Getting The Band Back Together

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by PennyroyalWe, Sep 6, 2020.

  1. PennyroyalWe


    Sep 2, 2018
    I got a surprise call this Friday morning from my* band’s BL, saying he’d like to get the band back together after being on hiatus since March. I’m stoked, I was pretty bummed when it seemed like the band unceremoniously died with the shutdown. This has me wondering how many others here are getting back to practicing with their bands?

    *when I say “my band”, I mean the band I’m the bassist for, as it’s an originals band that doesn’t use substitute players, and this is the bass forum after all.
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  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    After not gigging since early spring, I've had two gigs recently, although both outdoors.
  3. RyanOh

    RyanOh Gold Supporting Member

    I've done 1-3 per month starting June, outside and smaller groups (acoustic guitars with no drums) until last the drummer back. Everything has been outside, but I'm curious to see what happens when the weather turns colder at night.

    Last night was low 60's, still ok. Will people want to hang out until 10-11pm if it's 50's? One venue is thinking about adding fire pits etc. But...winter is coming.
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  4. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
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  5. kevindahl


    Aug 21, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    I had to turn down a gig this weekend due to family issues. I was surprised when it came up as numbers of Covid 19 are drastically increasing.

    There is not a lot of places to play here and live music is pretty much dead.
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  6. PennyroyalWe


    Sep 2, 2018
    Yeah, likewise here there’s not much playing opportunities. The few that do pop up seem to be for small acts; solo/duo & DJ’s (if you can call that live music). At this point we’re just hoping to get back to practicing for writing purposes. We were working on writing a new set right before the pandemic. Now we have to try to remember how those tunes went hahaha.
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  7. PennyroyalWe


    Sep 2, 2018
    Ah, the famous words of House Stark. I agree that fire pits and propane heaters will be the best bet, but even still I’d surprised if people turn out the way they would have were the shows indoors. Sadly it’s mostly been dinner crowd gigs that have started up with outdoor arrangements, here anyway. Doesn’t help me and my mates who play loud, heavy-ish, indie. I’ve contemplated organizing a “showcase in the park” sort of thing to give a gig opportunity for the bands like us, but I’m hesitant as I don’t want to be responsible should it become a Covid spreading event like we’re seeing from Sturgis (not that it would be anywhere near that size).
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  8. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    2o2o is done for in "stick a fork in it" done. However, in the past week, I've gotten a couple of calls for 2021 tentative bookings. Thank heaven for optimists.
  9. jellymax

    jellymax Don't fry any wooden fish

    Nov 29, 2006
    SF CA
    in San Rafael, they close off 4th st downtown, for outdoor dining. ive done several duet gigs
    so far. jazz standards. weather should hold out till halloween.
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  10. pbassnut

    pbassnut Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    Falls Church, VA
    I think people and musicians in particular are getting restless out there. I've gotten a bunch of offers to play gigs in the last six weeks or so. However, nothing has really changed on the COVID-19 front so my beloved queen and I are going to continue our life lockdown until it's safe again. I sure do miss playing, though.
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  11. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    3 gigs this year out of 2 bands. The first band is only playing limited outdoor gigs, typically lower dollar affairs. The second is an interesting situation.

    I've made it clear that I don't want to do toned down versions of the full band because it can hurt the band from a marketing perspective, so 3 of the 6 pieces are doing duo, trio, acoustic type gigs with a Cajon instead of full drums severely downsized PA and a slight band name rebranding. I'm not exactly a fan, but I'm not the B/L. I was asked to play with them once for a private party and we'd be 4 piece. I said yes, but the gig fell through. They know that I'm not interested.
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  12. Remoman


    Mar 14, 2017
    The jazz big band I play in (bone, not bass) had a gig in August but the BL backed out, seems too many members were not comfortable. Now we have one end of October and looks like were moving forward on that. Social distancing a 17 piece band will be interesting. Nothing out of any other band I play in.

    A close friend who's also a bass player has had a couple gigs in July/Aug and had back to back gigs Friday and Saturday this weekend. One of his tribute bands he's in that's quite popular. So a little is coming back for some.

    Another musician friend called the bar/restaurant that his band was playing weekly for two years till the lockdown a while back. They literally treated him like they didn't know who he was or what he was talking about. Live music? What's that?

    Clearly it's all over the map out there.
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  13. BobDeRosa

    BobDeRosa Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 16, 2012
    Finger Lakes area of New York State
    Owner, Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camps
    I've been very lucky. The busiest band I play in has had at least one outdoor gig a week for the past month, and I've picked up a few outdoor jazz gigs as well. This hardly makes up for the 25 or so lost bookings between March and July, but it's something, anyway. Gotta take advantage of opportunities now because here in the Northeast, outdoor gigs will be ending with the colder weather and we're not ready to perform inside yet.
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  14. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Two days ago, we got a call to go back to the Westview Creamery, which we played a while back for a benefit. And my BL is trying to get an early October outdoors gig at the Hungry Tiger in Manchester CT, a place we love but visit infrequently (owner says he'd book us more often if we didn't charge so much; BL just laughs at him). After that, nuthin'. As I've posted elsewhere, we usually have at least 30 dates booked in the coming year by now. The rules in both Massachussets and Connecticut, which is our market, have made indoor shows impossible. And again, to be clear: I'm not complaining about the rules, just indicating the seriousness of the situation. If we have to wait until April for more outdoors gigs, then that's what it will be. Besides, I'm pretty sure at least a few of the places we've played over the last five years will have permanently closed their doors before Christmas. Winter is gonna be tough.
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  15. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I ran some numbers, calculating all the gigs I've lost since March and it worked out that I'm actually ahead about $200.00.
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  16. tb-player

    tb-player sarcasm intended… always! Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    Yeah, we’re starting back up for fall. Still outside stuff but I’ll take it. Next gig is in 2 weeks.

    Of course, I volunteer at a big church in town, as well. We’ve been playing weekly since this whole thing began... sometimes on video to an empty room, but still playing. It’s only a few songs each week, but it’s been enjoyable.
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  17. Jakeman

    Jakeman Swamp Thing

    Jun 26, 2006
    New Orleans, LA
    New Orleans is dead as far as live music goes, so no gigs for me. Rehearsal has changed its format - instead of traditional rehearsal/writing, we're sending recording files back and forth building on each other's ideas. Kinda interesting, but nothing beats being onstage.
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  18. newwavefrank

    newwavefrank Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Salt lake City, UT
    I've played ten nights so far since early June. 8 indoors, 2 outdoors. I have 5 nights booked (all indoors) still this month and 4 (so far) in Oct.
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  19. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Yeah, Don is notoriously cheap...
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  20. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    - no gigs yet, for me.
    - but i've provided/done production for three dates in august (out of state), all outdoors.
    - i played an informal (house/residence) jam last night with a drummer and a guitar player.

    our regular haunts/dives aren't having bands --- solos and duets only --- probably won't fire up again until next year or when it's 'healthy'. as a seven-piece band, indoors, we're into 'pariah' territory...has nothing to do with our music! :laugh:

    it is what it is.

    glad you're getting it back together, OP! :thumbsup:
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