CC Blues Factory @ Moosestock '21, Escondido, CA 7/24/2021

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BluesWalker, Aug 4, 2021.

  1. BluesWalker

    BluesWalker Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    San Diego
    This was our band's third gig since we formed after things started to open back up in CA. This is my first attempt at a gig report, so bear with me.

    CC Blues Factory is a blues-rock band led by CC Blues; we do a mixture of covers and originals.

    Moosestock '21 was a 2-day music festival put on by the Moose Lodge in Escondido, CA, about 30 miles north of where I live in San Diego and pretty close to where the band practices in San Marcos. The party went from 5 pm - 10 pm Friday night and then from noon to 10 pm Saturday. Each band got about an hour on stage, though, as expected, sets went longer than expected, setup times took longer so start times were pushed back. Fortunately a few bands were last minute cancelations so the effect was minimal. I was around for about 5 bands on Friday: all of them were great and covered a variety of music: harmonica driven Chicago style blues band, Americana mainly acoustic roots/blues, classic rock and the blues-rock of my band, CC Blues Factory.

    The day started out with a simple pack: my bass, chords, strap and Bass Fly Rig in a case since they were providing a bass amp (unknown at that time so I did not know if I would like it but who can't resist taking a light load).

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    My wife came along so she drove us out of the neighborhood on Sixth Avenue (a bass player has to get his rest!). That is Balboa Park on the right.

    Sixth Ave.jpg

    After that, it was an easy highway ride: 163N to 15N until we exited onto a North County country road.


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    I was provided with a nice amp: an old SWR Working Man with a 15" speaker. That coupled with the Bass Fly Rig allowed me to get a sound I liked.


    We were scheduled to start at 6, but were pushed back to almost 7. That was a good time slot as they started serving food at 5:30 so the crowd picked up at that time as folks ate and settled into for an evening of music and adult beverages. The evening music was well attended, there were about a 100 people during our set; not many dancers: it was a hot, bright sunny day and most of them sat in the shade until the sun went down.

    I didn't get many pictures of the band in action. My wife took the photos on her phone but she focused on recording videos that I have not been able to transfer to my laptop. In lieu of that, here is a stage shot (apologies to all the drummers out there) and a link to our YouTube page with a recording of the show.

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    The food looked good: ribs, burgers, corn on the cob, etc. I didn't get any pictures, maybe next time.

    Next up is the Orange County Fair on Friday August 13.
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  2. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass What key is this?

    May 26, 2005
    Bremerton, WA
    Nice gig report! How do you like the Fly Rig?
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  3. Hi Mr. @BluesWalker,

    Nice! Yes! Any excuse to bring less gear! You're a man after my own lumbar. :p

    I'm glad everything worked out well. Looked like a fun festival. I've played in Balboa Park a couple times. Nice part of town. I've also played the OC fair a few times. And I love critter lodges. Fun stuff! Break a leg!

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  4. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    Nice report. Looks like a great time for all. Glad to see you folks in California out and about.
    Also, I liked your shot of 6th St. and Balboa, I used to live right there on 6th back in '72. That's a cool neighborhood. Hope you have time for a gig report from the Fair.
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  5. BluesWalker

    BluesWalker Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    San Diego
    The Fly Rig does the job for me. I have never been much into pedals so I don't need to have a lot of effects available but I have always liked the Tech 21 SansAmps pedals. I just upgraded to Fly Rig v2 which has two different drive channels as well as a clean option (no mixing however). Those combined with the compressor enable me to get sounds I like. It is nice having a tuner on the board and you can't beat the portability. Chorus is decent (and simple to use) having only one knob. I have played around with the Octave Fuzz section, and can get decent sounds out of it (it took a lot of trial and error), but have not yet used it with a band.

    Pre-covid I played in a band that went ampless. I used the FlyRig as my DI box, it worked well.
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  6. BluesWalker

    BluesWalker Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    San Diego

    I am trying to find out how to get gigs next year in Balboa Park as part of their summer music series. Getting there will be a simple walk in the park, lol, as I live directly across the street.
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  7. BluesWalker

    BluesWalker Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    San Diego
    It is nice to be out playing again...….I am going to try to get enough pictures for a Fair gig report.
  8. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    Did you see any Moose ?
  9. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    And the ribs, burgers and corn on the cob is where????? I couldn't find the food pics ... other than that, very good 1st gig report... I'm sure you will have many more to come.. ;)
  10. Looks like a fun day, thanks for sharing! :thumbsup:
  11. BluesWalker

    BluesWalker Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    San Diego
    Only Human ones :)
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