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BassCliff w/True Willie at Laguna Festival of Arts, 7/10/18

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, inlaws and outlaws,

    Yesterday me and True Willie and The Boys played our first date at the Laguna Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters Festival. We have another date later in the festival on Aug. 4th.

    My experience began with a trek into the concrete jungle of Orange County. There were surprisingly few metal beasts prowling around. This scene is just south of the "Orange Crush" as the 57 South dumps onto the 5 South.


    The concrete jungle gave way to the coastal hills as I make my way toward Laguna Canyon.


    When I arrive at the venue I see Guitar Mike pulling out of our load-in area behind the stage.


    There's a little alleyway behind the stage area where we can park while we unload.


    John arrives just as I am unloading. Our helpful, friendly gatekeeper gives us our parking stipend to use at the pay lot across the street. Parking is difficult in this town.


    I wheel my gear onstage with my handy dandy Rock-n-Roller cart to find @McG and his wife already in the VIP section.


    So I jumped off the stage, actually I used the stairs, and ran over, actually I walked, to chat and take a selfie. It's what I do.


    After saying "Hello" to @McG and Mrs. McG I had to move my trusty Astro van across the street to the pay lot. Then venue gave us $15 to put into the machine to get our parking pass. We are treated pretty well here.


    Here's a view from across the street after I had parked. The stage is to the right under those triangular roof scrims. In the middle is the large art gallery. To the left is the theater where the Pageant of the Masters is held, a live art exhibit.


    When I get back to the stage I see the band and soundman, Sid, are in full setup mode. Drummer Dave brought his granddaughter, Kaylee, to be his roadie. She worked harder than anyone today, except for maybe Sid.


    True Willie arrives as the band screws stuff together and plugs stuff in.


    Here's a view from out front as Sid works with True Willie. There's a nice QSC sound system here with a couple of subs under the stage and flying arrays. There are also a few extra speakers hung around the venue to spread the love.


    Being the bass player, it takes me about 10 minutes to set up. While everyone else is finishing up I head on over to our green room. It's behind the gift shop.


    I guess the venue normally uses this as a meeting room but they don't mind sharing. They had a nice hospitality spread for us.


    After stashing my stage clothes and stuff I make my way back to the stage. It should be about time to sound check. It will be a quick one.


    The cheap seats are starting to fill up. The people in the VIP section can afford to show up later. John is getting all of his sounds arranged. He likes playing the Yamaha electronic grand on this stage.


    A few of you have expressed your curiosity about True Willie's "Trigger". Here's a closeup.


    True Willie, without the band, played a special event last weekend. It was a private party for another 1%er's birthday party. Also on the bill was Clint Black and Kenny Loggins. Here's TW with Kenny.


    TW got Kenny and his band to autograph "Trigger".


    I'll be back in the next post to continue the experience. Thanks for looking!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Jul 11, 2018
  2. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Since this was a local gig, Guitar Mike brought his beautiful tobacco burst 335. I love that guitar. I'm going to buy a bass to match it just for my TW gigs.


    Drummer Dave's got his drummer hat on. He'll put on his Waylon hat when we start the show.


    Yes, Sid put Dave in a little cage this time. It was great. It was so quiet on stage that I would hear everything and TW didn't have to have his monitors at ear-splitting volume. Here's the view from my mic as the venue starts to fill up. The crowd got to watch us set up and soundcheck. I told @McG that it kind of takes the magic away from the show. But it keeps it real and keeps me humble.


    Here's a soundcheck selfie with TW himself.


    This is the merch table. Mrs. Drummer faithfully handles all the merch sales. She also prints out set lists for us, with key signatures. I love that.


    After our quick soundcheck we make a mad dash back to the green room to put on our cowboy clothes and hurry back to the stage. I understand the crowd paid $20 to get in, the VIP section even more. I'd better play good.


    Here are a couple rigs of dads, me and Dave. I didn't use my Fender today.


    Here's my just-about-to-start selfie with Mr. and Mrs. @McG in the background.


    Johnny Magic Fingers is ready to put on the show. I really wish he would have put his cases off the stage. But he's all about convenience.


    Guitar Mike looks the part in his white shirt and hat. He's really a great player.


    Drummer Dave says, "Peace out!" now that he's donned his Waylon hat.


    We play True Willie's intro and start the show.


    John is about to dazzle everyone with his boogie woogie number. The crowd loved it.


    We had a pretty full house today.


    I didn't get a chance to take a lot of pictures during the show. But I caught Guitar Mike tuning up.


    We played our big closer and brought the crowd to its feet. They were very enthusiastic and appreciative.


    Then we all took part in a little meet-and-greet. Of course, True Willie got all the girls.


    After which I changed into my secret identity, a roadie, and schlepped gear off the stage.


    Here's a parting shot of the festival as I roll my gear across the street to the parking lot. It's easier than trying to drive across the street.


    Like I mentioned, we'll be back to play this festival again on Aug. 4th. I've got three more gigs this week with the ANB, Wed-Thu-Fri, so it's really a busy week for me. I'll enjoy my Saturday off. Hey, thanks for looking! I appreciate all of you sharing your gigs too.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

    Last edited: Jul 12, 2018
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  3. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    First off I want to tell everyone what an amazing show True Willie and the boys put on. The level of talent on stage at every position simply couldn't be any better. There is such authenticity to the music.

    Now, with Cliff's permission I will add some photos from out front.

    Mrs. McG and I arrived early, (for some reason we're always the first to arrive anywhere we go. :))

    Here's the stage right after Cliff rolled his gear in.

    We had been looking forward to this show for a long time. You can see the joy in our faces. :)
    Grant Pattti.

    Cliff says setting up is serious business.
    Cliff John Set Up.

    John must have said something to cheer him up.
    Cliff John Set Up 2.

    I caught Cliff tanking up for the show... with Perrier?? :laugh:
    Cliff Tanking Up.

    Here's the band playing the intro before TW walks on stage.
    Band Before Willie.

    TW came out to thunderous applause.
    Band With Willie.

    Some miscellaneous pics of the band in action.

    I love this photo.
    Cliff amd Willie 2.

    Cliff Willie John.
    Cliff amd Willie 4.

    Cliff Willie Mike 3.

    Cliff wowed the crowd with his vocals for the Julio part on All the Girls I've Loved Before. I think several ladies in the crowd actually swooned. :woot:
    Cliff All the Girls.

    TW and Cliff laying it down!
    Cliff amd Willie 3.

    After the show TW (Roger) was kind enough to take a photo with Mrs McG and me. He's such a down to earth guy.
    Gant Patti Willie.

    I noticed cliff standing forlornly off to the side so we invited him to take a picture with us. It made him so happy. :laugh:
    Cliff Willie Grant Patti.

    It was such a great evening. Weather in the mid 70s, beautiful venue, perfect sound mix, incredible music.

    Once again I recommend anyone who has a chance to see this band in action do so without hesitation!!
  4. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass What key is this?

    May 26, 2005
    Bremerton, WA
    You're a good man, McG. I hope when the missus and I go do a trip down to SoCal, I'll get a chance to meet you.
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  5. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Man, what a report!! (BOTH of 'em!!) Cliff, I may not like Willie Nelson that much, but your gig reports are just amazing!! And, the McG report following... really tells a lot of the story, as well. Well Done, my friends! (Now, whenever a Willie Nelson song comes on the radio, instead of just changing stations, I can say to myself, "Yea, I know TRUE WILLIE!!!")
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  6. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Be sure ans PM me if you make it down this way. It would be great to meet you! Maybe hook up with Cliff too. Even better if he had a gig we could go to!!

    Thanks Dan. I know some people who don't care for Willie but I think you would enjoy True Willie. Cliff takes lead vocals or shares them on several songs. He has a seriously impressive voice. John's keys work and Mike's guitar are world class. Dave is as solid a drummer as you could ask for. The band just pulls you in. I was talking to Roger about it and he says he is so lucky to have assembled a band of this caliber. Pro all the way!
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  7. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi guys!

    Indeed, @McG is veritable fortitude of cleanliness and good-natured eloquence. Grant, I appreciate you and the Mrs. coming out and sharing your pictures. You make me look pretty good.

    Hey Dan. Ya know, I was never a huge Willie fan, even though I've been a real country music fan for a long time. But once I started listening to his tunes other than the radio "hits" I grew to appreciate his breadth of talent and musicianship. Pull up some of his stuff from the Stardust album and you may see what I mean. I thank you for your kind words.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  8. Admiral Akbar

    Admiral Akbar

    Mar 12, 2013
    New York
    Man, I'd love to see this band!

    Great presentation, idyllic venue... Inspiring.

    Hopefully TW comes to East Coast, or I at least head out West!
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  9. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Looked like a great venue, @BassCliff... awesome to share with @McG and the missus, and the... restivus...

    ... best I got, for right now.
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  10. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Hey, Cliff: Quick question about the 4 - string. Is that a Hipshot tuner on the E? Do you use it much? (I know you prefer the Carvin with the low B, but my Ripper is begging for some extended low range...)
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  11. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York

    Being a gearhead, I immediately noticed what king of car "Guitar Mike" was in..... sorry, I just had to...... :D

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  12. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    Dang it, missed that deal again. I always forget about what time of year they have this thing and that Pagent of the Masters. Oh well, maybe next year. If your seriously considering a 335 style bass I maybe putting my Tobacco burst Warwick Star bass II up for grabs soon, sounds way better than any Gibson EB bass. Still a bit on the fence about that one but am going to be thinning out the herd as they say round these parts before too long. Just need two or three.....maybe four, and the rest have to go find new homes. Looked like a groovy gig with nice weather to boot, been a hot dry summer up here.
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  13. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    As always-thanks for posting/sharing!

    Love it!

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  14. kittywithabanjo

    kittywithabanjo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Coquitlam. BC
    Great pics!
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  15. pjbassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Hey @BassCliff great report as usual, I look forward to every single one! What is the tiny amp head on your 2X10 cab?
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  16. G19Tony


    Apr 27, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV
    Another great gig report @BassCliff. It’s interesting seeing an insiders view of the workings of a band. It’s not all chicks and green M&M’s, is it? ;)
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  17. I'm curious, does Mike schlepp that Avant Grand or did the house provide it? That's pretty hefty keyboard since it has a full grand piano action in it.
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  18. JeffC23


    Aug 1, 2017
    I also love reading your reports. You should seriously consider writing a book with these.
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  19. Tony In Philly

    Tony In Philly Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Filthydelphia, USA
    Beautiful photos, Cliff. Man, if Willie Nelson had been a political leader we now know who his body double would have been!
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  20. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    USA, Phoenix, AZ
    That's my question...I thought to my self...That's It?
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