First post Covid 19 gig in three months, and it felt weird.

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by rockdoc11, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. rockdoc11


    Sep 2, 2000
    My soul/funk/disco band did our first gig last night since the virus stuff got serious in early March. This was a large private party.

    We played outside on a covered patio, with maybe 100 people there. These were wealthy folks, in a neighborhood of one to two million dollar homes.

    I love playing out, but there was an additional strange vibe about this one. I was literally the only person masked there. It WAS outside, and I do live in a low incidence area, but it was just weird to look around and see no masks.

    On the bright side, the three month layoff apparently did little damage. The band was surprisingly tight, and the hosts and the guests were all quite happy.

    Still, though . . .
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  2. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i think it's great that you had a gig experience! :thumbsup: i'm not sure how i'd feel about the "vibe" at your party --- where are you located, generally?

    but yeah: it's cool when things come together after a dry spell. i am now officially living through you and cliff, vicariously! :laugh:
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2020
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  3. Brich


    Nov 18, 2013
    I had a gig this past Saturday too and was also in the same situation. An outdoor event, and no one, excluding me wore a mask. I even felt as if I got weird looks for wearing one. Even the wait staff who was handling food/beverage, and dealing with money wasn't wearing masks or gloves. No one distanced themselves from one another and we even got asked to play an additional hour because the joint was still busy. I hope this isn't typical of most places but in my area of the world, its very surprising to say the least.
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  4. Hi @rockdoc11,

    I'm glad you were making noise out in the fresh air and sunshine. Masks are a lot less common in my area except for those indoor businesses where management requests them, grocery stores, hair and nail salons, etc. I'm more concerned because there were no pictures from this gig. ;)

    I've got a outdoor private party on Saturday at a big horse ranch. I suspect to see very few, if any, masks but the host has scaled down the size of the party to allow room for physical distance for everyone's comfort and safety. I still expect it to be a fun party.

    Take care and God bless.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  5. Artman

    Artman a.k.a. Eddy Garcia Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    Georgetown, TX
    My bandmates booked a gig for July a local bar...indoors...with a tiny Texas. I don’t feel good about it. The BL wanted to play about a month ago when the “governor” first lifted the shelter in place orders. Myself and the drummer suggested that it was too soon, so he asked the club owner for a list of available dates, and we ended up with July 10. Now I see the case counts rising both statewide and locally, and I don’t think I want to risk it.
    At my day job, we all wear masks, but see about half our customers being idiots and not wearing them. And our little shop has been off the charts busy this summer.
    I am hoping that the case trend reverses, but not really expecting it to.
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  6. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    Yes ... whats missing here are pictures .. did this gig really happen.. Hmmmm ;)
  7. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I'm doing my first "gig" tonight. Its a radio station interview/show. Rehearsed with the guys I'll be playing with (not my main band) on Tuesday, and everyone wore masks. I'm a bit concerned about tonight though for several reason (RE the masks)...

    I know a couple of people who have passed away from this who weren't exactly old and unhealthy, and I know more than a few young, healthy people who got hit hard. I spoke with a young woman I work with yesterday (hadn't seen her since schools closed). She got it. Was down for the count for all of April and May, and wound up with Bell's Palsy as a result. She's in her late 20s, no medical issues, eats healthfully, exercises daily. Had we still been working I'd have probably caught it as I at lunch with her all the time.

    I know Covid has become a politically polarized thing, or at least around my parts... but I'm certain its a real and present danger. A lot of those people not wearing masks are going to have to find out the hard way.
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  8. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    @rockdoc11 I was the only guy with a mask.

    wth, but with an f, is what I say.
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  9. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    alas, their co-workers, roommates, relatives and SOs will find out the hard way, too.
  10. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    We did a show a month ago at an outside venue where we've been playing for years. Had a great, well space crowd, and got payed very well- as usual. We're there again tonight and I suspect it will be more of the same. I'll try to get some photos and perhaps post a gig report.
    Things are a bit different out here in the Hill Country of South Texas as opposed to the big cities of San Antonio and Austin, but I suspect the changes the pandemic imposed will have long term impact on tourism, the backbone of our economy here.
  11. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    I have a gig next month and may be the only one wearing a mask.
    Outdoor tent at a local bar with local patrons. At my age I'm taking
    this virus very seriously. I have 2 younger friends who got very sick from Covid-19.
    Thanks for posting and sticking to your conviction.
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  12. rockdoc11


    Sep 2, 2000
    We canceled a long-scheduled July gig at such a small place, as it's just too damn scary.

    I am thinking I wouldn't mind the band going on hiatus until this situation becomes safer. In fact, I think it more likely than not that that's what we're going to end up doing.
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  13. Artman

    Artman a.k.a. Eddy Garcia Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    Georgetown, TX
    We’ve just cancelled the gig that was booked for July 10. The small bar is still operating even though bars are now shut down in our state again. How? They’re also a restaurant (even though nobody goes there to eat, but the place is regularly packed. Anyway, I don’t feel good about the gig with the number of active cases growing exponentially again in our state and town, so I spoke up about it in a group chat. The drummer wasted no split seconds in agreeing with me. The LG and BL decided at that point that it’s alright to skip this one and wait for better conditions.
    Big weight off of my back! Now I can chill out and return to the woodshed for a bit.
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