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Gig Pictures

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by zac2944, Nov 30, 2005.


  1. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    I saw Heath the Great's "gig pix" post yesterday and thought that I should put up some gig pictures too.

    I've been playing with Booty Vortex, (www.bootyvortex.com) a 14 piece funk and disco band out of Boston. These pics are from a gig we did last week at Johnny D's in Somerville, MA. The stage was too small for 14 people, but we had a blast and will be there again on Dec. 16th.

    Check out the cool Disco outfits!

    If you look close you can see my GK/Schroder rig.
     

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  2. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    And just in case you can't get enough....
     

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  3. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    NJ
    14 people !? *** would you need that many for ? What do each take home about 14 cents for each gig ?
     
  4. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    We need 14 people to do it right. 4 piece horn section, 3 ladies singing backup, 2 front men, 4 piece rhythm section, and 1 percussionist. It's the music we're playing. That's how it was done back in the day. Big band, big funk.

    We actually make pretty good money. We got $950 that night, split 14 ways is about $70 a man. That's good enough for me. Wedding and corporate gigs bring in $2k-$4k. None of us do it for the money anyway. We just love to play.
     
  5. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    NJ
    I can see it on the wedding and corporate deals, but for bars, I don't know. Personally, I wouldn't be happy with only $70 a night. I take it that none of the instrumentalists sing ? God bless you if you can get that kind of money, but it wouldn't fly in Jersey unless you guys were huge (following wise). And even then, only in a few select clubs.
     
  6. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    That's how it works here too. We only play select clubs, once a month, and have a great following. We take the big money gigs when we can get them.

    Like I said though, we all do it for the fun. Everyone works a day job. The money is just a bonus.
     
  7. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    Looks like fun! In a small club it would be hard to figure out where the band ends and the crowd starts!
     
  8. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    My band is now nine and will be ten again when we find another female back up singer. But 14! How do you get everyone to rehearsals? That's our biggest problem. When you do rehears all together, where do you find the room to do it? We rehears at a local Middle School Music room. It helps when your baritone sax is the Middle School music teacher. But what a job it is to get every one to rehearsal.
     
  9. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Yes, it can be difficult. We have a very dedicated bunch. Everyone loves the music. When we find out that someone is not 100% with it, we usually end up replacing them. That's how we got where we are; 100% dedication from everyone.

    Our rehearsal space is tight, but we're used to it. It is usually tighter on stage. Many of the clubs in Boston are tiny.

    Good luck with your band.
     
  10. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    That dedication thing can be difficult when the band starts out with a bunch of friends. That's how mine is. But now we have had a shift of power in the band to our guitarist who is more musically orientated. It's much better now, we sound better now and the two guys who were dragging everyone down have now improved greatly because of it. It's fun getting those corporate gigs.

    We don't have the space problem in clubs because we don't do clubs. We have 5 doctors in the band, so no one wants to be out until 2AM in a smokey bar. We don't play as much as I would like, but that's the trade off.
     
  11. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    BTW: Cool pictures. I think it's great that you guys get that into it that you dress up too! Have fun!
     
  12. bassjus

    bassjus

    Mar 30, 2004
    Mass
    Cool pics man, do you guys gig there regularly? You got any dates comming up in the area, I'd love to hear you guys.
     
  13. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Yeah, we'll be at Johnny D's again on Friday December 16th. You should check it out.

    I saw on your profiles that you're from Westford. I work in Westford for Courier.

    Small world.
     
  14. bassjus

    bassjus

    Mar 30, 2004
    Mass
    Hopefully I'll be able to make it up there. Seems like a fun band.

    I live about 5 minutes away from courier.
     
  15. DAM. That bass looks awesome, but I can't really see it that good. I want a closer look at it!!
    Anyway, looks like it was fun. I'd love to be in a huge funk band like that. Regardless of how much/how little money you make, it must be so much fun to play in a big REAL funk band like that.
     
  16. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    As stated earlier, my band isn't as big as zac's (9- 10), but it's a lot of fun when you've got a horn section playing some cool charts, back up singers doing their thing. On the other hand, it takes about twice as long to learn a new song... at least it does in my big band.

    Also, when you're in a big band like that, you (and everyone else) has to concentrate on not playing too much. If everyone is filling in licks here and their, it sounds too messy. It really is a different animal, but fun.
     
  17. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    more pics.
     

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  18. zac2944

    zac2944 Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    and more.
     

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  19. Dkerwood

    Dkerwood

    Aug 5, 2005
    Midwest
    I played in a 15 piece band for about three years (bass, guitar, 2 keyboards, drummer, percussionist, 2 trumpets, 2 saxes, trombone, 2 male singers, 2 female singers). The easiest way to get songs learned quickly and efficiently is to have someone in the band chart them - at least the horn parts.

    The downside of charts is that a) it takes longer initially (but less time in rehearsal), and b) you either have to memorize the charts or have music in front of you. Of course, having that music is useful if you want to play long gigs on short notice (not having to rely purely on memory is a GOOD thing).
     
  20. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    Very true. My band improved greatly by adding another horn player who rewrote all the horn parts and then wrote parts for songs with no charts. He's written some charts for everyone in the band too. It improved us instantly.