First Gig Tomorrow Night!

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by dhagler, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. My band is playing an Open Mic Night. Three, maybe four songs. But, hey, we're playing in front of an audience. We plan to do Wilco's Too Far Apart, Petty's Breakdown, The Beatles' Come Together, and The Grateful Dead's West LA Fade Away if a fourth song is requested.

    Wish us luck, and thanks for the many, many posts on many, many topics here in the Band Management Forum. All have helped me gain or keep perspective on how to keep plugging away, how to deal with conflict, how to enjoy myself along the way.
  2. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Good luck and have fun.
  3. Thanks, Floyd Eye!
  4. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    What Floyd said. The first gig is never exactly like you envision it in your mind but just roll with it.

    Double check you've all got ALL your gear before you leave for the gig and that it all works.

    Look like you've been there before and be sure to visually "connect" with the crowd however big or small they may be. You're on stage and not in a garage or somebody's basement. That right there makes it a good thing.
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Go get 'em! Just remember to have fun. And if somebody makes a mistake, odds are the audience won't notice. The LAST thing you want to do is LOOK like somebody made a mistake. Just roll with it. Playing in front of people is a chemical-free high! You will LOVE IT! Come back and let us know how it goes, and a pic or two wouldn't hurt.
  6. JLY

    JLY Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Relax and enjoy it.......congrats and good luck!
  7. Thanks, Jaywa! Excellent advice.
  8. two fingers, I am the world's worst when it comes to making faces when I mess up. I will definitely try not to do that!

    I will report back, hopefully with some pictures.
  9. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Denver, CO
    Great set list! Hope you do Fadeaway too. Great song! Good luck!

    Two things to remember (bathroom related):
    Don't drink beer.
    Go number 2 before gig.

    Have fun!
  10. No beer for sure, StrangerDanger, and the second piece of advice is priceless. Thanks!
  11. Thanks, JLY! Will do!
  12. jwbassman

    jwbassman Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Good luck! Smile and have fun. Don't sweat any small mistakes either. We all make 'em. Most people in the crowd won't even notice.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that many times on stage you may not hear the optimal sound, have the best monitor mix, or monitors at all, but what the crowd hears may be completely different. I've played gigs where the stage sound was so whacked and I had to consciously force myself to maintain a good stage presence to not show what I was really thinking/feeling.

    But when the set was over people would be saying stuff like "you guys sounded great!", etc. So obviously what they heard was much different than what I was hearing while playing.

    Don't mean to frighten you (this may not be your first gig ever, just your new bands first gig and you already know this stuff lol.), just wanted to give you the advice that maintaining a positive vibe no matter what happens can keep the crowd thinking "these guys are having fun".

    If you can, bring a recorder, and put it out by the sound board or at a trustworthy friend's table. That way you can see how you really do sound to the crowd. Plus you can listen back and critique your playing and your band mate's playing. Then make any adjustments to arrangements or note choices, etc. For the future. I try to record every gig to see if I'm playing to busy or where I made mistakes or where something was wrong with the feel I was playing. That way at the next rehearsal or gig it will be corrected. Our whole band has benefitted greatly by doing this.

    Rock it!! Let us know how it goes.
  13. Thanks, jw! Having a recorder out in the crowd is an excellent idea. I'm also hoping I can get someone to video us as well. And I will certainly report back.
  14. Zootsuitbass

    Zootsuitbass Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2011
    Breath... deep and slow.

    If you screw up DO NOT make a face. That's screwing up twice.Player error followed by performance error.
  15. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    No need to get nervous at an Open Mic. That's why it's called Open Mic. Your band will do fine. Just keep loose and relaxed just like at practice.
  16. Nagrom


    Mar 21, 2004
    Western Canada
    After your first, immediately go do another, no matter what.
  17. No beer for the drummer either! Back in my early days of open mics our drummer would be a nervous wreck and get a few bourbons in, it did NOT help.
  18. Thanks, Zootsuitbass!
  19. Thanks, hsech!
  20. Good advice, Nagrom. Thanks!