BassCliff w/True Willie at Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, 7/12/17(video added!)

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I second that! Great pic :cool:
  2. Thanks MCG!
    I love all types of music and -
    Love the Robert Earl -every 4th he does a free show on the River there in Kerville Tx
    It is really good -just bring a camp chair and buy the beer -fireworks right after.

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  3. hermetic


    May 10, 2016

    What's truly awesome about you, brother BassCliff, is that you share that joy so effectively that we all get to enjoy your entertaining musical escapades. That grin of yours is infectious. Thank you for your efforts to allow us to enjoy as well.
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  4. jd-ns


    Sep 28, 2010
    It's probably safe to say that this guy will not be joining your fan club :D

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  5. whatizitman


    Sep 9, 2014
    Many a year ago I worked a summer job at the Pageant - grounds, setup, painting, etc... Not a music gig, but interestingly a lot of the guys I worked with were also musicians. Fun summer.

    True Willie is the perfect type of performer for Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters. Captures the spirit of the pageant. There is no way to describe the pageant - you have to experience it. If you tell people what it is, it just sounds hokey. But if they see it they're all like whooaaaahhhh
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  6. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Hey Chris.....Just say the word and the guy's history! :sour:......

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  7. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    Just wanted to say I love the finish on Mike's Gibson. A honeyburst 335?
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  8. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    My GF just said: "Real babe magnet." :):thumbsup:

    Then reminded me all the tests came back good on Wednesday, and my doctor gave me the green-light and said to "feel free to resume your normal life." So…we start doing regular gym sessions again at 6:00am daily starting this Monday coming up. :eyebrow:

    Hmm…d'you think those two comments might be somehow related? :laugh:
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  9. Joedog


    Jan 28, 2010
    Pensacola FL
    Nice report as always! You ALMOST make me want to come out of retirement! Thumbs up on Astro vans.....I wore out 2 of them! I was pissed when they stopped making them. Keep on rocking and reporting!
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  10. JSandbloom

    JSandbloom Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Redding, Ca
    Lakland Basses
    I'll be with you guys up in Trinity County on Aug 11th. I'll be on bass with the Strangers.
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  11. kittywithabanjo

    kittywithabanjo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Coquitlam. BC
    You mentioned you came straight from work do you leave your basses in the astrovan or take them inside..?
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  12. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi guys!

    Come on in and make yourself comfortable. It's good to see you. :)

    Thank you Mr. dbase. I found out that there is video. Mrs. Dave, the drummer's wife, supposedly took some that turned out pretty well. I'll see if I can get my hands on it. Food? I showed you all the food they gave us. ;)

    I hope you guys can get in there, either FOA or Sawdust, some time. I think you would go over like gangbusters. The KRB has a gig at Sawdust on Aug. 5. I think my sub will be playing at least half of that gig, just to start working him in. It should be interesting.

    That was one of those electronic Yamaha baby grands. It was a little glitchy, wouldn't stay in tune. John thought the action was too heavy too. He's not going to use it next time.

    I like flats. I have them on my Fender JBS. I should play it more in this Willie tribute. I like the way they sound, lots of thump with just the right zing.

    Thank you. It's a cool place to play. We'll be back there again next month.

    I've met several new friends since joining this forum. Bass players, on the whole, are a pretty nice bunch. ;)

    You're welcome! I'm glad to hear that Willie is feeling well enough to gig.

    Thank you. Perhaps you should come out of retirement. I've been turning down work because I'm so busy.

    I know what you mean about Astro Vans. I don't like the newer vans at all. The Astro is just the right size.

    It is an upper-crust venue, not snooty much, just clean and artsy and comfortable.

    I'm going to drive my Astro until I can't fix it any more. I love this old thing. It has only 150,000 miles. I'm hoping to get a few more years out of it.

    Ha! Thanks. I have a friend, keyboard player, who is touring the world with Neil Diamond right now. I wish he'd post more of his adventures. THAT would be something.

    Thank you. We get to do this one again next month, Aug 23.

    Thanks! I just wish that mic stand was not in the way. Still, it ain't bad. I look like I won't break a mirror in that picture.

    Aww, shucks. I'm just glad you guys put up with me. It's fun to share my gigs and I love looking at everyone else's gigs. It's a big wide world of gigs out there and I enjoy the variety.

    I can't tell if that person is shielding their eyes from the sun or if his Zinfandel was too cold and he's got brain freeze.

    I didn't get to see any of the "live" art but the videos I've seen of the performers are pretty incredible.

    Mike calls it "tobacco". It's an old one too, 1968 comes to mind. There's a story behind that guitar. I'll have to ask Mike to refresh my memory so that I can relate it to you. Basically it was a gift from a famous guy he used to tour with, wasn't in very good shape until he restored it. Thant kind of thing.

    I'm glad you're doing better. Hit the gym and you, too, can be a "babe magnet". ;)

    I look OK from ten feet away, I guess. Roger also calls me the "chick magnet" of the band. :D

    Let's hope we can pull this off. We'll continue via PM. :)

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  13. Bunk McNulty

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

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    You got rugs. We got rugs. Rugs rock. (This True Willie gig sounds awesome.)

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  14. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    It makes such a difference standing on a rug rather than a concrete stage. I need new boots anyway but I should get myself a rug or rubber mat to take with me on gigs. My feet are getting old.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  15. MCF


    Sep 1, 2014
    Great gig! The renovated music area looks nice. August 23rd? I'll see if there is any way my wife and I can go. I'm changing jobs in a few weeks that will keep me in SoCal more than my current job so it's only a matter of time before I'll get to see you guys.
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  16. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York

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  17. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    @BassCliff - Any plans for True Willie to visit the Western NY area?
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  18. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Well, there ARE some people who say Willie is like nails on a chalkboard. Poor souls, I feel sorry for them. :rollno: :laugh:
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  19. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Howdy folks,

    Can you tell me of any dinner theaters or casinos that might be able to pay our freight out there? I can put T-Willie in touch to pitch the show. We're going to be in Jacksonville FL the last week of September at the Alhambra Theater for six shows.

    The Guess Who? I don't think Willie ever covered that song. I used to do "American Woman". It might be cool if True Willie covered that one. :)

    Roger is actually quite talented. He did single work for twenty years, just him and his acoustic guitar. He's great with the James Taylor kind of stuff. Then he'll get into Willie mode and do a disco KC and The Sunshine Band song. It's hilarious.

    Perhaps Willie is an acquired taste but the crowds we get are usually there to see Willie. We got a huge standing ovation at the end of our performance. It's a fun gig.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  20. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    True about him being an acquired taste for some people. Fortunately for me I "got" Willie the first time I heard. Through my parents I had been exposed to classical, big band, jazz and 50s rock but no country. In my teens I was strongly influenced by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, etc. who I learned about through the Rolling Stones. I was a firmly entrenched blues rocker.

    In 1976 I just started going out with my future wife. She worked in a record store and had an amazing record collection spanning all genres of music. One of the first records she put on for me was Willie's Red Headed Stranger. I became a Willie Nelson fan at that moment. I've been fortunate enough to see him live many times.

    But I digress. Gotta make it to a True Willie show. I hear the bass player is pretty good too :)

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