Gig report: Capitol Canyon Club, Prescott AZ 6/9

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Steven Ayres, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Steven Ayres

    Steven Ayres Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    Northern Arizona
    This was a garden party for residents of a golf-centered development for rich people, on an oval greensward below the club building. The singer booked the gig with a pickup sax/flute quartet, including my longtime main man on drums.

    Aside from the usual instant song-structure adjustments for wherever the singer thought she was supposed to come in, the gig went well enough, playing standards from her creaky charts in odd keys. We did have to move around some because the house insisted we set up where the sun would come around the trees. I hadn't played with the pianist or reed man before, but everyone kept ears open and we had a pretty good time.

    On break, one of the drummer's students took a taste of the snare skin. This kid's composing his own complex drum rudiments already.

    Capitol Canyon gig.jpg

    Gear: ES-9 with Gage copperhead, Little Mark II, EA Wizzy 12 on high stand

    4-7pm, gorgeous weather for audience of 40-60, $100/man with a few bucks in tips. (I know, it coulda been twice that if the singer knew how to price.)
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  2. Hi,

    That looks really casual, not a lot of gear to tote, low volume, reading charts so no rehearsal, pretty much hassle-free. Nice gig. Even playing on the grass wouldn't be a big deal in that situation.

    But yeah, whoever booked the gig could have used a little more "car in the driveway" pricing. ;) Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  3. Steven Ayres

    Steven Ayres Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    Northern Arizona
    I wish. But when it's someone new to the game, and even so they have their own unique ideas about how they need to express themselves, and they still believe that they've been hired to massage people's souls with that expression, well, the stakes rise and there can be complications. Best be prepared.
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  4. andawun


    Jul 13, 2009
    "creaky charts in odd keys"!!!
  5. turf3


    Sep 26, 2011
    Ah yes, delusions of grandeur. Nope, it's a garden party for rich people.
  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i like those gigs! i think they can be fun (no hassle) if not memorable --- and it sounds like you had a 'good enough' time. thanks for sharing your gig experience! :thumbsup:
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  7. Looks like minimum gear, $100 for 3 hours, in my part of the world that's not bad. But geography and personal opinion drives the acceptable "I'll work for that" price.

    Thanks for the review.
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  8. I guess the grass is always greener. This looks marvelous.
    That kid will be a great drummer someday methinks!
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