it to the Orange County Fairgrounds before the traffic and crowds got too unmanageable. I arrived about 7:30 and was able to park close enough to the stage that I could just roll my gear instead of driving around the parade route for the car show. (We played this event last year.)


    Cruisin' For A Cure is the biggest single day car show in the nation. It's all about prostate cancer awareness. They even offered free examinations and PSA tests, of which most of the band took advantage.

    I rolled on over to the stage to find Jack almost done setting up the PA. I placed my gear.


    There were different displays in the courtyard this year. I was a little worried what this big truck would do to our sound but it didn't bother us at all.


    This was our announcer, Dave McClelland. He's been retired from LA radio for a while now but still does an event now and then. He's got one of those voices that you know you've heard before.


    Here's a view of the covered stage from the covered audience area.


    Before we started playing we saw the most unusual vehicle drive by on the parade route. I had to go check it out. Here's the info.


    I'm six feet tall without my boots. Have a look at this "VW Beetle".


    I should have taken a picture of the V-8 Hemi under the front hood, not the back like the original Beetles. This car drew big crowds all day long.

    The firetrucks arrived to take announcer Dave, who is the Grand Marshall today, for a ride in the parade.


    But first, the acca-pella group "Shades of Music" led us in singing the Star Spangled Banner. These guys were here last year. They've kept the group together even after the founder, Augie, passed away a few months ago.


    In between sets we wandered around looking at the interesting cars. There were a few "Back To the Future" cars.


    Here's the KIT car.


    This is Starsky and Hutch's Ford Torino.


    Herbie and the A-Team van.


    The same restoration shop was right behind the stage again this year. They had a nice woody this time.


    Rick was filling in for Mario again. He and Kelly join me for an amp-selfie.


    We received a coupon for a free lunch. I opted for the carved turkey sandwich. The turkey was great but there was nothing else on the sandwich. But I love mustard anyway.


    Here's a couple of action shots ripped from a Facebook newsfeed.



    We played 10am until 2:30. Then we packed up our gear and headed out to our second gig, load-in time of 4:00pm.


    I'll be back with our second gig of the day. I hope your weekend was full of music and merriment! Thanks for looking.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  2. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    OK, I'm back with our second gig this past Saturday. This was a fund raising event at the Discovery Cube Orange County. You can't miss it from the freeway. One end of the building is a cube sitting its corner. There's also a big rocket right by the freeway. This is the view as you exit the freeway.


    The street level view from across the street.


    We were told to use the loading dock but the caterers and production company were in the way. But we were shown an alternate that was actually easier.


    It was a decent size stage in a large multi-purpose room with pro sound and lighting, big screen rear projectors, etc.


    The room was done up nicely in a western theme. It was a Wild West at the Cube Gala tonight.


    The rest of the band arrives and we continue to set up and sound check.


    We had two subs in the band tonight. Rick played for Mario and our friend Hal played keys for Jeff. Here's a shot a little farther back showing all the big screens.


    After we were done sound checking we were led through a cubicle farm to find a place to stow our gear.


    We put our carts and cases in some unsuspecting person's office.


    Then we went out to another hallway where there were conference rooms. The small one was our "green room".


    Across the hallway a nice buffet was set up for us.


    We played one short set as the guests arrived. Then we were down for two hours while all the ceremonial stuff was going on. We had supper during our two hour break. It was baked salmon, stir-fry vegetables, fried rice, and chopped salad.


    This stuff was great. I went back for seconds. And for dessert...


    Here's the guys gathered around the conference table trying to keep each other awake for our dance set.


    It looks like we are dressed so we must be about to go on for the dance set.


    Being a fancy-schmancy corporate event (they raised over $1M tonight) I didn't take any photos from the stage. But here is an amp-selfie just before the doors opened. We played about a half hour of quieter music just to welcome the guests, let them get a drink, and take their seats.


    Of course, all the ceremonial stuff ran long so we came back at 9:30 and played straight through until 11pm. It was a very fun crowd. Most of them were dressed up nicely in western attire. There was even a couple dressed as Woody and Jesse from the movie "Toy Story". Then it was time to pack it up, again.


    But the time I packed my gear, rolled it down the hall, took the elevator to the street, drove my van from the parking lot across the street, loaded up, and drove home, it was almost 1am. I have to be up again at 5:45am. I'll be back for one last gig this weekend. Thanks for looking!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  3. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    I'm glad to be back to work on Monday morning. Now I can relax. :D

    As I said, I was up again at 5:45am on Sunday morning. I could sleep in that extra 15 minutes because my gear was already loaded and locked in the van. Yay me!

    Today's gig was for one of the large home builders in Orange County. We played for the grand opening of their new communities in "Rancho Mission Viejo", just east of San Juan Capistrano, off Ortega Highway. The 'Hilltop' homes, with an ocean view (5 miles away) go for about $1.2M. Others are between $500K and $900K. This sign greeted me as I got close.


    Then I found another sign pointing me toward our performance area.


    It was basically a parking lot gig. We had a small stage for the KRB Quartet and Jack was already hard at work setting up the PA.


    I got to park so close I could just roll my gear to the stage. No need for the R-n-R cart. You see some model homes on the hill across the street.


    For Mr. @dbase, we were greeted with muffins, pastries, cake, and coffee. Perfect!


    Those blueberry biscuit thingies caught my eye so I had a couple of those with a couple of cups of joe.


    Here's the view from the stage facing the farmhouse patio, a small gathering/event building of sorts.


    And here's the view of the stage from the farmhouse patio.


    On stage right was an actual farm, more like a large garden. You see more new homes under construction on the hill behind.


    From the community center you can see even more new houses being built.


    The management had these placed all around. I wonder why.


    Kelly's clock also has a thermometer. It was 94*F when we started our second set.


    We were covered and there was a bit of a breeze. The sun gave Jeff trouble with the display on his keyboard. He was also playing drums (patches in his keyboard) in the KRB Quartet.


    I didn't let the heat bother me. I just put on a pair of cheap sunglasses and pretended to be a cool rock star.


    Kelly looks a little worried about me.


    As the sun moved we all had to step toward the front of the stage to stay in the shade.


    We got a box lunch on our next to last break. This croissant club sandwich was really good. We also got chips and a cookie. We love cookies. It seems we were eating cookies all weekend.


    It was a small but appreciative crowd. There were a lot of folks just passing through, having something from the food trucks, taking tours of the homes, etc.


    Another action shot ripped from a Facebook newsfeed.


    Here's a shot of the clock as we finished our last set. It was a warm one.


    Then I made my way home, stopped for some barley pop, and had a nice quiet evening at home with the family. The KRB will be slowing down a bit now that our summer rush has come to an end. I'm hoping to fill the empty spaces in my calendar with some pick-up gigs from friends. We'll see. Otherwise I'll have to gig vicariously through you guys. Please don't let me down. ;)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  4. 96Brigadier


    Apr 23, 2015
    Looks like you had a great, albeit tiring, weekend! To be honest I'm disappointed the gig reports aren't going to be coming as fast and furious as they did during the summer, i quite enjoy them and the pictures :) Keep up the great work!
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  5. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    It must have taken me 10 minutes to browse all those pictures... waiting with baited breath for some food shots Then appeared the dry turkey sandwich with nothing on it... Gotta say though you made up for that with the croissant club sandwich and those great cookies ... I'm a cookie monster like yourself.. cookie cookie cookie... ;) good gig report as usual.. On a side note! Doesn't the KRB ever get tired of you taking all those pictures? My band does, they don't like their pictures taken or posted on social media. I have to sneak them or have someone else take them.
  6. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Springtown, Texas
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  7. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wow - busy weekend, Cliff!

    Nice job as usual, and I really enjoyed the car pix. I'm a woodie fan, and also enjoyed the photo with you and the "Big Bug." At first glance it looks like a 10 year old standing next to a standard sized Beetle. I'm sure it was a fun day.
  8. dlb1001


    Jan 30, 2007
    Neat pix from the car show gig.
  9. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    (How long 'til you're back at the Ranch!? ;) ) Wow. Busybusybusy. Thanks for taking the time to post pics - now REST!! Does Kelly do all your booking for the KRB? I'd ask her for some BREATHING time!! :smug:
  10. Great reports as always from the hardest workin' man on TalkBass!!! :bassist: :woot:
  11. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Hey Cliff - busy season for sure! I've often wondered how KRB manages logistics, everything from booking, SA on band members' availability and setlists; managing stage plots and production, etc.

    Are you doing anything special for this - like tools aside from emails, phone calls that is?
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  12. dlb1001


    Jan 30, 2007
    Yeah, I wonder, too, how KRB manages their gigs.
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  13. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    Heck of a final weekend, I'm tired just looking at pics :)
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  14. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    These people are troopers! Great stuff!
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  15. SWRnut


    Apr 21, 2008
    Columbia, SC
    I always enjoy your gig reports. I keep telling myself that I am going to start, but something always comes up.....
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  16. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    Great pics, Cliff!

    How often does KRB perform without you, and who is your usual sub?
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  17. As a So. Cal native and bassist, I love your posts Cliff! It reminds me that even though us tbers play different types of music, in different parts of the US (and beyond), we celebrate the opportunity to play live for people....and eat cookies. :bassist:
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  18. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hello my friends,

    Thanks for taking a while to wander through my whimsical weekend warrior world.

    Thank you. Since I've joined the band this is the time of year we go from 8-12 gigs a month to 3-4 gigs a month. Last December was pretty slow for us, only a couple of Christmas parties but the KRB Trio was busy at Knott's Merry Farm.

    That carved turkey was moist and delicious! I just wish the sandwich had some lettuce, tomato, and cheese. All I can do is report what happens on the gig and eat what they feed me. You get it all pretty much unfiltered, the good, the bad, the ugly, and the cheap lunches. ;)

    I know I can be a pest sometimes with all my picture taking. So I try not to be a distraction and try to be sensitive to the others' moods and such. I don't post many KRB pictures to Facebook. I let Kelly do that. She tries to maintain an image. Not me. I don't mind letting it all hang out, within reason. :D


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    I know! That car made me look four feet tall. There were so many cars there it would be hard to see them all in one day.

    Thank you. I think I took more car pictures at this gig last year. Here's the REPORT.

    We are scheduled to play The Ranch the first weekend of November. However, there's a chance we could be playing one of the casinos in Primm NV that weekend, Whiskey Pete's maybe?. We'll see how badly they want us.

    Thank you. Sometimes it's hard work. Sometimes I work hard. But it's always fun. :D

    Kelly has been developing relationships with clients, clubs, business owners, entertainment agencies, catering companies, event venues, etc, for over 20 years. She is good at not selling herself short. She and her husband also have an LLC called Crown Five Entertainment that offers lighting, sound, DJ, music ensembles, etc. Even though it's basically a "mom and pop" shop they do well at presenting a professional business.

    Kelly uses email as her main communication. She sends out gig sheets (Event name, Venue name, Address/Location, Contact Information, Attire, Load-in time, Downbeat time, Pay, Special instructions, etc) and set lists at least a few days before every gig. She does a good job keeping the "Upcoming Dates" page on her website up to date. I'll use the webpage to make sure I have all her dates on my personal calendar. We all use text messaging the day of the gig for last-minute details, traffic conditions, etc.

    It Tuesday and I'm just now starting to feel normal again. :p

    In addition to the full band schedule, Kelly, Daniel, and Jeff did an additional 30 dates, or so, at Knott's Berry Farm this summer. They had a really busy summer. I did only a couple of those dates when one of the others couldn't make it.

    Thank you. Start your gig reports off simple.... a shot of your gear, a shot of the stage, and a shot of the room. Then work your way up until you are both a photographer and a bass player at the same time, shooting pictures while performing. Or just do what I do sometimes and give your camera to someone else and ask them to snap a few. ;)

    I gotta stop rambling. I think I just hit a wall. Maybe I haven't fully recovered from the weekend yet. I need to find a cup of joe. Thanks for looking!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  19. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Charles, since I joined the band there hasn't been a sub for me. I rarely have to miss a gig. A couple of times I would plan something special for the weekend and I would tell Kelly that I would be unavailable. She chooses not to book anything rather than work in a sub. Sometimes for trio gigs Jeff will play left hand bass on his keyboard. But I've never subbed out on a full band gig. There hasn't been a sub for Art either. Everyone else, even Kelly, has had a sub.

    Thank you very much. I, too, enjoy the gig reports from across the country and around the world. It's fun for me to see other musicians sharing their craft. I enjoy the different venues, different gear, different food, etc.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  20. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1 Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Mmm Mmm Mmm
    A gig with food and a sound man.
    Sign me up.
    Thanks again Cliff.
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