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Doing All-Nighters with No Break?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by jive1, Dec 15, 2017.


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  1. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    I like the way you think. I also love biker gigs. Great audiences that know how to party.
    Played a biker gig once, about four or five hours total play time. After we said good night, the head biker said here's your pay, and then handed me another stack, and said 'Can you stay?'. We played at least another two hours.
     
  2. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Performing music is my hobby, and I enjoy it, so I do it for free -- assuming I am paid for the following inconveniences: commute time to/from the gig, setup and teardown, gas (for my SUV I mean), wear and tear on my gear, etc. I wouldn't say the $100 I usually get is fair compensation, but it's the average rate for my various bands' bar gigs so it's gotta suffice. (No, I don't wanna play in a wedding band -- to me it would be work rather than fun).

    I think I could go 4 hours with one or no breaks -- easy for me to say, because I don't sing lead (and still have good bladder control, knock knock ;)) -- but I'd have to make sure I didn't get carried away when rocking out, so my fingers didn't get fatigued.
     
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    To the OP: I know exactly what you're saying. Props to you for playing the right tunes. My bands mostly play classic rock, with not much in the way of modern pop/top-40. In one of my bands, the BL plays pop dance hits during breaks, and depending on the crowd there can be more people dancing during the breaks than when we are playing. That said, there are also gigs where folks drift out when we take a break.
     
  4. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    日本/Alyeska
    I've done that a lot over the years and it's actually my main performance mode anymore. Like you said, it's great when you've got the dance floor jumping and can keep them going.
     
  5. Alphatone

    Alphatone

    Aug 24, 2017
    I used to play in a funk band where the leader liked to do three 1.5 hour sets with short breaks for this reason. Not exactly what you're describing, but maybe there's some middle ground to be had?

    I say give it a shot and see how your typical crowd reacts. There are certainly some lessons to be learned there about set pacing, endurance, etc. Make a note of what breaks down first at the performance. The band, the crowd, the sound man, etc.
     
  6. jthisdell

    jthisdell

    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    Last Friday we played a normal hour or so set, took a 15 min break and then played nearly two hours to finish the night. The crowd was great and playing through made it much more of a party. Owner and manager were very happy with us.
     
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  7. denhou1974

    denhou1974

    Mar 6, 2008
    Break music.
     
  8. brainiac

    brainiac

    Oct 4, 2005
    Aw, Man! When are the real players supposed to go outside for a smoke break!
     
  9. I've experienced bar managers saying that when the audience is on the dance floor they're not buying drinks - so take a break!
     
  10. Do you guys have cast iron kidneys? Don't have the need to pee in a four hour period? Don't get tired at the end of a 1 1/2 hour set? You must be Supermen. I look forward to periodic breaks during the night, I probably would quit a band rather than play the entire night without a break. Then again, I'm 61y/o.Knock yourselves out.
     
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  11. jive1

    jive1 Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I never said that individual players can't take a break. With the way it would be structured, each player would get about 25-30 minutes of break. Players can take breaks, but live music doesn't. I'm a smoker that also has to pee. I would neither want to have an accident or nic fit on stage.
     
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  12. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    日本/Alyeska
    Exactly. Those who can, have the option and those who can't, take a break when they need it.

    General level of health is a big part of it, especially if you're the only lead singer, or at least, the main singer who is also singing backup on everything else. I can easily go for long hours if I don't have to sing lead too.
     
  13. Virgil

    Virgil She's My Inspiration

    Nov 30, 2005
    Dresher, Pa.
    My band does weddings that way. The band will break down to fewer members while others take breaks. We go full band for the final two hours.
     
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