Gig Report (kinda) June 16, 2019

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Koog, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Koog

    Koog Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Iowa USA
    A couple months ago BassCliff filed one of his great reports, albeit in a smaller venue he referred to as a dive bar. Cliff and I exchanged a few humorous private messages about dives and our experiences playing them. The one in his report looked "Cadillac" to me and I promised to soon file a report on a play date in my neck of the woods.

    So, is a promise kept.

    Background: Des Moines, Iowa has a very robust music community, rich in sharing and fellowship among musicians. Part of the result of this is there is a very active jam session scene, with two weekly sessions dominating the scene on Tuesday and Sunday evenings. There is a handful of internationally touring artists that call this area home. Most of them are at least semi regular on the jam scene when they are not touring.

    One of my great musician friends, Kim Mason, and I began hosting the Sunday session in February of 2016 at a venue that had experienced declines in attendance over the couple of years before we began. The, idea was to rebuild interest, perpetuate the jam and, of course, sell adult beverages. So we got started. The venue has a capacity of about 85 souls and the majority of Sundays we fill it with music lovers. Many nights we will have 25 - 35 jammers take the stage. Many are experienced, some are novice, but everyone gets stage time with 3 - 4 songs in their set. Kim and I also endeavor to mentor those that welcome that from us.

    in the spirit of good disclosure, I took a break from hosting beginning in November of 2018 to have some corrective surgeries to my hands, wrists and one elbow, so am just now getting back into the swing. This past Sunday was my second host slot since my hand fixin' began.

    An aside....Kim and I also work with several other wonderful musicians to play at the Central Iowa Homeless Shelter to entertain constituents there every other Saturday, late December through the end of June. This is most rewarding work (volunteer for us all) as it helps give these folks a sense of humanity and really brightens the day for them. The smiles are wonderful, they are incredibly thankful, and we have even discovered some pretty good musicians among their ranks to make some music with us.

    The Report: I don't have photos from the road, but take a 55 mile drive through rolling Iowa, agricultural ground to arrive at the venue.

    The Hull Avenue Tavern, in operation since 1910, the longest continuous operating venue in Central and Southern Iowa. We say it is one of the top 10 dive bars in the universe....and damned proud of it!


    The stage as set up buddy Kim in the photo....great guy....great blues guitarist.


    Their poster.


    Our poster.


    You can order about any domestic beer you like, as long as it's Bud, PBR, Coors, or Miller. A few well drinks too, if one prefers something harder.


    Just like Cliff's gigs we are always offered a mouth watering gourmet meal.


    My rig for the evening. Bergantino Forte with an HG 410. The bass is a Drake Custom 33" fretless PJ.


    My little corner of the stage.


    We had several musicians join us for our opening set.


    Kim on guitar.


    Jason on Drums.


    Rob on keys.


    Kathryn plays a mean blues fiddle.


    Jere on Mississippi saxophone.


    Josh on guitar....a real up and coming young player.


    And, yours truly....everyone's favorite septuagenarian on bass.


    My photos are blurry because I always seem to be moving!

    I mentioned earlier that we get touring musicians joining us from time to time. This past Sunday, we were joined by Kent Burnside, grandson of Mississippi Hill Country Blues pioneer, R.L. Burnside. Kent is in off the road for a short time, and it's always fun to have him as a part of our show. He's a great traditional blues singer and one hot guitarist. He asked me to play bass for him at our session, as he did last Tuesday in the other Des Moines blues jam. Kent is a warm and gregarious guy and it's always my privilege and pleasure to play bass for him.

    Below are a couple of his songs from Sunday. Please excuse the quality, they are cell phone videos taken late in the evening...but you'll sorta get the idea. In the first, he told me to lay down a groove in C and we'd figure it out from there. The second is a take off on Muddy Waters' Catfish Blues. Rather than being like Muddy's version, it is more like the Gary Clark, Jr. version recorded in concert a few years ago.

    Kent is the tall guy to the left of the video. I'm the old guy playing bass on the opposite side of the stage.

    And, before any of you comment on Kent's guitar being a isn't. It's one of Kim's St. Blues guitars about the size of a Gibson Les Paul. Yup, Kent is that big, about 6' 8" and powerfully built.

    The vids:

    Access to the Facebook embedded videos has become more of a technical problem than I can resolve.

    Please see post number 28 for my latest suggestion about seeing them, if you're interested. Sorry for this....guess I'll have to message Mr. Zuckerberg.

    Hope you all enjoy the report. We sure had a fun night of music.

    And, Cliff, this is what the dives are like in my neck of the woods. LOL!

    Best to all.....


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  2. Koog

    Koog Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Iowa USA
    I don't think the videos are sticking. Not sure how to fix that. If anyone can't view them and has suggestions about how to fix this, I'm listening. The links are to Facebook postings. of 8:40 CDT 6/18, the videos are viewable. Please Drop me a note if you can't view them and I'll try and figure out another way.....
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2019
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  3. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Great report! And that Drake looks even better around your neck than it did in the NBD thread!
  4. Hi @Koog!

    Now that's my kind of place! :)

    I'd love to make a jam session there sometime. Thanks for sharing your fun with us. :D

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  5. McG

    McG Goat Hill Gamblers

    Oct 6, 2010
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Very cool stuff you have going on in Iowa. Especially the homeless shelter thing. Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Hi,

    Linking directly to Facebook video can be tricky because of all the privacy settings. It could be the videos are set for "private" or "friends only" and making them "public" would allow them to be viewed here.

    Otherwise there are sites like that may allow you to download the video so that you can upload it to YouTube and share it from there. Again, it depends on the privacy settings. You can "force download" a YT video but it's a bit geeky. You have to follow the proper procedure. You can Google it. There are instructions on the site mentioned earlier.

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  7. Koog

    Koog Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Iowa USA
    Thanks, Cliff. I'll have some time to address it in about an hour. If anyone has not been able to view the videos, please check again a bit later.
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  8. What a cool place for a gig. Very nice
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  9. Koog

    Koog Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Iowa USA
    Sorry for all the confusion about the videos. I think they are viewable now....after Cliff's advice. Please see the black boxes in my original post and click on the "Watch on Facebook" option.

    Thanks for your patience.

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  10. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    cool report :)

    all i see where the videos are supposed to be is a message that says

    Video Unavailable
    This video may no longer exist, or you don't have permission to view it.
    Learn More

    no watch on facebook option or link to the pages the videos are on, which might be handy.
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  11. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i tried. i found you listed on bergantino's page, but not on your own. and i found all these people who aren't you
    Fred Koogler Profiles | Facebook

    is your facebook private, by any chance?
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  12. Koog

    Koog Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Iowa USA
    This is my last post on the subject of the videos. They seem to be viewable on laptops, but not on Android devices. I've tried everything I can think of, including trying to convert the FB images to mp4. I'm not going to devote any more time to working on this. FB is just difficult to work with in these circumstances. They have to protect those images that become their property after they are posted. The person that shot them had the opportunity to send them to me via email as mp4 attachments, but elected to not do me that favor...."I'm too tired"....and instead was satisfied to post them on FB. Anyhow....My apologies to everyone who is not able to view the videos....and yeah, I didn't happen.

    Thanks for viewing my post and for all the kind comments. I hope you enjoyed what I was able to share.

    Best to all.

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  13. G19Tony


    Apr 27, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV
    I'm from Des Moines, and will be back 15-22 July. I've been looking for a friendly and supportive jam, with which to make my drum debut. If things work out, I will stop by. Perhaps you might indulge me for a song or two. :)
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  14. Koog

    Koog Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Iowa USA
    Hey Tony,

    Stop by and see us. I will be hosting bass on July 21. Be glad to get you up to play. Backline is provided and l'll have a fine fretted bass for you to use if you're not traveling with one.

    And, having you on drums will be great too.
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  15. bigswifty1


    Dec 8, 2011
    Cool report, enjoyed the photos, thanks!
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  16. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    The lack of food shots aside.... Love that whole funky bluesy bar scene ... I'm mesmerized with that bar with just about every liqueur known to man... I cant find my favorite though, "Night Train Express"... but Jack will do. ;) Nice gig report sir. keep em coming.
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  17. It's great to see active music communities like this. We have one in our area as well. And I have a great time playing keys for an open-mic house-band once a month. Good players in the house band. We open, and for that we each pick a song preferably something new and usually based on some sort of theme. I call us, The First Time Thru Band.
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  18. SWRnut


    Apr 21, 2008
    Columbia, SC
    Very nice report. Thanks for sharing and I'm sure that your musical community appreciates all that you do.
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  19. G19Tony


    Apr 27, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV
    Thanks! I'm not ready for the bass yet. But I'd give it a go on the drums. :)
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  20. Bunk McNulty

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

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    Oh, yes. This is definitely a dive bar! Great post!
    the hull.jpg
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  21. I want to create a dive bar called "The Holy Diver" . ;)
    Great stuff -looked like fun- albeit a bunch of people were drankin buds :roflmao:
    You know you could play in Tx since you "got a fiddle in the band"
    Thanks for posting!