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BassCliff w/KRB@Tropical Mexico (Pomona) 2/6/16

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Greetings guardians of the lower realms,

    This afternoon the KRB played at a Mexican restaurant for family and friends of a loved one who recently passed away. After the funeral today they had a life celebration at El Tropical Mexico in Pomona.

    From the Google street view I hadn't noticed that they had a fairly large banquet room behind the original restaurant.


    I set up my PA and my small rig. I mostly played my Fender Jazz Bass Special with flats since we were doing mostly vintage and classic country by request of the family. They had given us a huge list of songs that were the favorite of their Grandpa.


    It was a lovely room but with lots of hard surfaces, tile, glass, etc.


    You can see the baffles hanging from the ceiling. When the room was full of people we didn't have any trouble with sound reflection.

    I think Jeff is pretending to be a great matador.


    We were in a very tight space, in between those columns along the wall. Jeff was a little cramped.


    Here we are at sound check. Kelly Rae couldn't make it today due to a previous commitment so our friend Kellye Huff joined us and did a great job. We all had to pick up a few extra tunes that we don't normally do but we pulled them off just fine. It's only country music, right?


    There was a terrific Mexican buffet and I could see beer and margaritas going all around the room.


    The buffet line went all around the room.


    There was a slide show going on the big screen TVs in the room, lots of old pictures and recent pictures of the dearly departed and family. That young man you see holding the baby is Adam, our host. He's a really nice fellow who was very appreciative and very complimentary. I told him how honored we were to take part in their celebration.

    Here we are at the bar just about to go on. We played one long 2 hour set so that we could get in as many requests as we could.


    When we got the special request, Daniel brought down the house with his rendition of "Devil Went Down To Georgia".


    The lovely Ms. Kellye had folks singing along with her. People just love her. Jeff is enjoying himself despite the narrow accomodations.


    This is Adam's sister, Stephanie. We were able to play a special request for her too. They loved the old Alan Jackson songs.


    We even had dancers. "Kansas City" was a huge hit with this crowd, and the favorite song of the dearly departed.


    I was singing "Here In The Real World" and happened to glance over at Adam. I saw tears in his eyes. That song must've meant something special. I started getting a little choked up too. I had to take a breath and look away. There was a lot of emotion in the room but most of it was joy and merriment.

    When we played another special request, "Friends In Low Places", everyone raised their glass. It was a nice celebration.


    The two hours went by very quickly. Soon I was loading my gear and heading for home.


    This was one of the closest gigs I've played with this band, just a 15 minute drive. I usually have to drive to the OC or to Palm Springs. That was good because I'm playing in church at 7am and still have to go over some tunes. I look forward to it. I get to use my powers for good. ;)

    I hope your weekend went great! Let's see some pictures of your gigs. Thanks for looking.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  2. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    What a special gig. Glad it turned out so well!
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  3. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    From what I could detect of the scraps on the table .. Cupcakes, Cannolie's and Coors ... don't get much better than that. Nice gig.
  4. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Glad it all went so well, BassCliff. Small "stages" like that really make you scratch your head sometimes. Glad you all had a good gig. Peace...
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  5. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I hope you were able to take advantage of the buffet at some point. It would kill me to play two hours straight while watching everyone chow down on Mex food. drool
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  6. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    Dang..BC !
    And I was moaning about gig space in my gig report.. LOL.
    I can honestly say I have NEVER done a gig behind chairs within 2 feet of the back wall!
    KUDOS dude!!

    Sure you guys couldn't have taken up LESS space by hanging from those ceiling baffles ?? LOL
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  7. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I was thinking the same thing. Sometimes it feels like I've made a career out of playing in tight spaces (decades of coffee house gigs) but I've never been that squished. Wondering how many times Daniel hit those shutters with his bow?? :laugh:
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  8. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    Back when I played rock/roll, I've played some tight spaces, but not since going "Country" about 4 yrs ago.
    Still, I have done plenty of them in the past where you turn and take off the singers head with your guitar/bass headstock, or play on the floor 'cus the stage (there's a stage???) is to small!
    all said.. this gig of BC's takes the cake IMHO!
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  9. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi guys,

    It turned out to be a very nice gig. We even got a $100 tip. I did not get a chance to sample the buffet, unfortunately.

    The band was definitely an afterthought. But we didn't complain and made the best of it. There was a surprising amount of good cheer, I think in part because we were so accommodating.

    It didn't bother me to miss out on the buffet. I was just glad we could just share in the moment and be part of the celebration.

    That was definitely the shallowest stage area I've ever performed on, only 2 feet deep. We had to move our mic stands to let people pass in front of us to sit down. But everyone was very nice and considerate.

    We all had to find a pose that worked and then not move, kind of like adjusting the rabbit ears antenna on an old TV.

    Yes, I have to remember that I'm six feet tall and four feet wide. I haven't whacked anyone in a long time. :)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  10. SV777


    Jun 29, 2014
    New York
    Hey BassCliff
    Just popping in to say I love gigging vicariously through your postings. Not a lot of gig opportunities like that for me on the east coast (yet)

    Quick question ..with these smaller gigs does your head/cab carry the bass for the room or is there a DI out to PA for help spreading the sound?
  11. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Thank you for your kind words. I hope your gigging situation improves immensely and quickly.

    I take the DI out of my amp and run bass in the PA too. My little rig is mostly used as a stage monitor.

    Thank you for your indulgence,


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